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Working therapeutically in the aftermath of disasters
Sat 14 January 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
9 30 am for 10 am start - 5 pm
This workshop is intended for counsellors, therapists, social workers, healthcare professionals and anyone else interested or involved in the field of disaster trauma. Maximum 16 participants.
WHY FOCUS ON DISASTERS?
In recent years, we have all witnessed TV images of unprecedented devastation from terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France, Belgium, Turkey and the United States. There has aIso been an awareness of attacks in other parts of the world. For those directly affected by disasters the wounds of such large scale trauma are likely to take a lifetime to heal - if they ever do. As members of caring professions, we are likely to feel compelled to use our skills to alleviate the suffering we see in the media but may not know how to get involved or how to best apply our skills in a disaster situation.
WHAT WILL BE ADDRESSED IN THE WORKSHOP
This one-day workshop will address the impact of disasters on those directly affected, such as bereaved relatives or survivors. It will outline therapeutic work in responding to disaster trauma from acute stage intervention to long-term integration on a personal and collective level. We will be using Jelena’s narrative as a founder of a 9/11 families association, a psychotherapist and an advocate for the needs of those affected by disasters for nearly 15 years, as well as the teachings of psychosynthesis, poetry and myth. We will attempt to deepen our understanding of the relationship between collective and individual trauma and how to best use our therapeutic skills to help those who have suffered a disaster.
Coffee and tea provided. Please bring packed lunch.
Lunch break 1 - 2 pm.
About the facilitators
Jelena Watkins, MA, UKCP registered
Jelena is a London based psychosynthesis psychotherapist, working both in private practice and for a specialist trauma organisation funded by the Government to provide psychological support for people directly affected by terrorism or homicide. Originally from former Yugoslavia, she was one of the founding members of September 11 UK Families Support Group which was formed in 2002. In this role, Jelena has been involved in processes of memorial designs, negotiations with the government around supporting victims of terror and in creating support structures for family members of victims. Her other involvement in the field of disasters is as an executive board member of Disaster Action, an umbrella organisation for the survivors or bereaved after disasters. Jelena has spoken on the subject of therapeutic work in the aftermath of terrorism at international conferences and has had articles on this subject published in the media and professional journals. See jelenawatkins.com
Suzanne Lyn-Cook MA , CQSW, HCPC and UKCP registered
Suzanne lives in London and she is of Caribbean heritage, brought up in the UK. She is a Psychosynthesis therapeutic counsellor with extensive experience of group work and community building. She has worked in the health and social sector for over 37 years in a variety of roles, including as a social worker, service manager and organisational consultant. Her personal background has led her, in her professional life, to be drawn to explore the interplay between the individual, groups and society, and as part of this interest she has worked with issues of diversity, equality and personal empowerment. She has a commitment to working with people to heal and recover from trauma, loss and marginalisation, to enable them to fulfil their potential both personally and professionally.
As part of their commitment to working with disaster trauma over the last year Jelena and Suzanne set up and have facilitated a support group for UK survivors of the Paris terror attack.
Please get in touch by phone on 020 8567 1880 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.