WHAT IS TRAUMA ? 

TRAUMA HAS A HUGE EMOTIONAL COMPONENT TO IT. WHEN THE EXPERIENCE BECOMES  DISTRESSING, PSYCHOLOGICALLY OVERWHELMING & THE ANGUISH SEEMS INSUFFERABLE, IT IS CONSTRUED AS TRAUMATIC.

IN MANY CASES, INDIVIDUALS EXPOSED TO SUCH EVENTS HAVE CONSTRUED THE EVENT AS AN OPENING/ APERTURE AND WITH A DEEP REFLECTIVE ATTITUDE, HAVE REDEFINED THEMSELVES IN POSITIVE WAYS BY REATTRIBUTING MEANING.

THE ACCIDENT OR CALAMITOUS  EVENT PER SE IS NOT TRAUMATIC,     IT IS WHAT IT IS, ‘AN EVENT’  

IT IS THE UNBEARABILITY OF THE  EVENT THAT CHARACTERISES ITSELF  AS A TRAUMATIC 

LET US BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND TRAUMA 

TRAUMA

The unconcealable wound 

TRAUMA

& its resurgence in memory

Trauma alters experience in a significant way as it temporarily incapacitates the ability to cope and in many cases attains permanence. Clients come to therapy but are reticent to revisit or recall their grievous traumatic episode or past, to avoid getting retraumatised. The traumatic event exposed one to severe emotional upheaval and strain, but it is its evocative and recollective characteristics ie its revival in memory that causes distress. The trauma that we allude to here refers to psychological trauma and not congenital defects in the brain or other medical / genetic aspects or biochemical disorder that also contribute to trauma.

IT CONCERNS OUR WELL-BEING

HENCE MUST BE STUDIED 

CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS 

as to how people deal with trauma, depends upon:

As evidenced above, there is a huge subjective aspect of trauma which are intricately woven. 

 

AT HEADSTRIDE, WE ARE CURIOUS TO PLUMB THESE ELEMENTS TO CONCEIVE THE TRAUMATIC DISTURBANCE.

THE WOUND

An incision in the flow

It is through the descriptive narrative of the client that we glimpse and apprehend client’s experience. Traumatised clients find it difficult to dredge deeper into their trauma as there has been an upheaval of the self after the trauma resulting in repression of unbearable content. 

The traumatic wound has been shrouded with meaning constructions, most of them disempowering, as it is revived in memory. 

A WOUND IS A PLACE WHERE LIGHT ENTERS YOU- Rumi

THIS WOUND HAS TO BE RECOVERED, ASCERTAINED,

REVISED OR RECONCILED WITH

Revision here means, through the reconstruction process, the client recognising the meaning structures and voluntarily consenting to revise its discomposing meaning associations after better understanding of it thereby regulating undesirable emotions. 

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LOST FAMILIAR

THE FLOW OF LIFE HAPPENS WITH A CERTAIN REGULARITY 

There is a rhythm, constancy and relationship that we establish with objects & people. When one comes home, the lamp, the couch, tennis racket, guitar, study table, objects in the room, people, one just expects all this to be there. When one goes out, again the regularity envelops us; the car, the train, the bus travel, the walk, restaurant, the park, office, people, movies all of these offer us familiarity. There is comfort in seeking the secure, consistent and recognisable. And then, a serious accident, violent death, rape, separation, military combat, physical abuse, severe neglect, bankruptcy, torture, natural disaster any of these happen and it devastates one’s familiarity and predictability of life.

THE UNEXPECTANCY AND SHOCK RADICALLY CHANGES THE VICTIM’S PERSPECTIVE AND ALTERS EXPERIENCE. THIS IS NOW CATEGORISED AS TRAUMA, A TERM GIVEN TO AN UNBEARABLE EXPERIENCE. 

TRAUMA, IN ESSENCE, IS A LOSS IN DAILY FAMILIARITY

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THE PROGRAM 'LOST FAMILIAR' DELVES INTO THE INTRICACIES OF TRAUMA

 IT PRESERVES THE  LEGACY OF 'INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY' ASPECTS OF TRAUMA AND ADVANCES THE DISCUSSIONS INTO THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL REALM

LOST FAMILIAR

MAKING SENSE OF THE TRAUMATIC DISTURBANCE 

A 1-DAY WORKSHOP (offers 6 CPD hrs.) 

The program delves into the kernel of trauma studies starting with its various conceptualisations and definitional stance as well as its theoretical, clinical, ontological and causal characteristics. The program evokes discussions around; re-experiencing trauma in later life, primary caring insufficiency, the altered acclimatisation to the world post trauma (PTSD), fear, anxiety and threat manifestations, challenges of cognitive restructuring, defensive activations, reconstruction exertions amongst other integrant aspects of trauma.

 

The program’s ambition is dictated by the objective of deciphering the various blends in ‘TRAUMA UNDERSTANDING’ that nests in the mental health arena with an ‘opening out’ attitude, whilst distancing itself from the precinct of consigning ‘Trauma’ to a merely a pathologised disposition.    

THE RESURFACING WOUND

PROGRAM FORMAT

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KEY TAKE AWAY FROM THE PROGRAM   

AN INCISIVE INQUEST INTO TRAUMA

ABILITY TO DEAL WITH TRAUMA PATIENTS

PHILOSOPHICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTINCTIONS OF TRAUMA

CAPACITY TO CONTRAST & INTEGRATE VARIOUS APPROACHES

THE HERMENEUTIC INCLINE IN TRAUMA CONCEPTUALISATION

DISTORTIONS, DISSOCIATIONS, EXAGGERATIONS AFTER MASSIVE TRAUMA

RECONSTRUCTIVE ELEMENTS IN TRAUMA RECOVERY

SIGNIFICANCE OF ATTUNEMENT  

ORGANIZATION OF AFFECTIVE EXPERIENCE POST TRAUMA.

TEMPORAL FLOW IN BEING-TOWARDS-LOSS.

ROLE OF MOURNING IN GRIEF AND ITS CORRELATION TO TRAUMA

UNDERSTANDING DEVELOPMENTAL AND CUMULATIVE TRAUMA

WHO CAN ATTEND?

PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR 

  • Trauma / PTSD specialists

  • Psychotherapists / Counsellors / Supervisors

  • CBT practitioners, Psychiatrists / Psychologists

  • GP’s, Occupational Therapists

  • Psychiatric Nurses, CPN, AOT/CCT, CMHT, CRHTT

  • Trainee psychotherapists/ Psychologists

  • Mental health charities / agencies who deal with traumatised clients. 

ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, BEREAVEMENT, SUICIDE IDEATION, RELATIONSHIP ISSUES -

ALL OF THESE COULD HAVE INCEPTIVE TRAUMATIC ELEMENTS

HENCE THE PROGRAM'S GAMUT IS EXTENDABLE.  

LET US STUDY TRAUMA BEYOND 

CONVENTIONAL CONCEPTUALISATIONS ABOUT IT

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PROGRAM DIFFERENTIATORS

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LOST FAMILIAR 

from the depths of despair 

reconstituting Being

The experience of trauma seems inalterable particularly its elements such as the physicality of its occurrence the psychological disintegration at the time it occurred and time thereof, and the distress experienced in its periodic re-experiencing. A steady and disempowering influence is contributed by memory in keeping it alive further made worse by layers and layers of meaning constructions on top of the original trauma. This is the harsh psychological terrain that the traumatised person has to negotiate over time.     

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AT HEADSTRIDE, WE AIM TO PEEL OFF THESE DISTRESSING ENCRUSTATIONS OF OUR CLIENTS TO MAKE THEM PERCEIVE AN ALTERNATE VIEW OF THEIR EXPERIENCE

LOST FAMILIAR 

AN ATTEMPT AT EMPOWERING BEING 

SUMMARY OF OUR PROGRAMS 

HEADSTRIDE 1-DAY PSYCHOTHERAPY WORKSHOPS

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS

CONFRONTING

THE RECURRENCE 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is classified as an anxiety disorder.  We are loathe to state it as a disorder. After a calamitous incident (either experiencing it or even witnessing it), it is customary to have trauma (for most) and over time it does create sustained stress due to its ‘recall aspect’. It is not a disorder, it can happen to anyone. It is dysfunctional though for the person’s well-being and must be addressed. 

TRAUMATIC EVENTS

  • Serious accidents

  • Physical and sexual assault abuse, including childhood or domestic abuse

  • Work-related exposure to trauma, including remote exposure

  • Trauma related to serious health problems or childbirth experiences (for example, intensive care admission or neonatal death)

  • War and conflict

  • Torture

SYMPTOMS 

  • Re-experiencing

  • Avoidance

  • Hyperarousal (including hypervigilance, anger and irritability)

  • Negative alterations in mood and thinking

  • Emotional numbing

  • Dissociation

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Interpersonal difficulties or problems in relationships

  • Negative self-perception

MANAGEMENT

  • Active monitoring

  • Psychoeducation

  • Restructuring

  • Reconstruction

  • Overcoming avoidance

  • Psychological interventions

  • Pharmacological augmentation

  • Philosophical configuration

  • End of treatment plan

  • Stepped care approach

  • Peer & Family support 

Traumatised people can confuse ordinary stress with perilous life-threatening situations. Effective trauma work entails reconstruction of the original trauma. The sufferer had over time repressed this material as it was unendurable. Why? He / She is attempting to avoid re-experiencing the pain, but this is attained at a huge payoff which is benumbing one’s affect and emotion. What is the pernicious fall out of this? Apathy, lack of intimacy, stoicism, aloofness, insouciance and an abject lack of empathy appended by consequential experiences such as Anhedonia (loss of the capacity to experience pleasure) and Alexithymia (difficulty in experiencing, expressing and describing emotional responses).

disintegration to reconstruction 

LOST FAMILIAR

Therapy work entails making the sufferer give up these early developmental repressions associated with the trauma, work on their other primary and secondary defences, reinspect their maladaptive thoughts and help them eliminate their misrepresentations. 

PRIOR TO THIS ONE MUST GET A PHENOMENOLOGICAL GRASP OF THEIR LIVED EXPERIENCE. THE IDEA IS TO HELP THEM SURMOUNT THEIR TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE AND REACQUIRE THEIR CAPACITY TO FEEL AND EXPRESS EMOTIONS.

 

THE PROGRAM 'LOST FAMILIAR' ADDRESSES THE ABOVE ASPECTS OF TRAUMA 

OUR AUGMENTING 1-1 PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAUMA WORK  

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SUMMARY OF OUR PROGRAMS 

HEADSTRIDE 1-DAY PSYCHOTHERAPY WORKSHOPS