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Working Relationally with Survivors of Complex Trauma with Christiane Sand...
Wed 3 May 2017, 09:30 – 16:00 BST
This workshop introduces current perspectives on complex trauma and childhood sexual abuse, its impact and long term effects and the need for a trauma informed practice model when working with survivors. Cutting edge research in neuroscience will explore how the right brain storage of complex trauma leads to the body keeping the score and how this links to somatisation and post-traumatic stress reactions. The focus will be on how to link symptoms to a history of complex trauma how to aid recovery through the use of safe trauma therapy and a range of therapeutic techniques that promote right brain engagement. This is best achieved through working relationally in which the centrality of the therapeutic relationship to undo the de-humanising effects of complex trauma is paramount. Emphasis will be placed on ’being with’ rather than ‘doing to’ clients by creating a safe and secure base in which survivors can begin to trust and reconnect to self and others, without fear of re-traumatisation or being shamed. In addition, the range of challenges that practitioners face when working with survivors of CSA such as fear of re-traumatisation, somatic countertransference, dissociation, vicarious traumatisation and compassion fatigue will be highlighted, alongside the importance of counsellor self-care to minimise secondary traumatic stress, such that we can remain present with clients and facilitate post traumatic growth.
Christiane Sanderson is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. . With 28 years’ experience working in child sexual abuse interpersonal trauma and domestic abuse (and trauma), she has run consultancy and training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, the NSPCC and the Refugee Council. She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Introduction of Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 3rd Edition, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence, The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends all published by One in Four
Ticket price includes buffet lunch. Please note parking is limited to surrounding residential areas. Where possible we would encourage you to car share.