Carolyn Spring’s Trauma Training and Resources for Professionals
One of the main issues in working with complex trauma and dissociation is that most psychotherapy and counselling core training simply doesn’t address it.
Working with trauma is qualitatively different from ‘regular’ psychotherapeutic work. Being trauma-informed is not simply an awareness that trauma exists in the background of your client. It means an understanding of the many different ways that trauma has impacted and changed our brains and nervous systems – because trauma is the adaptation we make to disempowering life threat. It’s the way that our brains are geared towards ‘danger mode’ rather than ‘daily life mode’. It’s the way that our emotions, and even aspects of our physiology such as our energy hormones, are dysregulated and commandeered to help us defend against threat rather than build relationships. The symptoms of trauma make so much sense when we understand that they are our best attempt to survive a perpetually threatening environment. PTSD, complex PTSD and even dissociative identity disorder are the natural outcomes of brains and bodies that have needed to adapt to danger in order to survive.
Our training and resources are not focused on one particular therapeutic approach – one way of solving a problem. Instead they are designed to help deliver insight into what it’s like to be traumatised, what has gone on for us at a neurobiological level, and what it is that as trauma survivors we need in order to move out of ‘danger mode’ back into ‘daily life’ mode.
My approach does not rely on diagnostic criteria or labels, but on a thoroughly human, compassionate and empathic response to suffering.
useful resources for trauma professionals
A training course for people who work with people who have been hurt by people. A course about our intrinsic value as human beings, and how our experiences of relationships shape us—for ill or for good.
for your toolkit
Downloadable booklet providing a useful introduction to dissociative identity disorder for professionals.
When trauma survivors try to talk about what happened to them, often it is triggering and destabilising to do so. The three phase approach to treating trauma takes this into account.
You don’t need to be an expert to work with people who dissociate, but you do need to understand these fundamental issues. Here are ten steps.