Who is this training for?
Tertiary qualified professionals in health or social sciences including the fields of counselling, social work, psychology,
psychotherapy, psychiatry, chaplaincy, and occupational therapy. Other applicants with significant relevant work
experience and therapeutic aptitude will be considered.
About the training
The stories people tell themselves and others about traumatic events do affect how they live their present and future lives. While the actual events and their effects can be helpfully explored, a narrative approach also seeks to bring forth and richly describe people’s responses to traumas.
Often these responses have been, and still may be, of value to the person. Typically, these response stories are undeveloped or completely invisible. Keeping this in mind, we will consider how to:
• Identify and name resistance to traumatic events: thoughts, feelings or actions taken that reduced the negative effects at the time and/or later
- Assist people to tell the unsaid stories: noticing details and asking helpful questions about them
- Relate to traumatic incidents from a safe place outside the trauma story
- Bring forth a valued sense of self in spite of the effects of trauma
- Name the relational politics of traumatic experience
We will also think about how we might bring these constructive responses to trauma, the actual incident/s, and the effects of trauma, into a fuller storied life. This practical and interactive workshop will explore the importance of asking different kinds of questions while creating a felt-sense of compassion. Participants will be introduced to a variety of ways of working with people including some mindfulness and somatic awareness skills as complementary to narrative question-asking. Brief and extended stories from therapy will illustrate narrative approaches.