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A full day of talks exploring mind, body and brain approaches to healing from trauma.

About this Event

Trauma is at the root cause of many of the mental health problems we face today.

Research from The University of Liverpool has found that traumatic life events are the single biggest cause of anxiety and depression.

And with one in three adults in the UK reporting experiencing a traumatic event at least once in their lifetime, it’s a lot more widespread than we commonly think.

Until recently, our understanding of psychological trauma was limited.

We thought it was something we could ‘get over’ and eventually move on from.

But new developments in the fields of neuroscience, developmental psychopathology, and interpersonal neurobiology have revealed that trauma causes actual physiological changes in the brain and body. It alters the brain’s alarm system and increases stress hormone activity, causing physical and emotional problems long after the event has taken place.

The good news is - advances in our knowledge about the basic processes that underlie trauma, have led to the development of innovative treatments that can help us heal, and move on with our lives.

In this series of talks, we’ll explore three of these approaches, including:

  • Somatic Experiencing and Trauma; how this body-orientated approach can address the root causes of traumatic symptoms, release traumatic shock, transform PTSD, and heal the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma - Giselle Genillard
  • Polyvagal Theory and Trauma; how traumatic experiences get ‘trapped’ in the nervous system, triggering negative emotions and unwanted behaviours long after the event has taken place, and how a polyvagal approach can offer a powerful solution - Deb Dana
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Trauma; why traumas (particularly in early life) cause us to ‘exile’ and cut off from parts of our personality, how this creates toxic internal conflict, and how IFS can help us heal and reintegrate these parts, so we can enjoy more wellbeing in day to day life - Dr Richard Schwartz, PhD

You’ll learn how these unique insights can benefit your own life, but also your ability to help others too.

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Lectures and Speakers

Somatic Experiencing & Trauma - Giselle Genillard

Giselle Genillard, founder and director of “SOS INTERNATIONALE”, is a Licensed Midwife, a member of the European Association of Body Psychotherapy (EABP), a Somatic Experiencing (SE)® Practitioner,, a Touch-in-Parenting Instructor and founding Secretary of the Board of EASE, the European Association for Somatic Experiencing.

Giselle combines her training as a somatic therapist with the art of midwifery, the core principles of SE, and her widespread cross-cultural experiences. She works internationally, is multilingual, and was a member of trauma outreach teams in South-East India post-tsunami, New Orleans post-Katrina and post-colonial South Africa post-independence. Giselle brought Peter Levine’s (“Waking the Tiger”) SE trainings to England and France and teaches workshops related to traumatic stress worldwide. Giselle specializes in working with PTSD in early childhood disorders, adolescents, combat and high-stress situations, and international disasters.

Polyvagal Theory and Trauma - Deb Dana

Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma. She is a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute, Clinical Advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors.

Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices, co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies, and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart. For more information, please see: rhythmofregulation.com.

Internal Family Systems & Trauma - Dr Richard Schwartz, PhD

Richard Schwartz, PhD., began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. He focused on the relationships among these parts and noticed that there were systemic patterns to the way they were organized across clients. He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self. He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over fifty articles about IFS. Learn more at: https://ifs-institute.com/

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Event Schedule

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Somatic Experiencing & Trauma - Giselle Genillard
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Polyvagal Theory & Trauma - Deb Dana
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Afternoon break
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Internal Family Systems & Trauma - Dr Richard Schwartz, PhD

FAQs

How does the Online Video Conference Work?

After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a unique link and instructions to join the video conference.

Will I be able to ask questions?

You will be able to submit questions to each speaker during the Q+A sessions.

What if I miss part of one of the lectures? Will I have access to the recordings?

Yes, those who participate will have lifetime access to the presentations – so you can catch up in your own time.

If you have any further questions, please email niall@theweekenduniversity.com for more information.

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Who is this event for?

You might be:

  • A mental health practitioner; psychotherapist, counsellor or coach, attending for continuing professional development
  • A psychology student seeking to broaden your knowledge in different areas of the subject
  • Considering a transition into a career in psychology, but not sure exactly what route to take yet
  • A member of the general public attending for the sheer joy of learning and exploring your curiosity.

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The Weekend University seeks to guarantee an excellent learning experience.

If you are not fully satisfied with the day, you will receive 100% of your money back, and we will cover the cost of your travel to and from the venue.

Refund Policy

We offer a full refund if you cancel within 7 days of the event date.

For cancellations in the week leading up to the event, tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

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