Integrative Trauma Therapy – 3 CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2018

A new series of 3 CPD Workshops – Are these workshops for me?

These workshops are designed for practising counsellors and therapists who have some previous training and experience with trauma work. They might best be described as ‘intermediate’ workshops, for therapists who have completed basic training in one of the modern trauma therapies (like Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild), Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine), Sensorimotor Therapy (Pat Ogden), EMDR, NARM or similar integrative hybrid or combinations of approaches). If you have been practising such trauma therapies for a while, you will have found a mixture of results and outcomes.

These CPD workshops will support you in taking the next step and help you to deepen, diversify and enhance your existing practice. Morit has been developing an integrative approach to trauma work that draws on all the various trauma approaches within an overall relational perspective.

Detailed background information:

For background information about these workshops and Morit’s approach to integrative trauma therapy, read this updated blog post, covering the following topics:

• The relational subtleties underpinning the working alliance
• Why do we need an integration of trauma therapies?
• Are the new somatic trauma and energy therapies suitable for complex and developmental trauma?
• Integrating somatic-embodied and psychodynamic perspectives
• Treatment and the Relational Container
• The subjective and relational foundations of ‘treatment’
• Vicarious traumatisation and the therapist’s own bodymind

Workshop 1: Trauma Therapy – Treatment and Relationship

In this workshop we will attend to your current models, understanding and tecniques which you are using to address trauma in your clients’ process. We will establish the neuroscientific and bodymind basis for PTSD and trauma symptoms, as a basis for somatic interventions, and develop a shared overview over the various trauma therapies available. We will then attend to the various relational stances therapists are drawn to take when working with trauma and there will be space for you to reflect on your own relational stances as they manifest in your practice.

Workshop 2: Relational Complications in Trauma Therapy

Through case examples and role-plays we will investigate the interweaving of past and current trauma and how this complicates the therapeutic process. Focussing on difficult cases and relational dynamics, we will enquire into the developmental roots of transference issues and how they affect the working alliance. We will try to understand the drama triangle (or the ‘trauma rectangle, including the ‘bystander’) in terms of internal object relations, to help us focus on the client’s inner manifestations of vicious cycles which tend to slow down recovery from trauma. Both the client’s demands for treatment and ‘cure’ as well as their scepticism and resistance to the process and their apparent ‘refusal’ to get better will be explored. By attending to enactments as they occur in the presented case examples, we will deepen our theoretical and practical understanding of how they create impasses and dilemmas for the therapist.

Workshop 3: Towards Integrative Trauma Therapy

In this final workshop in the series, you will have opportunities to integrate your learning into your own therapeutic style, by experimenting with different relational positions and responses, on the basis of a deeper appreciation that both ‘one-person’ and ‘two-person’ stances have their respective dangers as well as potentials. We will explore relationality as inherently conflicted, and how you manage the tension in your own practice. This will enable you to apply the same principles to your work on an ongoing basis, helping you reflect upon and anticipate potential enactments emerging within the therapeutic dynamic. This will give you a comprehensive foundation for understanding the potentially productive as well as counterproductive effects of a variety of therapeutic interventions, regardless of particular method and approach.



About the workshop facilitator:

Morit has been developing an integrative, embodied and relational approach to trauma therapy for the last 20 years. She began to encounter these issues in her practice long before they became widely apparent, and engaged with these dilemmas at the root of trauma therapy in a way which has helped her forge a robust integration. Over the years, she has given many presentations which address transference-countertransference dynamics in trauma work, and the dangers and transformative potential of destructive enactments. She is known for using her own body and embodiment as a resource in surviving such enactments and turning them into deeper understanding of her client’s inner world as well as the therapeutic process. This perspective now underpins her supervision of trauma therapists and sheds light on common ruptures, stuckness and failures of treatment, especially cases of inadvertent re-traumatisation.

Dates, Times, Venue, Cost:


Workshop 1: 30 June 2018

Workshop 2: 22 September 2018

Workshop 3: 1 December 2018


OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
1st Floor, 142-144 Oxford Road, Temple Cowley, Oxford OX4 2EA


10.00 – 17.00


Cost per workshop: £100 (£90 if booked by 18/4/2017)
£270 for all three days


More information:

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Contact: Michael Soth +44 7929 208 217