Continuing Professional Development – CPD
Upcoming Continuing Professional Development courses
Trauma Training for Therapists
Date: By arrangement
Time: 10am – 5pm
- Understand what Trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD is
- Psycho-education – Understanding Polyvagal theory and the neurobiology of the brain in Trauma and how to incorporate it into the therapy
- Safe Trauma Assessment including Trauma line
- Using and teaching Safety and Stabilisation
- Self care contracting
- Processing trauma
- Preventing Vicarious Trauma
This day will clarify what “Trauma” actually is and how to recognise the signs of PTSD and complex PTSD (and what the difference is).
There will be a thorough explanation of what happens in the body and brain in trauma responses and the importance of working safely with such clients by keeping them in their ‘window of tolerance’. You will learn how to offer psycho education to clients to help them normalise and validate that responses to trauma are normal reactions to abnormal events AND it is important to acknowledge their destructive potential when the traumatic event is no longer occurring.
We will cover assessment and information gathering and offer a ‘tool box’ of ways to regulate your clients distress levels. You will come away with a clear self care plan to work effectively with clients.
The ‘Trauma line’, will be introduced and experienced. This is a creative way of developing a time line of life events using the symbolism of string, rocks, flowers and night lights.
Learning Labs CPD Sessions with Vajralila in 2022
Time: 3 hour workshops.
Location: Either at The Wilbury Clinic or Vajralila can come to your location, to be arranged.
Bookings: contact Vajralila for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost is £350 for each individual learning lab.
This is a relaxed course for qualified therapists that can be done as a whole or as individual parts.
My motivation in offering this is firstly to share the fruits of many years of practice of experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. My second motivation is to offer a regular supply of inspiration in manageable chunks that hopefully will be easy to incorporate into your therapy practice immediately.
Each 3 hr workshop will begin with a presentation by Vajralila usually followed by a demo and then an opportunity to make the learnings experiential by practicing in pairs or groups. The workshops will be informal in approach with a strong collegial approach in the spirit of sharing and supporting each other in the profound work we do.
Working with protector parts
Learning to see the clients defences, resistances and dysfunctions as ‘parts’ that are motivated to protect. Then, practicing working with these parts and validating their help and support and then bringing in the opportunity to upgrade the body/mind system to the present day (where these protectors are no longer needed in quite the same way)- drawing on the work of Tsultrim Allione, Richard Schwarz, Peggy Pace. Janina Fisher, Daniel Siegel.
This leads on nicely from the previous lab on protectors as it’s an extension of part work. Over the years I have experimented with the most effective ways to do chair work. I have found a pretty sound approach with much room for intuition and flow which I would like to share, it includes a combination of influences from gestalt, couple therapy, NVC (non violent communication) and feeding your demons.
Creativity is such a great way to access the right side of the brain and from this state insights can flow easily. We will work with the shamanic drum, enter the transpersonal doorway of calling on ‘guides’.
Inner child work
I will introduce the reason we need to go back into the past in therapy, I will explore what the past and future even means and then present a structure to guide your client to take their grown up self back in time to help and heal younger parts. Drawing on Transactional Analysis, Lifespan Integration and modern understandings of neuroplasticity and active imagination theory.
Listening to the body
I will introduce how simply listening to the client’s body sensations and gently tracking what is happening and listening with deep empathy, can facilitate access to the clients own inner wisdom and be profoundly healing.
Therapy Goals: Setting the compass
Often I find that when the work gets stuck or we lose our way, it is because the goal is not clear about what the client wants from therapy. This can lead to the therapist guessing or assuming and making interventions from that place which are unlikely to be fruitful and possibly frustrating. This is a good indicator of the need to re set the compass to north. This then makes it clear what your joint work / contract is. It also gives permission for you, the therapist, to go there!
In my therapy room is the sign ‘trust emergence’ to remind me to ‘let go and let god’, as the saying goes… I find the less ‘ego’ or me is identified with DOING the work the better. This could be called a spiritual or transpersonal approach. Whatever the label, opening into space, presence, other power… it’s well worth exploring! I will draw on the work of Gregory Kramer, Brian Thorne and Douglas Harding’s work in this session with live experiments and lots of fun!
Feeding Your Demons Workshop
Feeding Your Demons
See also: www.feedingyourdemons.co.uk
“The process of feeding our demons is a method for bringing our shadow into consciousness and accessing the treasures it holds rather than repressing it. If the shadow is not made conscious and integrated, it operates undercover, becoming the saboteur of our best intentions, as well as causing harm the others. Bringing the shadow into awareness reduces it’s destructive power and releases the life energy stored in it. By befriending that which scares us most, we find our own wisdom.” – Feeding Your Demons’ by Lama Tsultrim Allione
Training in Lifespan Integration therapy is suitable for experienced psychotherapists, counsellors and psychological professionals. LI requires a sound knowledge of child development and some understanding of the neurobiology of trauma. We ask that delegates have sufficient experience in their practice and have delivered a minimum of 450 supervised therapy hours, be current members of a recognised professional body (e.g. UKCP, BACP, BAP, BPS, HCPC etc.) with a clear ethical framework/complaints procedure, and have professional indemnity insurance.
Presenters: Vajralila (Lea)
Times: Next level 1 (of 4) 10/11 March 2023
Tarriff / Cost:
- £390 for participants repeating the training course.
- A deposit of £100 will be required to secure a training place.
- The remainder of the cost will be payable 8 weeks prior to commencement date.
Requirements: To participate in this training course, you must have the necessary diploma qualification in counselling or psychotherapy.
Please include full details of this on your application form.