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NIRC Working with Complex Trauma and dissociated states of mind; How to mind yourself (02/ 12/17)

Presenter: Dr David Cameron

Event Details
City Hotel, Derry. Queens Quay, BT487AS
Registration 9.30: Starts 10am to 4pm

Northern IrelandRegional Committee

Present a workshop entitled:

Working with Complex Trauma and dissociated states of mind - How to mind yourself

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.


CPD certificates will be emailed to participants after attendance at the Workshop




Workshop Limited to 30 places. IACP Members only.

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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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