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Living and Working with Dissociation: Workshop Review


Living and Working with Dissociation by Rob & Carolyn Spring

I attended this seminar in Crawley in July 2014, presented by an organisation called Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors,  PODS for short.   PODS  was founded by husband and wife team Rob & Carolyn Spring some years ago, and is dedicated to disseminating information  to the public and  health sector professionals about Dissociative Identity Disorder, and related symptoms on the dissociative spectrum.

“I am a survivor of extreme ritual abuse, and as a result I developed Dissociative Identity Disorder” is the shocking  statement of the first slide shown by Carolyn.

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Client complaints by Anne Rogers

‘I wanted to be heard, taken seriously and respected’.

Clients who made a complaint
by Anne Rogers

This article is a sequel to the one published last quarter on the experiences of therapists involved in a complaint. Here I trace the experiences of five of the people I interviewed who brought a complaint, three of whom were therapists, two lay persons.
All wanted to tell their story, they wanted to be heard. Although a few of the complaints had taken place ten or more years previously all their experiences remained painful.
In my previous article I highlighted the lack of support that the therapists felt when faced with a complaint, the complainants were in an even weaker position. Therapists have colleagues, supervisors and often the support of their insurance companies. None of these is available for clients.

Read more: Client complaints by Anne Rogers

Polyvagel Theory Workshop Report

After the SCAP   AGM   on 26.7.14,  local Brighton therapist Matt Ingrams  spoke to us with a fascinating  review of the latest research to support

“Client Safety, Stabilisation and Self Regulation”

Matt commenced by outlining a little of his background, including that as part of his training, he had studied TA at Wealden College in East Sussex,  and this provided a frame for his current work with clients.   He said he would also be drawing on the work of Dr Stephen Porges*,  who has researched what he discovered about mammalian responses to trauma, now termed Polyvagal Theory, and on  Dr Dan Siegal's# concept of 'the window of tolerance' (the idea that there is a self-regulated mode of sufficient calmness, safety and rationality which clients can learn to induce for themselves rather than swinging wildly between hyper- and hypo-arousal, which actually leaves them very vulnerable and definiately not safe. )

Read more: Polyvagel Theory Workshop Report

Being in the now

by Charles Baines

Being in the moment is possibly the main key to appreciating life and feeling satisfied, and yet most human beings spend most of their lives either thinking about the future or reflecting on the past. Our active minds find it very hard to stay in the present moment and we distracted by the ‘voice in our heads’ that talks to us from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep, In this article I am going to briefly explore some counselling modalities and current practices which encourage us to bring our attention to the present.

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Seminar review: Mindfulness, the Brain and Therapy

 – reviewed by Jan Irwin

This was another well attended SCAP morning seminar, held in March 2014 at  Community Base in Brighton.  Our speaker, Mark Head, one of the directors of the Link Centre, Newick, introduced himself as a qualified psychotherapist and MCBT trainer.  The seminar was an interesting mix of experiential exercises, talks, and questions and answers.

Read more: Seminar review: Mindfulness, the Brain and Therapy

NEW: Group for Newly Qualified Counsellors

by Lisa Martucci

As part of the transition to qualified counsellor there have been a number of landmarks in the past few months.  Qualification Certificates have been issued and Graduation attended by many;  for me personally it has been a time to appreciate the great support that I have had from my tutors, my family and my friends.  Graduation was held at the Assembly Halls in Worthing: it was a day full of inspiring speeches and grand ceremony to mark the proud celebration of academic achievement and a fitting end, for many students, to years of hard work. 

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Workshop report: Treating Traumatised Clients

Treating Traumatised Clients – by Joanna Beazley Richards – 15th March.

In this workshop Joanna gave an overview of how to treat traumatised clients. She began by defining trauma as involving fear for life, or physical/ mental integrity, and pointed out this is unique to the individual, when their ability to deal with the event is overwhelmed. PTSD results from severe trauma and its symptoms include intrusive memories or flashbacks, avoidance of stimuli associated with the traumatic event (“triggers”), and being in a constant state of alert. Untreated childhood trauma affects survivors throughout life and there may also be effects on development, problems with social attachments, and/or sexual responses, difficulty with concentration, or dissociation.

Read more: Workshop report: Treating Traumatised Clients

Conference report: UK Association for Transactional Analysis annual conference

Despite being a member of a number of organisations since qualifying over 10 years ago, I have never been to a large national event, so I booked for the UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis) annual conference and AGM with enthusiasm but also a small measure of trepidation: the drive to Blackpool would be the furthest I've ever done in one journey.  As it happened, the 6 1/2 hours of motorway driving (the route hastily scribbled down on the back of an envelope before setting off - who needs satnav?!) was uneventful and straightforward, although mostly wet! 

Read more: Conference report: UK Association for Transactional Analysis annual conference