The impact of trauma on the body and soul
In recent years, the increase of research and information on the impact of trauma has been phenomenal. It can be said with certainty that we have learned more about trauma in the last two decades than in the last 100 years combined. The majority of our new understanding is based on the study of brain functions and their specific reactions to traumatic experiences. A dramatic growth of groups of people diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), has also occurred. According to statistics, 52% of soldiers returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer symptoms of PTSD. Additionally, victims of displacement, war, terrorism, natural disasters and family abuse may suffer the consequences and somatic impact of trauma, and current discoveries in genetics say that it can impact even the second and third generation. It is important to know that their traumatic suffering is inextricably bound up in their physical as well as their mental state.
Therefore, it is essential that body therapists, psychologists, naturopaths and all active medical practitioners are aware of the magnitude of many traumatic experiences and that they are trained in the recognition and handling of traumatic response. Therapists who are not able to respond adequately to the signs and symptoms of their clients will, at best treat ineffectively, and at worst, do even more damage to the psyche of their patients.
Deepesh very clearly and urgently explains what actually happens in the brain when a person suffers a trauma and what symptoms – purely on the physical level – may accompany the psychological responses, including illness, body pathology, triggers and flashbacks. Much more important: how can we effectively intervene to break this cycle?
This 5-day workshop will offer clear and understandable approaches based on the latest information from physiology, psychology, and sociology. Methods currently used in working with victims of trauma are presented and adapted to the needs and requirements of bodyworkers and Cranio sacral therapists. The lively and vivid lessons vary from theoretical to experimental self-awareness exercises, so that the participants “in their own bodies” learn what awareness and resource building means in the therapeutic session.
Deepesh is a gifted psychotherapist with more than 30 years of experience. He was a HAKOMI trainer and HAKOMI coach for 15 years. He has added another 12 years of ongoing study of the nature of trauma, the neuropsychology of emotions, and Mindfulness-based stress and pain reduction, all in the context of his longtime Zen practice. Additionally, Deepesh has included the findings of modern neuroscience and attachment theory in his work. His great gift is to bring to all kinds of therapists and health professionals, the relevant content of current psychological theory and scientific findings in a form easily understandable and yet precise. He is an Adjunct Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
“What you feel, you can heal – what you resist, persist(s)” (Deepesh´s favorite saying)
Course language: English with a sentenc-by-sentence translation into German
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Date: September 8-12, 2017
Location: Landgasthof Dorflinde (www.landgasthof-dorflinde.de) in Grasellenbach/Odenwald, Germany
Price: 699,- €
Information & Registration: Monika Weller (firstname.lastname@example.org)