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Fragmented Minds: Understanding and Working with Dissociation and Complex Trauma

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The repeated and systematic brutalisation and distortion of reality seen in childhood sexual or physical abuse can lead to chronic dissociation which often persists into adulthood. While dissociation is normal and in essence an adaptive response to complex trauma, it can lead to a range of dissociative disorders in adulthood, including depersonalisation, derealisation and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This training day will examine the nature of dissociation and how it manifests in practice, and how it differs from psychosis and schizophrenia, in order to understand differential diagnosis and treatment. It will highlight the need for accurate assessment and formulation, and how best to work with survivors of complex trauma suffering from dissociation or DID.

You will learn a trauma-focused model that emphasises stabilisation, boundaries, pacing, processing the trauma, and working with different parts of the personality to aid integration. We will also discuss the challenges facing practitioners. This model is enhanced when supported by a relational approach in which mutuality and genuine connection are prioritised to create a collaborative and non-hierarchical, therapeutic relationship. This reduces the replication of power and control dynamics and shame that are axiomatic in complex trauma. It promotes ‘being with’ rather than ‘doing to’ which best aids survivors of complex trauma to recover and enter post traumatic growth.

Location Newbury
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 16 Nov 2019
Start time 10:00am
Venue Address St George’s Centre, 206 Andover Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6N
Amount £99
Organiser Bramham Therapy
Speaker Christiane Sanderson
Contact No. 07599 369566
Keywords Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy, Trauma
Regions South, South East