Understanding & working with the spectrum of domestic abuse
The workshop will look at:
- Nature and dynamics of DA such as the role of charm and enticement, the cycle of abuse, the nature of thought blindness that facilitates the trauma bond and the role of silence, secrecy and shame.
- Intergenerational transmission of DA through attachment and relational deficits.
- Characteristics of male and female perpetrators.
- DA as complex trauma.
- Psychological impact and long term effect of DA on partners and children.
- Obstacles to leaving an abusive relationship.
- Importance of developing a safety plan when leaving.
- Principles of trauma informed practice model when working with survivors of DA.
- Role of the therapeutic relationship in restoring autonomy and self agency.
- Impact of working with DA on practitioners and the role of self care.
About Sarah Smyth
Christiane Sanderson has 28 years of experience in child sexual abuse, interpersonal trauma and domestic abuse. She is the author of numerous books including "Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse" and "Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse". Event hosted by Bower House Support Services -www.bhsupportservice.co.uk for more information.