Integrating and Working with PTSD and Complex PTSD: Conceptualisation, Challenges and Effective Interventions

Friday 19th March 10:00 - Saturday 20th March 16:00

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 Therapeutic work for PTSD and Complex PTSD presents a wide spectrum of challenges, even for the most experienced of practitioners: comorbidity with personality and dissociative disorders can enhance misdiagnosis risks; PTSD predictors including dissociative amnesia and altered time perceptionmay vary in severity across clients; traumatic reactions may coexist with substance addictions; episodic and repeated traumatic events may have both been present  – all of these factors can make our task difficult. To address these challenges and assist our clients in their recovery process, not only do we need in-depth familiarity with diagnostic tools, but we may also need to customise our approach – such that clinically tested therapeutic techniques are applied for managing trauma symptoms, nightmares, dissociation and shame. Specifically, we need therapeutic tools drawn from sensorimotor and body-focussed methodologies which can be adjunct to our primary models. This practical and clinically oriented workshop led by Christiane Sanderson – one of UK’s leading experts on PTSD and complex PTSD – is aimed at equipping us with these much-needed therapeutic tools and skills. The workshop begins by discussing the latest diagnostic criteria for PTSD as they are presented in the new DSM V and ICD-11; including the recently added subtype: PTSD with Prominent Dissociative Symptoms and its linkage to dissociative disorders and childhood abuse. The workshop highlights how these revised diagnostic criteria present a more inclusive and comprehensive formulation of PTSD that accounts for prolonged and repeated exposure to interpersonal trauma. Over the course of two days, the workshop discusses and explains the essential therapeutic techniques, which encompass both psychological and somatic symptoms and allow us, as trauma-wise practitionersto create a customised recovery toolkit for our clients. Drawing on her extensive clinical experience and using case vignettes for practical demonstration, Christiane outlines the process by which psychotherapeutically trained practitioners can assess and prepare traumatised clients for the ‘journey of therapy’ whilst bearing in mind their need for emotional regulation and a sense of security.