Stabilising Traumatised Individuals for assessment & initial interventions: Laying the Foundation for Safe Trauma Therapy

NEXT WORKSHOP with Babette Rothschild on the 29th June 2017 (Brisbane)


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In trauma work timing is of the essence!7CPD hrs

Often traumatised individuals have flashbacks, physical symptoms, dissociate, and present in crisis at the first therapeutic contacts (phone inquiry, assessment and first therapy sessions). Too many clients don’t even return following an initial session or opt out of treatment prematurely. Such circumstances result in increased distress for the client and confusion for the therapist. Assessment, planning, and therapeutic interventions often become difficult to impossible.

When to stabilise and when to hold back become the internal dialogue of the therapist. In Somatic Trauma Therapy we are mindful of when to put on the brakes and when to gently apply the accelerator. Premature acceleration of trauma processes will cause trauma therapy to go awry.

This workshop explores:

  • the important first steps in any safe trauma therapy
  • “putting on the brakes” for containment, safety, and regulating hyperarousal
  • treatment planning
  • relevant neuroscience theory that guides principles and leads to effective interventions
  • a trauma informed approach when working with clients with trauma histories

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Faculty: Babette Rothschild, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

In 2017 the Centre for Mental Health Education welcomes back Babette Rothschild for one last series of one day and intensive training programs. Babette, a psychotherapist since 1976, is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the US Association for Body Psychotherapy. Babette is the author of five books including the best selling The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment and 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery. Babette is also the creator and series editor for WW Norton’s popular 8 Keys to Mental Health Series.

Who should attend?

Individuals from a range of professional backgrounds who work in community-based services and counselling, including youth, family, homeless, aged, welfare, alcohol and substance, rape crisis, domestic violence, mental health, and disability. This workshop is suitable for professionals who work with individuals in crisis and/or have a trauma history.


1 Day Workshop (9.00am – 4.00pm)

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