A Three-Phased Approach - Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients
This two-day interactive professional development training presents the 3-phased approach for working therapeutically with complex trauma clients.
Day 1 focuses on phase 1 safety and stabilisation emphasising the need for ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approaches to treatment, assessment and resource acquisition. Day 2 presents phase 2: processing the trauma focusing on an overview of memory, including traumatic memory and perception, and workshopping working within the ‘window of tolerance’ - tracking pacing & titrating. It also explores transference/countertransference, enactments and working with ‘difficult’ behaviours.
Also on Day 2, phase 3: integration focuses on the neurobiology of integration, the development of mentalisation, dealing with cognitive distortions and the arena of freedom and liberation. The training promotes safety and the significance of phase 1 throughout all phases and the centrality of the therapeutic attachment alliance.
The training is interactive and involves role plays, vignettes and case studies. Participants will acquire insights, tools and strategies that support safe therapeutic work, based on best practice principles, with clients who have complex trauma histories.
By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
- Delineate the three (3) phases of trauma treatment establishing the critical importance of phase 1, ‘setting the scene’ and conducting phase 1 assessment
- Foster resource development across all 7 domains of self-care
- Acquire knowledge and skills around components of phase 2 trauma work
- Apply an understanding of traumatic memory and working within the window of tolerance to practice
- Workshop skills for working with transference/countertransference, enactments and working with ‘difficult behaviours’
- Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the components of integration (phase 3); mentalising, cognitive distortions/meaning making & the ability to experience pleasure
Material presented in the training will draw on research from Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery www.blueknot.org.au/guidelines and other relevant research.
This workshop assumes good basic prior knowledge including an understanding of trauma-informed principles, the dynamics and the neuroscience of childhood trauma.