Trauma and Imagination

NOW ONLINE! – “The Healing Power of Imagination in Impossible Situations: Working with Loss, Grief and Trauma with Creative Methods” with Professor Mooli Lahad – Saturday 20th June 2020

Course Introduction

Professor Mooli Lahad is considered one of the world leading experts on community and public behaviour and coping with disasters. He has led many international psychosocial projects following crises or disasters, focusing on the empowerment of local peoples through training local professionals to train others in their community. His disaster related work includes in the USA, after the 9/11 terrorist incident (2001-2005), after Hurricane Katrina (2006-2010), and also in Sri Lanka (2004-2007) and Japan (2011-2014) following the tsunamis in both countries.

This workshop was organised pre-CoVid, but the importance of Professor Lahad’s work in attending to the psychosocial needs of communities in the wake of crises such as the international coronavirus pandemic means we felt it was important this workshop went ahead. Professor Lahad has been extremely busy undertaking such emergency work amongst hospital teams in Israel in the early months of the pandemic, and we hope he will be able to share some of his learning with us when we meet online on the 20th June.

Course Description

This one day workshop will be an opportunity to explore the power of playfulness and imagination as healing powers of the mind. The mind is probably the only space where during Covid-19 we can transcend to a better future using playfulness and imagination, as our mind was and is the only that wasn’t put in lockdown.

This one day workshop will be an opportunity to explore the power of playfulness and imagination as healing powers of the mind. We will focus on the use of metaphors, therapeutic-cards, images, music & movement.

We will learn how using some or all of these methods can help those clients who have experienced trauma or are going through very difficult times by engaging the creative centres of the brain and mind to aid healing.

Very few studies have fully explored the right hemisphere of the brain as a source of healing. The right hemisphere has so often been discarded as the “non-logical” part of our mind. While our imagination can be a source for pain, stress, and anxiety, it is also a very neglected healing tool that has been used throughout human history as a means to ease trauma, and which is now used extensively as a therapeutic tool with children. In this workshop we will explore what creative tools can be harnessed for use in therapy with adults who have experienced trauma, grief or loss.

We will re-embrace George Bernard Shaw’s statement that “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” or we will reiterate homeopathy by saying: If Imagination is the cause of pain Imagination should be the cure, using the concept of “same cures same”.

The day will be composed of a lecture and many methods to take home.

Professor Lahad will be joining us via Skype on the day.


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