Broken threads: the impact of trauma on patients and practitioners
Portslade (Brighton and Hove)
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? How do we manage a countertransference where empathy is lacking, perhaps because the traumatised person holds views that are diametrically opposed to our own?
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About The Palmeira Practice
Dr Maggie Turp is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and a chartered psychologist.
Dr Phil Leask is a writer and researcher, based at University College London. He writes on German history and literature, as well as on the meaning and significance of humiliation.