Helping the Helper: “Do’s and ‘Dont’s” in Trauma Work

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2019 – 10am-5pm

One day CPD workshop with Morit Heitzler

Working with traumatized clients can be challenging and at times overwhelming. Often therapists are familiar with some of theories that underpin trauma and its manifestation but feel under-resourced when it comes to the actual work that needs to be done in order to enable the traumatized system to undo layers of defenses and patterns of internal and external relating.

Where do we start? What would be re-traumatizing? How do we know when to stop a client re-telling their trauma story and when to encourage it? What do we do when we feel overwhelmed, depleted or confused?

In this practical workshop Morit will review some methods and techniques that can be used as a foundation for working with trauma and PTSD. The aim of the day is to expand the tool-box of therapists and support them in their work with various degrees of trauma presentation. Through a series of experiential exercises, amongst other things, Morit will review concepts such as:

Safety and boundaries
Windows of tolerance
Somatic counter transference

Her emphasis will be on practical methods and tools. Some theory will be shared as a way of making those tools more accessible. The workshop is suitable for therapists who work with trauma, no previous experience is required.

Venue: OTS Oxford Therapy Centre, First Floor, 142-144 Oxford Rd, Temple Cowley, Oxford OX4 2EA