(with Thomas Attlee)
Fri-Mon 22nd-25th November 2019.
A profound and practical exploration of Trauma and how to address it.
In this four day seminar on Trauma, we will be:
exploring the Causes, Characteristics, and Nature of Trauma.
establishing Practitioner Resources.
establishing Patient Resources.
exploring and addressing different Levels of Trauma
- in the Tissues
- in the Core
- in the Energy Matrix
developing a well-integrated framework for a practical, resourced approach to addressing Trauma from a broad perspective.
integrating the many layers and levels of Trauma in a profound, safe, and effective manner.
CCST graduates are likely to find that this course takes you to new and deeper levels, beyond the basic training. For non-CCST graduates, this is an excellent opportunity to explore and experience the integrated approach taught at CCST.
"This course was fantastic, one of the best courses I've done on anything. I particularly appreciated your unique perspectives and explanations, and the excellent practicals through which we could experience and explore the material. The course was very well organised."
"I found the course extremely useful, very profound, and most impressive. The whole course was also put together with the usual care and attention which the college always gives to its courses. A truly excellent and wonderful course."
"A very good course, with an effective mix of theoretical insights and practice. Excellent course notes. Effective group dynamics. The course has given me a lot on both a personal and professional level. Many thanks."
“Thomas Attlee’s course on trauma was a breath of fresh air. It greatly complemented other post-graduate studies and workshops I have taken, and also worked well as a stand-alone post graduate training for those who had not previously studied this area.
The course struck a great balance between the sensitivity and subtlety required when working in this area, whilst remaining pragmatic and informative. I found the focus on practical processes, both for working with the body and through dialogue with the person themselves very accessible and relevant. There was an ease and lightness that created safety without undermining the profundity of working in this area.
I particularly enjoyed the pace of the course. There was ample time to explore and discuss fundamental aspects of trauma work such as grounding, resourcing for both therapist and client, differing causes and characteristics of trauma, catharsis, and re-traumatisation whilst developing the appropriate skills and knowledge that could be immediately used in CST practice with our clients. These included sites of holding trauma and key contacts to work with these, and processes for working with the manifestation of trauma at different tissue levels from the deepest core fluid levels up to the fascial patterns. This meant that we were equipped with a set of skills that prepared us for working along the trauma spectrum, allowing for minor trauma and the physical patterns of trauma to be acknowledged in amongst the more challenging and psycho-emotional aspects of this work.
The structure of the course allowed a well integrated framework to be available for each of us to work in accordance with our own particular skill set. A comprehensive set of handouts have allowed me to refer back to the infrastructure of the course content to maintain a firm understanding of the factors to consider when treating trauma as it arises in my practice, whether this is overtly or on the non-verbal and subtle levels of the system”
Thomas Attlee’s “Trauma” workshop is a mind-altering group exploration, literally “Held” by Thomas. The keyword throughout the course is Equanimity, as Thomas fosters the peace and confidence that encourages us to intellectually expand into some of the scariest areas of health practice.
Group discussion rather than lectures, respected our practitionership, as we discovered and shared new ways of perceiving, accepting and dissolving trauma.
Practical sessions animated the coursework within a trustworthy and contained environment, and a detailed, well researched, and thoroughly structured course framework underpins all.
Conferring in circle, we brain-stormed causes and characteristics of trauma, compiled lists, broadened perceptions and shared experiences and concerns about Trauma. Thomas summarised each session and produced - like rabbits from a top hat - crib-sheets of all we’d come up with - and some we hadn’t.
The ideals of Equanimity and Resources pop up through the whole course, as we realise that clients can only feel safe and grounded, if we have paid enough attention to these in ourselves. (After the weekend there was probably an unexpected rush of bookings for Vipassana courses and Buddhist retreats).
During the practical sessions, we were taken gradually deeper into our own internal landscape, starting with guided meditation, and building to 2 treatments a day, to identify sites of trauma, and accessing different levels of trauma, through treating variously with fascia, cranio-sacral levels, mid tide, long tide, and dynamic stillness.
The traumas that I’d thought about - and assumed would come up painfully – didn’t. I could remember them, but there wasn’t the expected somatic reaction. Later discussion revealed this to be a recognised phenomenon, not just avoidance or denial, because the memories were really there, but not the excruciating pain. The trauma appeared to have dissolved.
Working with deeper levels - I was surprised by the development of humility, but on the other hand, I got stuff I didn’t expect. Fondly assumed to be petty annoyances, feelings came up of …..intense annoyance, linked to…...deeper yuk.
I really valued the group approach. Everyone contributed, and respected each other’s input. Everyone upheld professionalism, with the notable lack of cynicism, sarcasm or black humour that so often accompanies dealing with scary stuff.
Reflecting Thomas’s standards in training, the high level of honesty and compassion among the participants was impressive. Input from people with specialities was pertinent and helpful, with individuals self-monitoring in order not to monopolise discussions. It was a real pleasure to be part of this training, and uplifting at more than an intellectual level.
I felt like a pioneer in a new landscape, scouted by Thomas Attlee. He holds the course-group, in serene exploration of the mine-field that Trauma can be for health professionals.