The Truth about Trauma and Dissociation; Part I
The adult child in therapy
With Dr Valerie Sinason
Recorded Saturday 27 March 2021
Valerie Sinason is a world leader in the study of traumatology. After decades of working psychotherapeutically with some of the most psychologically wounded people, she has found a way to talk about their unbearable experiences with extraordinary insight, compassion and balance.
This webinar explores many of the issues outlined in her latest work, The Truth about Trauma and Dissociation: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask.READ MORE...
In this webinar she will describe what she has learnt about hearing, accepting and responding to their accounts. She will take us through the key concepts of trauma and dissociation as they relate to those who have experienced harm or abuse in childhood and offering clinical expertise on therapeutically empowering responses.
Linking extreme childhood adversities in many forms, this seminar is a relational guide to trauma which builds confidence and skill in the therapist, helping us to learn what we need to be able to hear without a loss of feelings.
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Dr Valerie Sinason
Part 1 – Key Concepts
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a way of documenting traumatic events in childhood and up to the age of 18. They include all forms of abuse and neglect, as well as domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction in parents. It is not surprising to trauma-informed clinicians that those who experience such major overwhelming physical and emotional assaults should have this reflected in the brain as well. The adult client who comes into therapy may have multiple issues that require patient unfolding and the development of trust. We will consider how this can be developed, and how to navigate back-firing, regression and ruptures in the relationship.
Part 2 – D.I.D.
The most extreme form of dissociation in response to trauma is dissociative identity disorder (DID). This largely comes from the painful double circumstances of both an external trauma and a disorganised attachment. Tragically, it is also the least understood and the least trained for and we will consider how to recognise its signature manifestations. Valerie will offer insights into how she has learnt to listen to the unimaginable or unbelievable so that fragments of the splintered psyche can become tolerable to the patient, and more integrated states of mind can develop.
Part 3 – War Trauma
War is inherently a stressor that is strong enough to break through the protective shield of mind and skin and it continues worldwide. It includes specific clusters of trauma, from killing and rape to broken attachments and moral trauma. Child casualties are also inflicted by suicide attacks and the use of children as human bombs. In areas of conflict, children are victimised not only by the trauma of war, loss, injury, separation from family or death of family, but also by being forcibly enlisted to carry out attacks on behalf of the ruling group. This session will consider how we work with the refugee in therapy who has survived such experiences.