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Working with complex trauma in adults

Exploring individual and group work within a psychoanalytic frame

26 April 2024

Hosted by our award-winning trauma service at the Tavistock Centre in London, this one-day conference provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues working with complex trauma in adults across different settings. You’ll hear presentations from members of the trauma service and learn about the trauma-informed psychoanalytic model used by the service. Topics will include an introduction to the phase-based approach of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), how to facilitate disclosure of non-recent child sexual abuse, an exploration of trauma and the body through trauma yoga, a session on trauma-focused mentalisation based therapy and more.

After attending the day, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of how to work with complex trauma patients and examples of best practice that you can incorporate into your setting.

Registration for this event will close on Monday 22 April 2024. However, please note that registration may close earlier if all available places are filled before this date.

Who is this conference for?

This course is open to all professionals working with complex trauma. For example, you may be working as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, art therapist, psychologist, social worker, psychiatrist, counsellor or peer supporter.

What will you learn?

By attending this conference, you will:

Conference programme:

11.30amWelcome and explanation of the dayAdam Flintoff, Chair
11.45amWorking with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPDTSD)Jo Stubley
12.25pmPsychoeducation groupsAna Dulce Reis
1.05pmReflective space – small groups
1.35pmLunch – options of reflective space, use of the Tavistock garden and lunch in cafeSara Scott, Chair for afternoon session
2.15pmPeer support and experts by experienceAdam Flintoff, Amanda Rock and Eenasul Fateh
2.55pmTrauma focused mentalisation training (MBT-TF)Lisa Shaverin
3.40pmAfternoon breakLisa Shaverin, Chair for late session
3.55pmTrauma, yoga and the bodyJane O’Rourke
4.35pmNon-recent child sexual abuse disclosureLaura Salter and Sara Scott
5.10pmReflection and discussion – led by Jo Stubley with all speakers on panel

More about the trauma service:

All speakers will bring their experience of working within the trauma service at the Tavistock and Portman which is a phase-based, multi-modal service that adopts a psychoanalytic approach within an outpatient NHS setting. This is a low gate-keeping, non-diagnostic service which personalises treatment packages and works in a trauma-informed way. Art therapy, trauma mentalisation therapy, gardening groups, psychoeducation groups and specialist groups for women and men with a history of non-recent child sexual abuse are all considered alongside individual work as a part of the offering.

During the event, we will focus on some of these aspects of our work, bringing the difficulties inherent in working in the current climate.

Venue, fees and booking

The conference will take place in person at: The Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA.

The fee to attend this conference is £95.

Registration for this event will close on Monday 22 April 2024. However, we recommend you book your place as soon as possible, since registration may close earlier if all available places are filled before this date.

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