Looking to increase your tool kit of safe trauma therapy strategies in your clinical practice? Well CMHE’s annual training in Thailand may just be for you! Not only will you be eligible to meet your annual requirement of CPD points from this training but also access to a full retreat experience!
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Our Clinician Retreats
Clinician Retreats are specifically designed for health professionals interested in learning how to incorporate mindfulness into their clinical practice and daily lives. Our retreats offer an annual retreat for health professionals in Thailand and Bali which offers a variety of activities and new learning opportunities. During the retreat your mindfulness sessions will be guided by one of our trained practitioners through mindfulness based breathing, mindful walking and other mindfulness based strategies for you and your clients. The Retreat provides you with an experiential understanding of mindfulness and aims to teach you the tools that will enable you to incorporate this practice into your daily and work lives.and
- Morning and Afternoon Mindfulness training
- Welcome Massage or Spa Experience available
- Daily Yoga
- Clinical Education Seminars to meet annual professional development requirements of mental health and wellbeing professionals
- Mindfulness in Clinical Practice Lectures
- Organic Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Available (Predominantly vegetarian with some seafood based meals)
- Access to a Private Pool
- Quality accommodation options available depending on budget (for as little as $25AUD a night)
- Mindfulness Theory Hand-outs Reference Sheets
- Daily 15 minute private mentoring sessions/supervision available to all participants
- Guided Walks & optional rain forest expeditions available
- End of week group boat trip and Horse-riding or Sea-Kayaking trips available
Who is This Retreat for?
Entry is open to all health professionals of any modality who have an understanding of mindfulness and a commitment to further their practice in mindfulness. The Thailand retreat will focus on Somatic Trauma Therapy Foundation skills which have been shown to be effective when working with individuals with emotion regulation difficulties, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress reactions and for individuals with trauma histories.
Proof of professional background as well as a written statement on your clinical experience, mindfulness practice experience and retreat goals is required prior to attending the retreat. Completion of this retreat will be acknowledged with a certificate of attendance.
The number of participants will be limited to 18 people per retreat with a preference of 10 participants.
Participants are expected to arrange their own flights. The fee is from $3,199 for the full 5 Day retreat experience, or $950 if you would like to access your own accomodation and meals. For clinicians wanting to commence a payment plan the Centre for Mental Health Education accepts a deposit and 6 month direct debit payment plan.
Call Bradley on +61 3 9448 2361 or email email@example.com to discuss this!
Trauma Therapy Training Details
Foundation Training is included in full retreat or from $950 if you choose to only attend training and organise your own accomodation and meals)
This foundation training focuses on the overall application of somatic trauma therapy approaches and is geared towards all participants having an understanding of, commitment to and benefits of safe trauma therapy approaches can have for your clients.
This retreat embraces three major goals:
- First, to make a relevant bridge between trauma theory and trauma practice;
- Second, to make non-touch somatic tools available to the trauma practitioner;
- Third, to equip therapists to distinguish and help clients who: 1) are not good candidates for processing trauma memories and 2) those who are good candidates for processing memories.
These goals underlie the principles addressed in The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment, putting into direct practice the tools presented there as well as many others.
Skills addressed in these workshops include:
- Putting on the breaks
- Know what your client wants out of therapy
- Who are good candidates for trauma therapy and who are not
- Stabilisation skills which can be used in Phase one, two and three of trauma therapy including resource identification as an antidote to painful memories
- Flashback protocols
- Nightmare protocols
- Being able to integrate the relevant neuroscience theory that guides principles and leads to effective interventions
- Integration of multiple therapy techniques to ensure a client centred approach
The training is grounded in the belief that the therapist working with trauma must become familiar with many theories, techniques, and treatment models to ensure that therapy will always be tailored to the needs of the client. Therefore, it is designed to enhance, not replace, skills and knowledge already held by the participants. In the past, practitioners from many disciplines (psychoanalysis, psychodynamic, EMDR, cognitive behavioural, hypnosis, Gestalt, body psychotherapy, TA, etc.) have all found this training to be a complement not a conflict.
These 4-day workshops, run during the retreat, review both traditional and alternative theories of PTSD including (but not limited to) those developed by: Babette Rothschild, Bessel van der Kolk, Judith Herman, M.D. at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; the Bodynamic Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Peter Levine, Ph.D., Ergos Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Specific Topics Covered
- Reducing risks of trauma therapy is the focus of this workshop and the foundation of the entire training.
- Theoretical material includes: psychology of stress and trauma – including the role of dissociation; physiology of stress and trauma – including how brain and nervous system communicate during and following traumatic events;
- Defining types of trauma clients; “putting on the brakes” for containment, and safety, and regulating hyperarousal.
- Experience with basic body awareness, muscle toning, boundaries, and the use of resources will provide the basis for direct practice during the remainder of the training.
- The workshops during the retreat will go through all the structures, components and resources required for safe and successful trauma therapy approaches.
Who should attend?
Individuals from a range of professional backgrounds who work in community-based services, including youth, family, homeless, aged, welfare, alcohol and substance, mental health, and disability. Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, and Psychiatrists have all found this workshop useful!
Trauma Therapy Workshop Component
Each Day of the Retreat (9.00am – 3.00pm)
Thailand Retreat (Kata Beach)