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Working with trauma - Supporting recovery through our relationships

  • The Albany Learning and Conference Centre 44 Ashley Street Glasgow G3 6DS (map)


“The interlocking of integrity and trust in caretaking relationships completes the cycle of generations and regenerates the sense of human community which trauma destroys” Judith Herman

Traumatic events are often deeply profound and hard to forget. Working with people who have experienced trauma can be both rewarding and challenging. Every connection a trauma survivor makes can impact upon their ability to recover. To fully honour their experiences and be effective in our responses we need to develop an awareness of how trauma unconsciously emerges in people’s day to day lives, relationships and connections and in the way they seek support.

This day is for people whose work involves bearing witness to the suffering and trauma of others. The day will explore psychological trauma and its impact and increase awareness of trauma informed practice. You may be a psycholocical therapist or work in a support role.

This will be a reflective and experiential day, using a range of tools including presentations, group work and experiential exercises to explore psychological trauma, its impact and how to support trauma informed practice.


Describe trauma theory and how this may impact on individuals and groups

Introduce the neuroscience of trauma

Explore how distress may show up in your work with people

Demonstrate skills in responding to trauma supportively

Practice managing difficult disclosures, behaviours and conversations

Consider the potential for retraumatization

Consider the role of boundaries when providing a service to people affected by trauma

Consider the relationship that we each have with trauma, how our own experiences of trauma impact on how we work and how the trauma we come across in work impacts on us individually.


Norma McKinnon Fathi is a UKCP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a qualified Community Worker. Norma has 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable people who have experienced trauma including survivors of childhood sexual abuse, childhood neglect, violence, conflict and torture. For the past 11 years her clinical work has been with survivors of torture and she previously managed psychological services at a national charity. Norma works in private practice and is a co-founder at Mandala Consultants.

Elise Marshall is a person-centred counsellor, supervisor and trainer and a registered, accredited member of BACP. Elise is also a professional massage therapist and qualified yoga teacher. She has over 14 years working with survivors of trauma including with those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence, domestic abuse and torture. For ten years she worked as a psychological therapist with survivors of torture for a national charity where she also designed and delivered training. Elise is an honorary lecturer at Glasgow University School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. Elise also has a small private practice as a counsellor, supervisor, yoga teacher and massage therapist as well as providing long term counselling for a small charity working with male adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She is a co-founder of Mandala Consultants.


Please note lunch is not provided, however there is a cafe available onsite and shops and cafes within walking distance of the centre.

Cost: £105