How to Re-Build The Self – From The Bottom Up
This talk will invite you on a multi-sensory tour of trauma. Through the use creative imagery, storytelling, animation and experiential exercises – we will walk you through a narrative about how early adverse experiences lead to developmental trauma in the child’s growing mind and body; and how it is held within individuals, families and the community.
En route to finding out how to repair early trauma, we understand how the trauma carried in the parents’ body is passed down to the next generation through the attachment relationship. The walk finds its way to the question of repair – and we explore how working from the bottom (primitive) brain upwards can help an individual to regulate feelings, process ‘frozen’ memories and redefine relationships.
We plant the seed of change – person by person; family by family and community by community.
What you will learn?
1. Learn about the multiple layers of society where trauma can become frozen in time
2. Develop an understanding of how toxic stress in childhood elicits fight/flight/freeze responses in children; which narrows their window of tolerance for further stress.
3. Have the opportunity to apply knowledge about the impact of repeated trauma on brain development to a ‘real life’ scenario through story telling.
4. Be alerted to the process of trans-generational trauma and the importance of the attachment relationship in improving outcomes for children
5. Consider the process of repair, with a focus on the power of individual trauma-focussed therapy and its impact on family relationships.
6. Be invited to use the self in the moment to engage fully with the multi-sensory learning hour about trauma