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Saturday, 28 October 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00

Working with Domestic Abuse

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Working with Domestic Abuse

A one-day workshop with Christiane Sanderson

Dublin, 28 October 2017, Saturday

10.00 am – 4.00 pm

 

Domestic Violence services across Ireland answer nearly 50,000 helpline support and information calls in a year. On average, two women a week in the UK are murdered by their partner or ex-partner. While much of the clinical literature focuses on physical violence in domestic abuse (DA), there is increasing evidence that power, control, coercion and emotional abuse is used to control partners in intimate relationships. This workshop, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, aims to enhance our comprehension of DA, its impact and long term effects on survivors; while explaining how, as practitioners, we can work effectively using the principles of safe trauma therapy, psychoeducation and stabilisation to restore control and to allow for the processing of the DA narrative. It will look at the spectrum of DA, including the dynamics of control and coercion in emotional abuse, and the role of shame and humiliation that silences those who are being domestically abused.

The workshop will consider the use of physical force, sexual violence, financial abuse, spiritual abuse and revenge porn, and identify those most at risk of DA. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the processes involved in DA such as grooming victims, the cycle of abuse, the role of dissociation and thought blindness that supports the trauma bond which binds the couple.  The aim is to understand the role of attachment and fear of abandonment that underpins much of DA and how this manifests relationally both for the couple and practitioners working with DA. We also look at the importance of the therapeutic relationship in restoring relational worth, mitigating the de-humanising effects of DA and restoring autonomy and self-agency. 

Conceptualising DA within the complex trauma framework, we consider the processing of the DA narrative and the facilitation of post traumatic growth. By identifying the challenges of working with DA and introducing a range of therapeutic skills, practitioners will feel more equipped when working with survivors of DA and enhance their comprehension of the transformative effects of post traumatic growth for both clients and practitioners.

Specifically, we will consider:

  • The nature and dynamics of DA, such as the role of charm and enticement, the use of control and coercion, the cycle of abuse, the nature of thought blindness that facilitates the trauma bond and the role of silence, secrecy and shame  
  • The intergenerational transmission of DA through attachment and relational deficits
  • The characteristics of male and female perpetrators
  • DA as complex trauma and its neurobiological impact
  • The psychological impact and long term effects of DA on partners, and children
  • Obstacles to leaving an abusive relationship
  • The importance of developing safety plans when leaving
  • The principles of trauma informed practice model when working with survivors of DA
  • The role of the therapeutic relationship in restoring autonomy and self-agency 
  • The impact of working with DA on practitioners and the role of self-care

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THE FITZWILLIAM HOTEL DUBLIN
St Stephen’s Green
Dublin
Ireland

Saturday, 28 October 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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