Developing Your Trauma Toolkit

–  7th & 8th May, 2020

This 2 day workshop will introduce the central principles of trauma-informed practice & help therapists develop confidence in working with clients' trauma. Combining current trauma research, experiential exercises, skills practice & taking a somatic approach, it will explore some of trauma's neurological aspects, develop familiarity with interventions that address these aspects & help in trauma work and aid the practitioner in developing their trauma toolkit.

Course Content

  • Key components, sources & symptoms of psychological trauma;
  • Window of tolerance - the importance of regulation and how to use it in therapy;
  • Fight/Flight/Freeze responses;
  • Three phase/stage approach to working with trauma and the therapist’s role in each;
  • Trauma’s brain-body link & the relevance of a body-based approach to working with it;
  • Some dynamics of attachment trauma;
  • The importance of the therapeutic relationship using a polyvagal lens
  • Some stage-specific practical skills and interventions to help in your work to:
    • Help clients expand their window of tolerance and learn to regulate
    • Bring a client back from a hypo/hyperaroused state
    • Help clients identify their feelings and behaviours
    • Start to process traumatic memories using the body
    • Help clients develop resources, re-orientate to & appreciate their strengths;
    • Begin to integrate their experiences and make meaning of their trauma.

Dates:  7th & 8th May, 9.30am-4.30pm
Psychological Society of Ireland HQ, Grantham House, Grantham Street, Dublin 8
Cost:    €195.00 (tea and coffee provided)

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Facilitator, Patricia Allen-Garrett, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy (MIAHIP, ECP)

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
24th Feb, 2020
Dublin 8
Expiry Date
24th Apr, 2020