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Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse 2 day course

January 24 @ 9:30 am - January 31 @ 4:30 pm


Mon 24 January and Mon 31 January 2022. 9.30am – 4.30pm In this 2 day course we will take time to unpack and think together about the impact of abuse on the developing child. We will think together about this process to understand the creative defences the child builds in order to survive, the way these defences block healthy development, and options for a step by step plan for working with adults who’s childhood involved living with abuse. Taking a bit at a time, is key to this work, and our process in the 2 days will mirror that. Elements covered include: Assessment Establishing safety Essentials for practice in this work 10 stages for working with survivors of abuse in childhood Consideration and protections for the therapist This training starts from the premise that babies are born both wanting and needing to be in relationship. The relationship between a child and his/her primary caretaker has been shown to influence profoundly all areas of the child’s development. Stern (1985) suggests that it is out of the reciprocity of contact between an infant and caretaker that the infant’s sense of self begins to emerge and out of which he or she forms an internal blueprint about the nature of relationships with others. Fairbairn (1952)who believed that the basic human drive is towards relationship with others, described trauma as arising out of relationship failures between a child and his or her primary caregiver – a view supported by many other theorists. Join Bev Gibbons in exploring the outcome of the profound relationship failure of childhood abuse, it’s impact and ways to understand the defences arising. From there we will share ideas about working together with your client to walk the path to health. Training takes place online via Zoom. About the Trainer Bev Gibbons is a PTSTA(P), has a BA in Integrative Counselling, and an MA in TA psychotherapy. She has many years of training experience. Bev has worked as a youth work trainer and policy developer. Working for many years with survivors of abuse, including young survivors. Bev worked for 11 years as the clinical and operational lead of a large counselling and psychotherapy service in the not for profit sector. Bev is director of BGCP – her counselling and psychotherapy practice. She offers therapy, clinical and non-clinical supervision and training.


January 24 @ 9:30 am
January 31 @ 4:30 pm
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TA Training Organisation
0113 2583399
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