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Saturday, 18 November 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00

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Managing Power, Control, Boundary and Attachment Dynamics when working with Survivors of Abuse

A one-day training workshop with Christiane Sanderson

London, 18 November 2017, Saturday

10.00 am – 4.00 pm

 

When working with survivors of physical, sexual, domestic or spiritual abuse, practitioners need to ensure that abuse dynamics do not inadvertently get replicated in the therapeutic process, while always being mindful of the need to minimise re-traumatisation. As therapists, we are aware that the systematic and repeated misuse of power and control that underpins abuse and complex trauma such as the use of threat, terror, silence, secrecy, shame and distortion of reality dehumanises survivors and renders them voiceless and vulnerable. These dynamics can often get re-enacted during the therapeutic process through client-therapist interactions that assert power and control, appeasement behaviours such as compliance and submission, boundary violations and oscillations between connection and disconnection.

This training workshop, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, aims to identify the ways in which these dynamics manifest within the therapeutic space and how these can be managed. The objective is to facilitate a more collaborative, non-hierarchical and relational approach in which survivors can truly heal, rather than being catapulted back into trauma dynamics. To this effect the importance of ‘being with’ rather than ‘doing to’ will be emphasised alongside practical ways by which re-shaming or re-traumatising of survivors is minimised, so as to offer a genuine human relationship in which our clients have the safe opportunity to recover and heal.
 

Specifically, we will consider:

  • The dehumanising impact of power and control on survivors of abuse
  • The role of silence, secrecy, boundary violations and distortion of reality
  • The impact of complex trauma on attachment and relational difficulties, including the trauma bond and how this can manifest in the therapeutic relationship
  • How to manage power and control dynamics in the therapeutic relationship
  • Attachment and the dual liability – where clients are unable to seek comfort from an attachment figure, who might also be the abuser
  • How to work with the fact that survivors of abuse experience relationships as dangerous and terrifying, rather than as sources of comfort
  • How we can create a safe, predictable and consistent therapeutic space to reverse the unpredictability and inconsistency associated with trauma
  • How we can facilitate a more collaborative, non-hierarchical and relationship approach through ‘being with’ rather than ‘doing to’ 

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Broadway House
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Saturday, 18 November 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00


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nscience is an independent organisation that seeks to explore the interdisciplinary richness of mental health disciplines. Through a series of seminars, workshops and conferences that are conducted throughout the year, we aim to present the latest advances in theory and research to practitioners; with a view to furthering their continuing professional development.

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