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CPD lecture bundle – Tavistock Trauma Service: external lectures on trauma (CPD45A)

Hear from a range of experts based in the UK and beyond in our autumn 2022 trauma lecture series

This innovative series of lectures is organised by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work whilst emphasising an adapted psychoanalytic approach with multi-modality and trauma-informed care.

We also use neurobiological and attachment theory to understand the impact of trauma. Our series will present a range of external speakers, each experts in the field, who will bring their own understanding of trauma via a presentation, followed by an audience question and answer session.

Who is this lecture series for?

It is for you if you are a professional working within the mental health field who have an interest in trauma. You may be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, mental health nurse, support worker, counsellor or therapist.

Our talks will cover neurobiology, attachment theory and different psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma, including historical child sexual abuse.

Lecture series details

Three lectures make up this autumn 2022 series:

Lecture 1: Mental health, capitalism and the sedated of a nation

6 October 2022

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Dr James Davies

Why has the medical model continued to expand and dominate mental health provision and public discourse while presiding over poor outcomes since its ascendancy in the 1980/90s? Why does this model continue to spread and institutionally thrive? Whose interests does it really serve: people in need or the deeper interests of our political economy? This seminar will propose some potential answers.


Lecture 2: On re-describing the indescribable: trauma, psychoanalysis, and psychedelic therapy

3 November 2022

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Nadav (Liam) Modlin

“When we look back at this unashamed period of childhood it seems to us a Paradise; and Paradise itself is no more than a group phantasy of the childhood of the individual. That is why mankind were naked in Paradise and were without shame in one another’s presence; till a moment arrived when shame and anxiety awoke, expulsion followed, and sexual life and the tasks of cultural activity began. But we can regain this Paradise every night in our dreams.” (Freud, S., 1900).

By interpreting the dreams of his patient’s Freud ‘dreams up’ an infantile desire to exhibit, to expose others and to be exposed by others. To be known to others and self, without knowing our desire. This Freudian story of Paradise, which we access, conveniently, only when we are asleep and therefore innocent for our lack of intentionality, is where our insatiable and potentially traumatising desire is free to be known and experienced without excessive shame or condemnation.

If this is a form of paradise, trauma, in its many forms can be thought about and indeed is often described, as a hell or nightmare. And despite this hell being threatening, demoralizing, or humiliating, psychoanalysis proposes that we are unable to stop dreaming, or in the context of trauma care, unable to not re-experience, to not bind and be bound to the trauma, via the now popularised medical symptoms of PTSD, or in analytic terms, via repressive, projective, and dissociative processes, the compulsion to repeat, phobias and so on.

In this context the psychedelic (Greek “mind / soul” + dêlos, “manifest / visible”) state or experience, described by some as a ‘waking dream’ (Chandler and Hartman, 1960 quoted in Rucker, 2018; Carhart-Harris and Nutt, 2014), can be thought about as heaven-like; an affective, somatic, cognitive, interpersonal and spiritual happening which encourages, perhaps both to the relief and dismay of those participating in the experience, the at times cathartic emergence of one’s desires and phantasies, traumata’s and deficiencies; a private, public and socio-cultural encounter which may be interpreted as meaningful and healing, and as anxiety-provoking and confusing. Often, within regulated clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of psychedelic therapy in mental health diagnoses, these go hand in hand.

This lecture will explore the potential clinical and theoretical utility of psychoanalytic practice in psychedelic forms of therapy currently under investigation by discussing points of intersectionality between the disciplines in the context of the treatment of traumatic stress.

To that end, the psychedelic state is considered an attempt to make the unconscious conscious by inducing a potentially bewildering and disruptive waking-dream to better understand and tolerate reality; wilfully entering a state of relational exposure and vulnerability, to develop trust in one’s own agency and capacity to trust others; immersing oneself in an indescribable experience to learn how to redescribe, to self and to others, the unthinkable and the unspeakable in service of healing.


Lecture 3: The Tavistock Trauma Service

1 December 2022

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Dr Jo Stubley

Although the focus on the External Trauma Lecture Series has been to bring in people external to the Tavistock to think about different aspects of trauma with us, we wanted to share with the growing community that has developed in this series some of the details of our way of working.

This also coincides with the publication this year of Complex Trauma: the Tavistock Model, edited by Stubley and Young. This presentation will be from a number of the team members of the service describing some of the innovative work they have undertaken which includes a trauma psychoeducation group, a new pilot of trauma-mentalisation groups, our trauma yoga group and the formal introduction of social work into the service to help attend to external realities.

All of this remains within a psychoanalytic frame, delivering personalised packages of care as part of a phase-based approach to complex trauma. The discussion will be led by Jo Stubley, trauma service lead.

Lectures will take place at the following times:

LectureDateStart timeEnd timeWill lecture be recorded* and available after the live event?
Lecture 1: Mental Health, Capitalism and the Sedated of a NationThursday 6 October 20227pm8.30pmYes
Lecture 2: On re-describing the indescribable: trauma, psychoanalysis, and psychedelic therapyThursday 3 November 20227pm8.30pmYes
Lecture 3: The Tavistock Trauma ServiceThursday 1 December 20227pm8.30pmYes

*To enable access to the widest possible audience these lectures are planned to be delivered live, but remotely, as webinars. Where we are able, a recording will be made available to all booked delegates although we encourage live attendance wherever possible. Please see the details above to see if this lecture will be recorded and available after the live event.

These lectures will be delivered remotely using Zoom.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.

Save £15 with a lecture series bundle

Lectures can be booked individually at £30 each or as a cost-saving bundle comprising the three autumn 2022 series lectures at £75 – a saving of £15 compared to booking the lectures individually.

Lectures included in this series

Testimonials

“Fantastic webinar about a topic that is difficult to talk about, rarely spoken about and hard to work with. Tonight was very enlightening and encouraging. Certainly will motivate and guide my personal research on the subject and undoubtedly open up my practice hoping to better support my clients.”
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“Absolutely stunning. Such an in-depth journey into new territory of work with trauma.”
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“This lecture has been enormously helpful in providing me with a space to reflect on some of my cases alongside the presentation and discussion.”
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“Yet again the standard of lecturers is excellent as well as the variety of viewpoints. Very stimulating course, thank you.”
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“Thought provoking, relevant and very interesting.”
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Book your place today

You can book a place on this lecture series at any time using our MyTAP booking system. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before each lecture with detailed joining instructions.

If you wish to attend only one or two of the lectures in this series, these can be booked individually in the ‘Lectures included in this series’ section above.

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