Working with Sexual Violence, Complex Trauma and Complex PTSD
Thu 25 October 2018
09:00 – 16:30
Dunsilly Hotel, 20 Dunsilly Rd, Antrim, BT41 2JH
Christiane Sanderson will deliver training that will introduce cutting edge research in neuroscience of how trauma shapes the brain and how this impacts on the psychological and physical well being of survivors. It will examine the range of sexual violence and abuse gives rise to complex trauma and trauma symptoms such as dissociation, intrusive memories, flashbacks, hyperarousal and avoidance which underpin Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The focus will be on enhancing awareness of how trauma is stored in the right brain, outside of conscious awareness, and how the lack of verbally accessible memories leads to the body keeping the score. The aim is to help health professional and practitioners to make sense of trauma reactions and how to link these to underlying trauma, so that they are able to respond more effectively to survivors of sexual violence, rape and childhood sexual abuse.
Practitioners will be introduced to the the principles of trauma informed practice which promotes psychoeducation, stabilisation, processing and integration through its focus on emotional dysregulation and self-regulation to increase their Window of Tolerance to manage trauma symptoms and enable practitioners to help survivors restore control over overwhelming and confusing trauma reactions and symptoms. In addition the importance of the therapeutic relationship will be explored to ensure that power and control dynamics as well as shame are not replicated to facilitate mutuality, empowerment and post-traumatic growth.
Organised by Nexus NI.