Working relationally with Trauma - offered by CAT South West
22nd July 2022

Working relationally with Trauma  - Theoretical and Practical Considerations of CAT and neuroscience informed models.

Facilitated by Mark Walker

A one day in person workshop in Exeter

Delegate fee: £70 (when booking and paying online).  Invoice bookings: £85

Lunch is not included but there is a cafe in the building

Increasing numbers of CAT therapists are also training in EMDR and other models that more explicitly incorporate theories from Neurobiology. This session is aimed at those who are interested in exploring this further, or who are trained in or interested in EMDR or other somatically informed modalities and have started thinking about how to use these within their CAT practice.

We will cover:

1) The CAT Theory of personality development, with a focus on Trauma Induced Dissociation, and how this maps on to more general theories around Structural Dissociation emerging in Neuroscience literature.  

2) Discussion about embodied trauma and Trauma derived Reciprocal Roles (particularly Self to Self), and the processes of ‘change/healing’ in CAT.

3) We will explore how CAT can incorporate other paradigms such as EMDR’s AIP model and what this may look like in practice.

4) How to work ‘relationally’ and remain ‘embodied’.

5) Targeting trauma driven symptoms and procedures, and Processing the traumatic memories underlying Reciprocal roles which feel stuck…

6) Explore ways of installing positive resources, and creating the felt experience of healthier reciprocal roles, even if no trauma work is possible.

Using the integration of CAT & EMDR as a main example, we will have the opportunity to think through the theoretical similarities and differences between different models and develop a clearer idea of how they can work together.

Mark Walker is a CAT Therapist and Supervisor and an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant working within Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and also has a small private practice. He is a former Course Co-Director of the Oxford CAT Practitioner Course and a member of the core training team which ran the Midlands CAT practitioner and skills trainings. He is also a committee member of the EMDR West Midlands Regional support group.

He is a qualified Taiji and Qigong instructor and when appropriate uses these as an adjunct to formal therapeutic approaches when working with PTSD and developmental trauma.

Mark has written about CAT and EMDR integration generally and continuously works to integrate an awareness of the body along with current findings within Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) to his approach with his clients and supervisees.

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