Possible Neglect and its Neglect?
The challenge of working with learned helplessness and dissociation.
This event will examine working with people who are cut-off or numbed due to neglect, trauma or hopelessness, and the different challenges each states pose. Working with people who struggle to respond can be a de-skilling experiences for practitioners. Long periods of avoidance, difficulties in showing affect, purpose or even words can be enormously challenging and evoke very negative countertransference. Frustration, boredom and feelings of incompetence make it hard to maintain interest in such clients and they may be dismissed as unready or unsuitable for therapy.
The early roots of unreachable states, including neurobiological and attachment problems, will be discussed, as well as how to work to redevelop more hopeful states, and how this needs to be informed by the practitioner’s own felt embodiment and its use in sessions.
Graham Music has undertaken extensive trainings as both an adult and a child and adolescent psychotherapist. He works primarily with children and adolescents in the Portman clinic and adults elsewhere. At the Tavistock he teaches and supervises on the child psychotherapy and other psychological therapy courses. He also leads on training in child development, neuroscience and attachment theory, and has a particular interest in linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice.
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