Sat Sep 23 2023 at 10:00 am to Sun Sep 24 2023 at 03:30 pm

George House Trust | Manchester

Greater Manchester Rape Crisis
Publisher/HostGreater Manchester Rape Crisis
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About this Event

Dissociative processes were developed by the mind as a coping strategy to help with extremely overwhelming and terrorising interpersonal experiences. In the aftermath of such traumatic experiences the mind continues to habitually dissociate.

Dissociative processes are about being disconnected from one’s thoughts, feelings, memories, body sensations and sense of identity. Working with a client’s dissociative processes might mean that you find yourself engaged in a kind of group/family therapy with one body, but many different unconscious or/and co-conscious states/ parts. The trauma-related dissociative experiences and their corresponding dysregulated states in the therapy room can feel both confusing and overwhelming for both client and therapist.

Working with dissociative processes means working with inner conflicts, i.e. of
either yearning for connection or pushing others away, both internally as well as
externally. Different self states/parts experience polar opposite needs and fears and
this makes for challenging work both for the client and the therapist.

Some of the dissociative self states/parts might be ‘stuck’ in trauma time and
need support to be oriented to the here and now or their lives. As counsellors and
therapists we can support the client in finding all their different parts and to learn to
relate to their inner world, we can role moles good ‘parenting’ and support the client
to negotiate and care for their different self states/parts.

Day 1: Saturday 23 (10:00 - 3:30)

Part 1 of the training will enable you to feel more knowledgeable andconfident in working with clients who dissociate. It will allow you to:

  • Increase awareness of dissociative experiences
  • Understand the client’s phobia in regards to their inner world
  • Develop knowledge to enable psycho-education
  • Learn creative ways to support dissociative parts to find their voice

Day 2: Sunday September 24 (10:00 - 3:30 )

Part 2 of the training will help you engage with the different self states and develop an open curiosity towards your client’s dissociative processes. It will allow you to:

  • Gain confidence in asking questions, which will help you and your client to understand their dissociative processes
  • Learn creative ways to help externalise internal conflicts
  • Learn to orient the client’s dissociated states to the here and now before, during and after trauma work
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of grounding and self-care

Live Observation & Practice - Makes this Different from Other Training:

The workshop is highly practical. There will be a maximum of 22 participants. Delegates will get the chance to observe & practice skills (with a professional actor playing our very credible client attending therapy). We discuss moment–to–moment decisions about the direction therapy should take - unpacking the therapeutic process with real-time demonstration & practice of skills. Plus, other diverse clinical material will be used to illustrate different presentations, real-world challenges & therapy pitfalls.

Who should attend?

This training will suit therapists, case workers, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, community workers and other professional who directly support trauma survivors


Delegates own self-care is emphasized throughout this two day workshop. If you are in doubt as to whether this course is appropriate for you, please discuss with us in confidence.

About the Greater Manchester Rape Crisis:

GMRC began over thirty years ago as a feminist collective responding to the needs of women who shared their experiences of sexual violence. GMRC is now a registered charity providing vital services for women and girls throughout Greater Manchester, and beyond. As a feminist organisation GMRC strives to make a positive difference in the lives of women. We support any woman who has experienced sexual violence at any time in her life for as long as necessary. We also work to challenge the myths that surround sexual violence.

This workshop is led by Theres Fickl Trainer, Supervisor Counsellor MBACP (Accred).

Theres specialises in helping people make sense of their experiences and she teaches different ways of coping with life’s changes and challenges. Theres has 15 years of experience as a qualified counsellor and professional trainer in private practice. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 2005, and holds a Certificate in Training Practice with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) since 2006.

Issues Theres can confidently deliver training in, include: Psycho-education which can be shared with clients i.e. how the brain works when there is fear and overwhelm, how to bring the brain online again, how memory behaves after trauma, regulating different emotional states, perpetrator imprints, anxiety, depression, hurt in the attachment, cycles of overwhelm leading to self harm and suicidal ideation, moving from emotional self harm to compassion, why compassion works, etc; Working with trauma and neglect i.e. Sexual Abuse, Working with disclosure of sexual abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dissociative Processes including structural dissociation in form of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Impact of trauma and abuse on mental health i.e. Emotional and Physical Self Harm, Suicidal Feelings, Obsessions and Obsessive Compulsive Behaviours, Phobias, Eating Disorders, Sexual intimacy.

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

George House Trust, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, United Kingdom


GBP 100.00 to GBP 160.00

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