In addition to our scheduled training we can deliver any of our courses to your organisation. These packages can be adapted to suit the strengths, challenges and needs of your organisation and its staff. All training sessions are interactive, facilitated by trauma-informed trainers with extensive knowledge of working with individuals who have experienced trauma. This is often a very cost-effective way to train a number of people in your organisation who need similar training. You provide the event space and we deliver a course tailored to your particular needs.
We currently provide training on:
Deep Dive into Shame
Working with clients who have experienced sexual violence trauma is more often than not very closely linked to working with shame. I would like to offer an opportunity to explore ‘Shame’ together.
On the surface shame might be experienced as a silencer, as a green slime covering the person with its rich layers of disgust, forcing the person into isolation. The shame of not having ‘fought back’, the shame of ‘ not knowing how to help themselves’ in the aftermath of the traumatic experience, the shame of ‘not getting over it faster’.
As we dive deeper into the shame we find the shame that comes with having to out oneself to each new friend and sexual partner as a ‘me-too’ survivor. The shame when a survivor gets triggered during sexual intimacy.
And diving deeper still we find the shame of having to ask for help, for having to have counselling/therapy. The shame of what we had to split off from, like the physical arousal during the assault.
The shame of the various coping strategies which had to be developed.
And as we travel even deeper into the shame we find the perpetrator with their projections of ‘blame shifting and shame dumping’, which leaves the survivor holding it all, silenced and full of self loathing.
The training will be part theory and part experimental.
If you are interested in attending this training event we would like to encourage you to bring some client material which we can explore in confidence.
We would like to offer some space to look at our own shame, which might get triggered as we feel ‘not good enough’, when we are sitting with the shame induced silences and self loathing of our clients.
The legacy of trauma. Exploring intergenerational trauma through the family tree.
Genograms are a visual representation of a person’s generational family system. It goes beyond a traditional family tree by allowing you and your client to visualise relational patterns that influenced and keep on influencing beliefs about ourselves and our relationships.
Genograms allow us to record pivotal moments, and notable patterns can be acknowledged.Genograms help us to be curious about relationships in the family from the perspective of different family members.
In this training you will learn how to draw up Genograms alongside your clients. This might help you to illustrate the client’s intergenerational issues.
We can learn about how anxiety, rage, connection/disconnection, love, neglect, shame were and are expressed within the intergenerational context. Influence of religion, war, migration, class and gender roles can be explored.
Furthermore Genograms allow us to explore possible legacy burdens of racial traumas, mental health, sexual traumas, impact of domestic violence and the beliefs these burdens created in us.
Legacy burdens are beliefs, emotions, sensations or traumas that are not necessarily from our own life experience.
You will learn to use the different standard symbols for Genograms.
You will learn about using systemic questions to help the client share their information.
By externalising the patterns, beliefs and traumas on paper, we can help the client to further validate their experiences.
Genograms are also a great tool to use in supervision, a way to quickly get a picture of a client’s issues.
We hope you will join us for this quite exciting and useful training event.
The reality of working with sexual violence trauma
When people face a sexual violence trauma, their physical and emotional survival and wellbeing are under threat. They might be consumed by feelings of fear, terror and dread.
This can leave survivors, and the people who support them, struggling with their feelings in the aftermath of their experiences; it can take some time to learn how to respond.
It can therefore be difficult for people to understand the impact that trauma may have on an individual’s mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Levine (2015) states that trauma shocks the brain, stuns the mind, and freezes the body; it interrupts the connections between parts of the brain.
“Trauma is a chronic disruption of connectedness” Stephen Porges
However counselling and therapy is also about connecting when sexual violence trauma has turned that space between us into a place of fear and mistrust, then we need to know how to help a client to navigate.
This training is designed to develop participants’ ability to respond confidently to survivors of rape or sexual abuse. It uses current research to provide a basic understanding of trauma and the potential impact it can have on human beings.
It also invites participants to consider their personal beliefs and responses to sexual violence and how this may influence their ability to effectively respond to survivors.
By attending this professional development workshop participants will:
· Develop their understanding of sexual violence
· Understand the neurobiology of trauma and the use of adaptive responses
· Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatization and support recovery within time-limited as well as longer term therapy
· Reflect on strategies for self-care
The course is a mixture of guided and experiential learning. A good range of electronic resources are provided to compliment the workshop learning.
The trainers engage actors to help demonstrate the theory as well as give an opportunity to reflect on our practice.
Ways of working with trauma related hurt in attachment.
Attachment is an emotional bond which means ‘no matter what’ you will be here, reliable, kind and forever always. Attachment is about experiencing someone ‘tuning in’ to us, getting us, choosing us and liking us, and letting us grow and eventually letting us leave.
We speak about ‘hurt in the attachment’ when primary caregivers are not reliable, not kind, frightened themselves, and/or neglectful, and/or abusive, or one day attentive and the next day neglectful/abusive. This hurt shapes us deeply as human beings and we form different habits in our relationship patterns to ‘protects’ us from further hurt.
“One role of a therapist is to bring awareness to the client’s attachment patterns and then intentionally help create new pathways for clients to take, as they unlearn their long-established habits”. Alan Sroufe & Daniel Siegel, 2011
This professional development training was developed to further your understanding, knowledge and skills for working therapeutically with your client’s trauma-related hurt in their attachment.
We will look at the contributing factors in the development which lead to hurt in your client’s attachment. We will explore different relational patterns and corresponding attachment strategies.
Together we will look at why the therapeutic relationship might be perceived or experienced as dangerous. We will explore how our client behaviours might leave us feeling confused and destabilised.
The training will help you to develop awareness and open curiosity towards your own attachment patterns, and your reactions to your client’s attachment needs.
We will bring perspectives to questions such as why change might be unsettling, and why empathic responses can feel so threatening to some of our clients. We will look at ways of working with relational habits of push and pull, withdrawal, anger, and how we can best respond to these protective attachment strategies.
“Trauma is a chronic disruption of connectedness” Stephen Porges