Working with trauma takes its toll on our bodies. Sometimes the effects are immediate and obvious – feeling sick, suffering from headaches and other symptoms of anxiety. Other effects might be more subtle and gradual – muscle pain, poor immunity, lethargy and extended or frequent absence from work.
This is a workshop for you or your staff if you are coming across trauma in your work. You might be a counsellor, psychotherapist, support worker, nurse, social worker, lawyer, manager, researcher or in another role such as an unpaid carer.
You will leave the session with a range of tools to take away that you can use during the working day, or on your own at home, in order to help restore balance in the body following contact with trauma.
This workshop is suitable both for newcomers and for attendees of the previous 'Vicarious Trauma: Resourcing the body' workshop in February 2019. Attending these workshops regularly can be a way to help maintain balance in the body when working with trauma on an ongoing basis.
By the end of this workshop participants will be able to;
- name the ways in which our health might be physically impacted by coming into contact with traumatic narratives and working with people who are affected by trauma.
- describe tried and tested theory and concepts from trauma sensitive yoga, somatic experiencing and a range of other practices such as mindful movement, breathing techniques and self massage.
-explore ‘first aid’ techniques – tools you can use for yourself while you are with clients or immediately after, in order to rebalance and restore equilibrium and safety in the body
-utilise longer terms strategies for resourcing ourselves physically to sustain our resilience when facing the cumulative effects of contact with trauma
the session will be mainly focussed on individual body work, but we will include some time for tea and an opportunity to connect with each other.
You do not need any experience of yoga, to be flexible or even to own lycra! We will be including some simple yoga movements to try out with the aim of connecting with the body and increasing relaxation rather than promoting flexibility and strength.
Please wear comfortable clothing as we will be moving in the session – if possible avoid wearing jeans as they usually restrict movement. Tracksuit, leggings or looser trousers are fine. If you have a yoga mat, you can bring it, if not, there will be plenty of yoga mats available to borrow. Bring paper and pen/pencil.
Numbers are limited and this will be a small group
Certificates of attendance will be available
About Your Facilitator:
Elise Marshall is a person-centred counsellor, supervisor & trainer and a registered, accredited member of BACP. She is also qualified to level 3 as an EMDR practitioner. Soon after graduating as a counsellor in 2005 Elise went on to qualitfy as a massage therapist with the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and a few years later completed her yoga teacher training with Prana Yoga College.
Elise 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 for those working with trauma in a wide range of roles and settings. Elise is an honorary lecturer at Glasgow University School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and is on the teaching faculty at Temenos Education. 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 and director of Mandala Consultants.
Elise has a particular interest in Vicarious Traumatisation and is currently priorisiting time for reflecting and writing about this area. She has commenced training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with SOSI.