Somatic Memory

A Study in Trauma and Somatic Memory

Saturday 13 June 2020 - London

A One-Day Workshop with Dr Janina Fisher PhD

(WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY BOOKINGS FOR LIVE EVENTS AT PRESENT)

It is not the traumatic events that haunt survivors for decades afterward. It is the impact or legacy of those events in the form of emotional, body and behavioural memories.
Janina Fisher, PhD

In this workshop, we will look at how the neuroscience and attachment research of the past twenty years has transformed our notions of “memory”. We now know that “the body keeps the score,” that our most painful experiences are less often remembered than encoded in wordless somatic and emotional memories.

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SPEAKERS

Dr Janina Fisher,

FULL PROGRAMME

09.30
Registration and Coffee

10.00
“The Body Keeps the Score”
Brain science has transformed our understanding of what it means to remember trauma by demonstrating what happens when a memory is evoked: areas of the brain dedicated to verbal and autobiographical memory are inhibited while structures in nonverbal areas become highly active, showing increased emotional, perceptual and body memories. We re-experience the feeling of being traumatised without always knowing what events these are linked to; our bodies and emotions remember events for which we have no words or pictures.

11.15
Coffee

11.45
What is a Memory?
Implicit emotional and somatic memories evoked by association to past events are not always recognisable as memories as such. With no connection to that event, it is hard to know if we are reacting or remembering. Even more problematic is trauma-related “procedural” memory or memory for function and habit. In a dangerous world, individuals learn automatic ways of surviving and coping without any conscious connection to the events that conditioned them. Helping clients to notice and recognise their implicit memories as part of their story is the first step in recovering from trauma. Without the ability to know what is memory, clients may feel as afraid or ashamed in their present-day lives as they were in the past.

13.00
Lunch

14.00
Transforming One’s Relationship to a Traumatic Past
Cutting edge research and treatment approaches focus on how the brain and body hold the aftermath of trauma and neglect. If the “body keeps the score”, then we must include the body and the nervous system in talking therapy treatments and if the implicit memories are what activate post-traumatic responses we must somehow address them. Where the traumatic past poisons relationships, the ability to function or the ability to sleep through the night, the client must be helped to transform their experience in those arenas. Using interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems and clinical hypnosis, we will consider how implicit memories can be addressed and resolved.

15.15
Tea

15.45
A Repair Model, not a Remembering Model
It is not the traumatic events that haunt survivors for decades afterward. It is the impact or legacy of those events in the form of emotional, body and behavioural memories. Addressing those events gives the client a perspective or context, but it doesn’t fundamentally change the implicit memories or their impact on the client’s ongoing life. A repair model focuses on counteracting the traumatic past by resolving the body and emotional memories, transforming habitual survival strategies, and facilitating new experiences that change their relationship to what happened and to how they survived.

16.45
Discussion

17.00
End

FEES

Handouts and lunch included:

Confer member:
£96 (BOOKING CLOSED)
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Self-funded:
£120 (BOOKING CLOSED)

2 x Self-funded:
£200 (BOOKING CLOSED)

Psychotherapy trainee:
£80 (BOOKING CLOSED)

CPD

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

VENUE

6th Floor, Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0DT

DIRECTIONS & MAP >>

SCHEDULE

Saturday
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15.15 Tea
17:00 End

BOOKING CONDITIONS

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