PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Was 1 April 2017, now 26 August 2017
This study group will assist counsellors/psychologists/social workers who are working with clients with complex trauma.
Clients with complex trauma have been exposed to repetitive and/or prolonged abuse, and have attachment injuries inflicted/caused by important caregivers at a developmentally vulnerable age.
Parents or caregivers in a child’s life determine his/her attachment style. These attachment styles are defined as:
• insecure preoccupied/anxious
• insecure dismissive/avoidant
Issues faced by clients with complex trauma include:
• affect regulation
• somatic disturbances
Owing to the neuroplasticity of the brain, we know that the symptoms of trauma and insecure attachment are not a life sentence and people can earn both secure attachment in their adult life and significant reduction of their trauma symptoms.
EMDR is a treatment modality, which has been found to be successful with clients with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it targets on a cognitive, emotional and somatic level without delving into the details of trauma history. When EMDR is utilised as a treatment modality, attachment work becomes an essential part of the treatment.
The beginning of this training will briefly focus on complex trauma and the theory of structural dissociation of the personality. The remaining focus will be on attachment styles and the difficulties created in clients’ lives and in the therapeutic relationship by particular attachment styles. There will be live examples of secure attachment resourcing for clients using role plays.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will have increased understanding of:
- Complex trauma and dissociation
- Attachment styles
- How EMDR can be used to promote earned secure attachment
Please note: EMDR level 1 & 2 trained practitioners will receive the optimal benefit from this training, as it is designed for EMDR practitioners (Intermediate level).