Working Therapeutically with Violent Behaviour
A one-day workshop with Dr Eoin Galavan
London, 24 June 2016 (Saturday)
10.00AM – 4.30PM
It can be especially challenging for therapists to work with clients who have had a history of violent behaviour or who continue to rely on violence or aggression as a coping strategy. It is critical that therapists feel confident and well equipped in assisting clients in managing such potentially violent manifestations. The challenge is further accentuated by the fact that therapists are simultaneously trying to avoid vicarious traumatisation and struggling with the countertransference issues that such behaviour provokes.
This practical and therapeutically inclined one-day workshop by Dr Eoin Galavan, which will be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, CBT practitioners, psychiatrists and counsellors, overviews current psychological research and clinical approaches to managing violent behaviour, elucidating the relevance of attachment experiences, mentalisation, modelling and conditioning. The workshop explores effective assessment and therapy within a non-forensic setting and uses case vignettes to highlight appropriate psychological approaches to working with violent behaviour. Drawing on his long standing experience and the works of Peter Fonagy & James Garbarino, Dr Galavan helps us, as practitioners to not just understand the underlying psychology of violent behaviour but feel confident in our assessment, frameworks and therapeutic approaches when faced with aggression.
About the Speaker:
Dr Eoin Galavanis a qualified and registered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist. He has extensive experience working with clients who present with violent behaviour or histories of violent behaviour in public mental health services. Dr Galavan is the Clinical Lead on the SATS, providing treatment based on the CAMS model to suicidal patients in his daily clinical practice. He is a Senior Supervising Psychologist, Clinical Tutor and lecturer on the D.Clin.Psych. training program at Trinity College Dublin. Dr Galavan is also a trained DBT therapist and former team leader on the North Dublin ‘Evolve’ DBT program. He is a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Health Service Executive working in both community based and acute Adult Mental Health clinical environments.
10:00AM Session 1. The Psychology of Violence
The first session will provide an overview of recent theory & research regarding the psychology of violence, explaining the linkages with attachment experiences, mentalisation, modelling and conditioning in relation to violent behaviour. In particular, we will focus on the factors that put clients at risk of becoming violent – as explained by the works of Peter Fonagy and James Garbarino.
11:30AM Coffee Break
11:45AM Session 2: Working Therapeutically with Violent Behaviour
This section will explore applying psychological approaches to working directly with violent behaviour as a therapeutic issue. Non-violent communication strategies, emotional and behavioural regulation, anger management, interpersonal communication and non-violent caregiving approaches will be explored. Case material will be utilised to highlight a psychological approach to working with violent behaviour.
1:00PM: Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop)
1:45PM: Session 3: Clinical issues including risk
In this session, the impact of violence on the therapeutic relationship will be explored. In particular, we will explore the role of risk in clinical engagement, while considering prediction and prevention strategies for violent behaviour. Overall, the session will offer a framework to help clients decrease their reliance on violent or aggressive coping and learn non-violent means of responding.
2:25PM: Coffee Break
2:45PM Session 4: Practice Role Play, Discussion, Feedback
The final session brings the workshop to a close with practical hands-on role plays for attendees, so they can utilise the therapeutic strategies outlined in their own clinical settings. Role play and discussion will be utilized throughout the afternoon sessions.
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