Skills for working with trauma and supporting each other to build resilient cultures.
Many people involved in socially engaged work – activism, human rights defence, and political organising – encounter violence and repression, and the accumulative influence of stresses. This can lead to post-traumatic conditions that exert a strong influence on our wellbeing, our work and lives. Knowing how to work well with trauma, to transform, mitigate and grow beyond it, can be crucial for the longevity of our activism and our groups.
This training will offer the skills and experience to increase your capacity to respond usefully to trauma. IT will help you understand what we need in place so that our groups and organisations can support each other adequately, and build a more resilient culture.
Many people involved in socially engaged work – activism, human rights defence, and political organising – encounter situations which can be traumatising. Learning to work with these experiences is key to creating resilient cultures for social change.
Direct experience of violence and repression, as well as the accumulative influence of stresses, can be traumatising. Post-traumatic conditions can have a strong influence on our wellbeing, our work and lives. Identifying and transforming these tendencies can help us to continue to bring the best of our hearts and minds to our work and lives.
An inability to identify and transform individual and group patterning associated with these issues is a common source of burnout, conflict and dysfunction in our groups and organisations. As such, addressing trauma is a political issue. Unless we learn to work with trauma, repression and violence (both overt and subtle) consistently succeed in blocking meaningful social change. Knowing how to work well with trauma, to transform, mitigate and grow beyond it, can be crucial for the longevity of our activism and our groups.
This training will offer the skills and experience to increase your capacity to respond usefully to trauma. How can we work with our own symptoms and patterns? How can we support others? How can we recognise and transform trauma as it shapes the wider social field? What do we need in place so that our groups and organisations can work well with trauma, support each other adequately, and build a more resilient culture?
On this course you will:
• Gain a theoretical understanding of trauma
• Learn useful trauma ‘first aid’ skills
• Gain hands on experience of a range of tried and tested approaches which can be applied in different settings including:
– Somatic Experience
– Organic Intelligence
– Mindfulness- based interventions
• Be offered an overview of the range of other methods in the field, and an understanding of their pros and cons, including: Tension Release Exercises (TRE), EDMR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and narrative based approaches
• Explore how these skills and understandings can be taken back into groups and organisations in order to create a more resilient culture.
The team have a diverse background in therapeutic work dealing with developmental trauma, as well as interventions in an activist context as well as situations of humanitarian crisis. and conflicts.
Dr. Louise Hemmerman studied sociology at the Universities of Durham and Leeds and in 2006 she received her doctorate, for a thesis exploring the health impact of intensive caring responsibilities on women in mid -life. Upon completing her post- doctoral fellowship, in 2009, she left academia to pursue her growing commitment to climate activism. From 2009 to 2015 Louise joined the Ecodharma training collective, and drawing on her first-hand experience of emotional fatigue from her involvement in direct action and its legal consequences, she began developing the Sustaining Resistance, Empowering Renewal programme of work and collaboration, as an organiser, fundraiser and facilitator. In recent years, her studies have centred more towards healing oriented and somatic topics, including the complex interface between trauma, body disconnection and burnout. In 2016, she left the Ecodharma resident team to write up her research and studies, train as a TRE practitioner and pursue further training in healing the energetic and embodied repercussions of experiencing trauma.
Boaz Feldman is is a trained psychologist in trauma healing, cognitive-behavioural, psychosomatic and systemic therapeutic processes as well as a certified Mindfulness trainer from Bangor University. He regularly facilitates community-based bio-psychosocial capacity building trainings in humanitarian interventions both in conflict affected-regions (Afghanistan & Myanmar), natural disasters (Thailand) and development contexts (Mozambique). He is an engaged contemplative committed towards positive social, environmental and spiritual changes in the world, working in an interdisciplinary clinic in Geneva. He provides Mindful Leadership classes for the Trinity College Dublin MBA programs and integrity trainings in Switzerland.
Suvaco is a registered UKCP Core Process psychotherapist and cranio sacral practitioner who holds an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University. He incorporates aspects of psychodynamic, relational and dialectical behaviour therapy into his approach to psychotherapy, primarily focussed around treating trauma with empathic attunement. He work with people in a range of settings, including activists committed to making social or environmental changes. He trained in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah for 17 years as a Buddhist monk and currently teaches meditation as part of the teaching staff at Gaia House, Devon.
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