Northern IrelandRegional Committee
Presenters Bio: Having trained with UU and Middlesex University, David has worked as a research-practitioner for some 25-years in child, adolescent, adult and forensic mental health settings. For 10 years he worked in, managed and developed therapeutic community psychiatric alternatives for persons experiencing or recovering from schizophrenia, schizophrenia spectrum and personality disorders. David also worked in a Belfast trauma centre with individuals experiencing conflict related trauma and more recently was the Clinical Lead of a primary care intervention for individuals chronically traumatized because of the NI “troubles”. For upwards of ten years David was a clinical supervisor with the NEXUS institute working with the survivors of child and adult sexual violence. David also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Dublin City University integral in developing, designing and subsequently teaching into a Doctoral Clinical Psychotherapy training programme. David is an associate lecturer with PCI College and also teaches into an MSc psychotherapy satellite programme for NHS multidisciplinary mental health professionals. Currently David is Clinical Lead of Inspire previously The Northern Ireland Association of Mental Health.
Workshop Outline: The workshop will
1.Integrate the consensus of clinical opinion with contemporary, emerging theoretical advances in the treatment of complex trauma, mapping out the historical and contextual origins of traumatic stress
2.Describe the hard wired fight, fight and freeze response, dissociation and distinguish between autobiographical and traumatic memory.
3.Draw on clinical case material to identify the symptom spectrum which is common to as well as distinguishing between the diagnostic criterion for discrete posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and the clinical phenomenon of complex trauma which emerges out of early insecure attachments, the relationship to adult mental health and personality disorders along with the implications for treatment.
4.Highlight the need for therapist self-care when working with traumatized clients to mitigate vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue.
The day will conclude with a facilitator led mindfulness based breathing meditation exercise.
Training Level: All Levels.