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January 2020

Couples, Relationships and Attachment

25th January 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Facilitator: Anne Power

Qualified Practitioner – £90; Trainee Counsellor – £70; Westmeria Staff/Student – £65

(Limited spaces: 30)

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April 2020

Trauma embodied and the body boundary

25th April 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Westmeria Counselling, Bromley Park Medical Centre, 6 Daly Drive
Kent, BR1 2FF United Kingdom
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A somatic approach to understanding trauma physiology, the wisdom of the body in surviving, enduring and recovering from traumatic experience. This workshop is a study on how the body retains memory sensation and impulse patterns as symptoms of activation stemming from traumatic experience through the proprioceptive and interoceptive systems of the body including hypo and hyperarousal and activation of the autonomic nervous system. Participants will also learn about peripersonal neurons (Graziano, 2018), monitor the boundary space around us and how both client and therapist can react non-consciously to a variety of implicit, relational or environmental threat cues which can stimulate automatic behavioural responses through neuroception (Porges 2011). This Training explores a range of effective resilience, resourcing and psychoeducation interventions but also outlines treatment strategies for resourcing and working safely towards recovery in settling distressing symptoms of dysregulation. The workshop will invite exploration of concepts such as self /interactive and co- regulation, attunement and therapeutic presence in the service of therapeutic goals.

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June 2020

Affective Neuroscience and Poly Vagal Theory

13th June 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Westmeria Counselling, Bromley Park Medical Centre, 6 Daly Drive
Kent, BR1 2FF United Kingdom
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Based on recent findings in neuroscience, this workshop will be a lively examination of affect and emotion in body/mind experience with direct application to the therapeutic relationship.  From Darwin though to Damasio participants will contrast various models of emotion, exploring these against their own personal and clinical experience whilst learning skills of self-regulation and how to expand the client’s emotional spectrum affect array.  Skills and techniques will be explored to support the processing through of emotions suitable to therapeutic goals, distinguishing emotions of trauma versus those created in response to developmental injury requiring different treatment strategies. The workshop is designed to deepen practitioner understanding and application of polyvagal theory in relation to the autonomic nervous system functioning in response to traumatic experience. Polyvagal theory outlines 3 hierarchical subsystems which evolved to respond adaptively to environmental (including relational) features of safety, danger and life threat (Porges, 2011).  Overall affect and emotion are considered as biological communication processes which greatly contribute to homeostasis, behavioural efficacy, relationship, growth and well-being.

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