This introductory workshop is suitable both for people suffering from a Dissociative Disorder and their partners, family members or other supporters, including counsellors, therapists, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Health and Social Care professionals, pastoral staff/clergy, and anyone else interested in finding out more about DID and dissociation. The main part of the day will be an information-based workshop looking at: Understanding DID What it’s like being DID Coping with and recovering from Dissociative Disorders. This will then be followed at 3.30 pm by an open meeting which is the opportunity for partners and survivors to meet together, support one another and share their experiences. There will also be a separate Q&A session for counsellors, therapists and other professionals.
Trauma doesn’t just affect the mind and the emotions. It profoundly affects the brain and the body too. Often ‘the body remembers’ what the mind cannot. Why is it that so many trauma survivors not only suffer from ‘psychological’ disorders such as Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) but also from a whole raft of physical issues — chronic pain; frequent or recurrent infections; auto-immune disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (aka ME), fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis; and difficulty in both connecting with the body and living healthily? The body is both the medium through which often the original trauma was enacted, and the source of ongoing suffering and self-hatred. This workshop will explore why, to the best of current scientific knowledge, this happens, and most importantly, what can be done about it. We’ll be looking at the impact of trauma on the body, and how it seems that the body can also be a key to unlocking the psychological issues of trauma.
Sexual trauma such as childhood sexual abuse is the ultimate violation of boundaries. Rather than growing up with a secure attachment where our personal, physical and psychological boundaries are respected, as trauma survivors we have often grown up in toxic relationships, where we have developed a shame-based sense of self, and consequently in adulthood we may struggle to maintain our own boundaries as well to respect other people’s. This workshop will look at why all this happens, and most importantly what we can do about it. Covering topics such as attachment, conflict, boundaries, the development of the brain, the therapeutic relationship and mentalising, this workshop is particularly aimed at therapists working with clients with PTSD, DID and borderline personality disorder, as well as trauma survivors themselves. This training day has already run in 2014 and will be run again in 2015 - watch this space for further dates and venues when they become available.
One whole day workshop provides a trans-diagnostic approach to the anxiety disorder whilst retaining the specificity of content in each disorder. Complex cases will be featured and novel methods of treatment will be introduced.
CBT and CFS is effective , but little is known about its mechanism of change. This workshop will help clinicians to be better equipped to engage patients with CFS in the process of change and to negotiate specific goals which work towards improvement and some cases recovery. All day workshop
A one-day, Attachment Theory Seminal By Dr Gwen Adshead and Jatinder Purwaha As practitioners, the quality and efficacy of our therapeutic alliance relies on our assessment of the client's Attachment representations. A deep understanding of Attachment patterns is also instrumental in explaining developmental pathways and potential connections with psychopathological manifestations. At this practical one-day seminar which would be of value to psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Dr Gwen Adshead draws on her long-standing psychodynamic and clinical experience to help us comprehend: