Treating trauma workshop Manchester - with Dr Tom Barber and Dr Sandra Westland
Learning how to help people with trauma and PTSD
This workshop will give you the knowledge of the inner world of trauma and the devastation it brings, and will show you how to help people who have experienced trauma remember they survived.
Working in the right way can turn traumatic stress into traumatic growth, and it is the right interventions that make the difference.
Over the last 20 years there have been significant progress in the understanding and treatment of those suffering the effects of trauma, and we want to share some of them with you.
Trauma is an experience that is unbearable, intolerable and one that we have no control over. It reaches not only those from the armed forces, the police, paramedics, and the fire services. It extends into our own homes and into our own lives.
Be it a sexual assault, a friend involved in a car accident, a family member encountering domestic violence, a neighbour being mugged, or you watching your parents fighting when you were a child, these are all traumatic events that have an impact on someone who experiences them.
The affects are not only experienced by those who are directly exposed to it, but also those around them.
The impact of trauma
The experience of trauma is very much present in our lives, and the effects of trauma reach far and wide. This leaves traces on our minds and emotions, on our ability to experience joy and intimacy, and even our biology and immune system.
With the continual in-depth studying of trauma through neuroscience, developmental psychopathology, and neuropsychology, it has been possible to identify just how trauma produces physiological, psychological and emotional changes. These are the changes that lead to reactions and actions such as drug taking, eating disorders, severe anxiety and depression, numbness, dissociation, self-harm, hyper-vigilance, and a general lacking of meaning in life.
There are 3 ways of helping:
2. Top down – from our psychology through working with the traumatic memory and the collapse of all that we know
3. Bottom up – from our physiology through working with the body’s visceral contradictions locked within.
How this workshop will help
- This workshop will show you a combination of top down and bottom up methods of helping someone stuck in trauma
- It will give you the tools to help people regain control over their past trauma, and transform their physical and mental struggles back to self-mastery
- You will experience a range of ways of working, each able to produce profound changes in someone depending on the particular problem, and the makeup of the individual person.
This workshop is for you if…
- You work with people in trauma and PTSD (including Complex PTSD) and you want some new ideas on how to be more effective
- As a therapist you are looking for different ways of working therapeutically with trauma
- Someone you know is struggling with a trauma and feels helpless
- You want to understand further how trauma impacts people’s lives and what can make a difference to their recovery.
N.B. - The nature of this workshop is such that it is not intended for those ‘in’ trauma to use as a way of working through it. The methods you will learn will teach you how to help people with trauma.
If you suffer with trauma or PTSD you can still attend. Just be aware that we will not work through your personal trauma in the workshop.
Here’s what you will learn
- How trauma is more than an event that happened in the past; it is an imprint on mind, brain and body
- How a traumatic event shifts your focus onto suppressing inner chaos, and losing the ability to be involved in your life
- How you can only be fully in charge of your life when you can acknowledge the truth and reality of your body
- How crucial it is to use the left and right side of the brain to heal
- What it takes to re-establish ownership of your mind and body when impacted by traumatic events.
You will come away from the workshop with practical techniques and strategies that you can use straight away in your work, and which will facilitate immediate benefits for the people you are helping with trauma and PTSD.
About the host
The Workshop Is Led by Dr Sandra Westland and Dr Tom Barber.
Sandra has experienced and recovered from PTSD herself, and has many years of experience working with paramedics, ambulance technicians and crisis teams.
Tom has spent many years researching the impact of anger and emotion, both prevalent in traumatic events and experiences.