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Trauma recovery, regulation and self-care: a residential on what trauma-informed practice really means


16/07/2020 12:30


St Andrews





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16 - 18 July 2020

About this event

Trauma-informed practice is talked about regularly but what is it? What does it actually mean for an organisation, team or individual to be trauma-informed?

During this 3-day residential we will dive deep into theory and practice around trauma. We will explore different models of trauma-informed practice, keeping in mind that trauma-informed practice is not one single approach.

We will explore how the body responds to traumatic events and experience ourselves how to tune into our bodies and how we can use this to bring about safety and proximity in relationships. We will learn how ‘tuning in’ to our bodies and acknowledge its response can facilitate healing and recovery.

It is important to realise that much of what we do every day in our practice works – and works well. Trauma-informed practice does not mean discarding any of these interventions. Throughout the course, we will deepen our understanding of how and why these interventions work and how an individual’s physiology can play a vital role in their success.

Last, but by no means least, we will discuss self-care which is a crucial aspect of trauma-informed practice.

Key learning:

  • Defining and understanding trauma
  • Exploring different elements of trauma-informed practice
  • Exploring Polyvagal theory; understanding regulation and co-regulation
  • Exploring interventions and practising self-care.

Facilitator bio

Jan Montgomery is an experienced and knowledgeable trainer. She is an BACP Accredited Adult Psychotherapist, a Play and Creative Arts Therapist, an EMDR Practitioner, NLP Practitioner and qualified Personal and Corporate Coach. Jan has also completed a Certificate in Traumatic Stress with the Trauma Centre at Bessel van der Kolk’s Justice Resource Institute, Brookline. Jan also completed the Mindfulness Association Level 2 Certificate of Readiness to Teach their Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC).

Jan has worked in health ad social care in various roles throughout her career. She worked with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the voluntary sector for almost a decade. This is where Jan developed an interest in working with attachment and trauma. She moved to working in foster care supporting children and carers of traumatised children. Jan then moved to work with adults with mental health challenges that prevented them from moving into employment.

Jan now has her own business offering training and consultancy. She also has a private psychotherapy and supervision practice. Jan is passionate about taking complex subjects and making them accessible to everyone. She believes that theories are important but understanding how they apply in practice is essential if we are to offer best practice to whose who access our services.

Jan loves learning new things. She enjoys being creative; embroidery and reading are just two of her favourite pastimes.

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