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Tavistock Trauma Service: external lectures on trauma autumn 2023 lecture 1 (CPD45A)

The Restoration of the Hijacked Self

This lecture is also available as part of a series.

This lecture is part of an innovative series 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.

This lecture can be booked individually or as part of a cost-saving bundle comprising the three autumn 2023 series lectures.

Who is this lecture 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 details

This is the first lecture in the autumn 2023 series.

Lecture 1: The Restoration of the Hijacked Self

5 October 2023, 7 – 8.30pm

This lecture will be recorded and available for one month only after the live lecture.

Lecturer: Ruth A. Lanius, M.D., Ph.D

The compulsion to repeat the past through traumatic re-enactments or engaging in reckless behaviours is frequently one of the few ways that allows traumatized individuals to ‘feel alive’. It is well known that individuals with PTSD – particularly when associated with developmental trauma – often report a sense of self that does not exist entirely, illustrated eloquently through statements, such as, “I do not know who I am,” or, “I feel like I have stopped existing.”

Research suggests that these experiences may relate, in part, to the reduced functional connectivity of the default mode network, a brain network critical to the experience of a sense of self, observed during rest among individuals with PTSD. Critically, however, enhanced default mode network connectivity has recently been observed when individuals with PTSD are triggered by reminders of their trauma, suggesting that the sense of self may ‘come alive’ under conditions of threat and terror. It is therefore possible that some individuals with PTSD may seek situations involving threat or terror in order to experience of a semblance of a sense of self and a related sense of agency, which may be lacking in the absence of extreme hyperarousal states.

This lecture will focus on how we can work clinically to help traumatized individuals ‘feel alive’ and safe without engaging in traumatic re-enactments and/or reckless behaviour.

This lecture will take place on:

DateStart timeEnd timeWill lecture be recorded* and available after the live event?
Thursday 5 October 20237pm8.30pmYes – one month only

*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 suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this 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 at to discuss how we can best help you.


“These lectures are so stimulating, covering a diverse range of topics, with expert and engaging speakers, all very inclusively led by Jo Stubley – thank you for putting these series together.”
“An excellent event that offered not only ideas and understanding, but a sense of solidarity and hope in this difficult work (and in difficult times). I wasn’t sure about attending at the end of a long workday, but by the end of the event I felt enlivened and and reconnected to curiosity and collegiality – so glad I went. Thank you!”
“I found this online event to be very well organised and money very well spent. The content was fascinating and the delivery first class. There wre extremely interesting interactions and I certainly came away with much to think about. Above all, the humanity displayed by the participants was both inspiring and humbling.”
“This has been an excellent series of lectures so far. So very relevant to the field of mental health and trauma. All the speakers are very different, but all show the same high levels of compassion and knowledge for the very difficult field of human trauma. Thank you.”
“These sessions help me gain insights into other ways of working . They support me in my hesitancy in my ability to work with some of my clients, when I find it difficult because I feel ill equipped to meet their distress. For some of them trauma seems to have destroyed them and while I want to help them, I doubt myself. These talks help me learn how other therapists are meeting the same demands.”


Book your place today

You can book a place at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before the course starts with detailed joining instructions.

Save £15 with a bundle

This lecture is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving bundle for £75 – giving you access to our complete summer 2022 lecture series.

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