Understanding and working with complex trauma and complex PTSD
The repeated and systematic brutalisation seen in childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and sexual exploitation, gives rise to complex presentations that differ markedly from single-event trauma. This one day workshop will explore the range of trauma experiences and distinguish between the current conceptualisation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), subtype PTSD with prominent dissociative symptoms and complex PTSD, and the clinical challenges inherent in assessment including misdiagnosis and co-morbidity.
Emphasis will be placed on the role of dissociation in complex trauma and how this gives rise to a number of dissociative disorders and somatic symptom related disorders. In addition, it will examine the nature of shame and traumatic bonding and how the trauma bond impacts on the developing sense of self and relational worth. The focus of the workshop will be on understanding the nature and dynamics of complex trauma and how this impacts on the individual. The challenges of assessing for complex trauma will be highlighted alongside how to develop a collaborative case formulation.
About Charanjit Dhaliwal
Christiane Sanderson is a prolific author, her works include Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 3rd Edition, The Seduction of Children