Heroin is My Mother, Alcohol my Father

Book tickets

Organised by:

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training

13 February 2021

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: £35+booking fees

Location: online


There is increasing evidence that adverse childhood experiences such as childhood abuse, neglect, relational trauma and early childhood stress significantly increases vulnerability and elevated risk of developing addictions. To manage the impact of abuse, many survivors resort to substance misuse, disordered eating, gambling, workaholism, sex, exercise or unhealthy relationships to self-medicate and to regulate their emotions and mood.

This webinar will look at early adverse childhood experiences, in particular childhood sexual abuse, complex and relational trauma, and their link to addiction. It will explore the nature of addictions within the context of attachment deficits and lack of emotional self-regulation.

The focus will be on enabling practitioners working with addictions and substance misuse to develop a deeper understanding of the link between addictions and complex trauma and how to work more effectively with substance dependent clients.

This training will be of interest to both health and mental health practitioners , drug and alcohol workers, counsellors, therapists, GP’s and anyone working with survivors.

The trainer:

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with over 30 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, Towards Healing, Ireland. the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield.

Book tickets



Find out more about upcoming events.
Read more