Living with Complex Trauma: How to survive and thrive after chronic stress
Trainers: Laura France & Roy Fears
- Date: Fri 20th Sep 2019
- Price: £120.00
- 10am - 4pm
- 25 places available
Individuals who have experienced repeated trauma, stress, loss and harm throughout their lives can find themselves deeply affected in a number of ways. These ways might include:
- Feeling alone and very frightened
- Feeling guilty and ashamed of who they are
- Struggling to sleep, losing their appetite, or eating much more than usual
- Struggling to go to work
- Struggling to have healthy, stable relationships
- Turning to risky ways of coping, such as self-harm, or using drugs and alcohol
- Having symptoms of traumatic stress such as nightmares and flashback
These difficulties are called ‘Complex Trauma’, and many people suffer in silence, believing that they were somehow responsible for the harmful things that happened to them, or that the difficulties that they have now are shameful.
At Beacon House we work with many adults who have survived Complex Trauma. We have seen men and women travel from a place of desperation and hopelessness to a place of empowerment, repair and hope.
This gentle, welcoming and sensitive one-off workshop is for adults who have suffered repeated trauma and stress in their life, and who recognise the signs above in themselves. The workshop is led by a specialist Clinical Psychologist, Dramatherapist; and is co-delivered with two inspirational experts-by-experience; who have come through the profound challenges of living with Complex Trauma.
Who this course is for
Any adults (21 years +) who have experienced repeated stress and trauma; and who would like to learn more about trauma and its recovery along with family, friends and carers of adults with C-PTSD Please note: this is not a group therapy session and there will not be any individual follow up. Refreshments and lunch are provided, please notify us of any allergies.
- Have the opportunity to meet other people who have survived similar situations
- Learn about what Complex Trauma is
- Hear from two women who have come through Complex Trauma to feel more able to live the life they want to live
- Have the opportunity to do some ‘hands on’ self-care, through mindfulness, a delicious lunch and hopefully some laughter too
- Learn about options for healing and repair – and consider your own hopes for your next steps
About the trainer
Dr Laura France is a specialist clinical psychologist and Clinical Lead for our adult services. Laura has extensive experience working with teenagers and adults who have been through repeated trauma. Laura rejects the diagnostic labels (such as ‘Personality Disorder’) that are often given to individuals with complex trauma histories. In her work, she supports clients to make sense of how their current difficulties connect to their life experiences, and helps them to let go of old ways of surviving that are causing harm.
Roy Fears work at Beacon House as a Dramatherapist. He is also a clinical supervisor championing clinical supervision for non clinicians; help for the helper and care for the carer. Roy works with young people and adults alike and is passionate regarding the understanding and repair of trauma in all its forms.
Please note that lunch will be provided.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please specify them when booking.
Terms and Conditions
Courses are refundable up to 30 days prior to the date of the course. Any cancellation with less than 30 days notice are NON-REFUNDABLE. You may send a substitute delegate providing s/he meets the course criteria. We reserve the right to cancel the course date, in this case we will notify you by email as early as possible, and advise you of an alternative date or provide you with a full refund. In the event of a course cancellation under 7 days’ notice, a new course date or refund will be organised for you. Under no circumstances are Beacon House are liable for any travel expenses, childcare, potential loss of income or any associated costs.