San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This event is an exploration of how trauma impacts parents, would-be parents, whether in a partnership or single, and children of parents. We are all children of parents, and some of us become parents of children.
Parents, whether as a couple or single, LGBT or straight, adoptive or biological create the psychological and emotional space and atmosphere in which children incubate, live and grow, and children must live in their parent's psychological world. They have no choice in this regard.
Children are the reflection of their parents' distress, and it is always better to address the parent's issues than to focus on the 'difficult' child. Children are the symptoms of the parents' unresolve trauma, never the problem themselves. When parents work with their own trauma and integrate their psychological splits, they create a clearer emotional and psychological space in which children can grow, flourish and develop. Hyper-active children are only reflecting the anxiety of their mother; depressed children reflect the unresolved grief of the parent; frightened and anxious children reflect the suppressed fears and anxieties of the parents. Adolescent problems such as depression, anorexia, bulimia, self-harming and suicidal intentions similarly are a reflection of the long reach of the parents' unconscious trauma.
If we understand the role of trauma in our lives, particularly our entanglement with the traumas of our parents (and the resulting impact on our children) the possibilities of early trauma (pre- peri- and post-natal) and the trauma of a disturbed bonding process between child and parent, then we are on the way to resolving these traumas within ourselves, thereby creating a calmer and clearer connection with our children.
During this workshop we will work with the Intention Method and the theories of Identity Therapy developed by Professor Franz Ruppert to increase participants' understanding of their own situation. Those who wish to do a personal exploration using the Intention Method will be decided by a ballot system at the workshop. This workshop will also provide a forum for participants to discuss and understand what it is to be a parent with trauma, and how this impacts our children.
Please be aware that this workshop may involve emotional experiences as the topic is the exploration of personal trauma.
If you are new to this work you might like to read some of the posts on my blog, perhaps starting with An Introduction to the Theory of Multi-Generational Psycho-Traumatology, or one of the books by Franz Ruppert (the originator of this theory and work) or myself. A good starting book is Becoming Your True Self by me.
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All fees must be paid in full on application. It is not possible to have a fee reduction if only part of the workshop is attended. If you have any difficulty with payment please get in touch with me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full refund less 25% up until 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. You can transfer to a later workshop at not cost up until 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. After that no refunds are possible. If the event has to be cancelled you will have a full refund.
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