Working with Survivors of Gender-Based Violence: Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma
A Two-Day Workshop with Dr. Lori Haskell, Clinical Psychologist
This two-day workshop provides theoretical and practical strategies to assist those working with survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and other forms of gender-based violence. Survivors of such violence often experience severe dysregulation, attachment difficulties, complex trauma and dissociative symptoms. Understanding these impacts is imperative as dissociation interferes with survivors’ sense of their own bodies, their ability to experience emotion, their capacity for emotional regulation and their sense of self. Social contexts of inequalities and discrimination, including experiences of neglect, abuse and violence, also shape and can compound trauma, adding significant layers of distress and difficulties in the lives of survivors.
This workshop will focus on complex and early attachment trauma, its effect on the body, biological and emotional systems and brain circuitry.
Day one will provide a theoretical overview of a comprehensive approach to complex, relational trauma. Day two will teach a range of interventions intended to stabilize, create safety and assist survivors in decreasing dissociative responses and modify the neurophysiological effects of trauma.
Participants will learn a new way of conceptualizing trauma and will learn techniques to help survivors cope, regulate and expand their window of tolerance.
This workshop is designed for a multi-disciplinary audience, from psychologists and psychiatrists, to counsellors in private practice and in the anti violence field, to those in child protection, police and other human service fields.
Cost of workshop includes coffee and hot lunches.