The Birchtree Centre: Workshop for Survivors of Recent and Past Trauma

January 17, 2018

Many people who have experienced trauma and/or neglect find it difficult to make sense of their current struggles. It is common to feel a sense of lacking control over various aspects of their life, to feel ‘different’, shameful and alone in their experiences.

Learning how complex trauma affects people can help survivors to begin to make sense of the impact of their upbringing. It can also assist them in decreasing shame and recognising a commonality with others who have had similar experiences.

This workshop will assist survivors in:

  • Understanding the way in which trauma affects the developing brain
  • Exploring the concept of Neuroplasticity – what they can do to help lay down new pathways in their brain
  • Identifying the evolutionary responses to threat, and how they can help settle a dysregulated nervous system.
  • Why safety is important and how they can increase their sense of safety
  • Separating out “then and now” – the 90/10 reaction and what it means for them in terms of their reactions to current events in their life
  • Developing strategies for self soothing and settling

This workshop is an educational workshop – participants will not be expected to share details of their history at any point. It can be helpful, however, for them to take some of their thoughts and insights based on the content back to their individual therapist for further exploration and discussion.

When: Saturday, 17th February, 2018, from 9.30am – 4.00pm

Where: Birchtree Centre, Level 1, 58 Parramatta Road, Forest Lodge

Cost: $165. Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided.

Presenters: Jace Cannon-Brookes & Dr. Sophie Reid