Broken Threads: The impact of trauma on the patient and the practitioner

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Date(s) - Saturday 8th June, 2019
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

City Coast Centre

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Saturday 8th June 2019

Trainer: Dr Maggie Turp and Dr Phil Leask

Venue: Training Room, City Coast Centre, North Street, Portslade (Brighton & Hove), BN41 1DG

Schedule: 10am to 4.30pm (Registration at 9.45am)

Course Fee: early bird £105 (before 11th May 2019; £120 thereafter), including ample lunch, all refreshments, and CPD Certificate

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During the first part of the day we will consider some of the different kinds of trauma that may affect people who come to us for help, whether some kinds of trauma are more difficult to move on from than others and, if so, why. We will focus particularly on the effect of trauma on a person’s overall self-perception and self-narrative. We will outline the main features of ‘narrative repair’ as a treatment option that can help patients develop and integrate altered self-narratives in the aftermath of trauma. We will also discuss PTSD, post-traumatic growth, and the concept of psychic skin boundaries and psychic skin defences.

In the afternoon, we will widen the discussion to address the phenomenon of secondary trauma, where a practitioner or researcher hearing or reading an account of trauma can himself or herself become drawn in and suffer alongside the traumatised person. How helpful is this level of empathy, and how can we best recognise and process our secondary trauma? And how do we manage a countertransference where empathy is lacking, perhaps because the traumatised person holds views that are diametrically opposed to our own?

Throughout the day, we will be drawing on video material, clinical examples and examples from the history archives. Participants are also invited to bring along clinical or personal examples for discussion.

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