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Trauma training for professionals and survivors

Join my community of over 25,000 online learners helping to reverse adversity and aid recovery from trauma.

I deliver online training and webinars on psychological trauma.

My approach is client-centred, trauma-informed and founded on empathy and compassion. I’ve been heavily influenced by the science of evolutionary neurobiology and I combine this with my own experience in childhood of extreme trauma which resulted in a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. I firmly believe that ‘Recovery is my Best Revenge’ and that healing is found in our journey towards ‘Unshame’!

My unique perspective is the ‘both/and’ of a survivor-professional – combining the latest neuroscience research and the clinical literature (making the complex simple!) with the personal: someone who’s actually been there. There are two people in the therapy room – therapist and client – and I firmly believe that training for therapists should provide both perspectives.

In the ten years pre-pandemic, I delivered live training to over 17,000 delegates and now over 25,000 online learners can access all of my courses and webinars from the comfort of their own home or office at a time that suits.

All my training is composed of short, well-structured modules, with plenty of opportunities to reflect, alongside a plethora of supplemental resources. Although aimed primarily at counsellors and psychotherapists, they are suitable for anyone working with survivors of trauma, and indeed for survivors themselves.

The links below relate to licences for individual use – if you’re an organisation looking for group training please click here.

 

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Working with shame online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Working with Shame Online Training

A heartfelt, emotive course on the neurobiology of shame, its overlap with trauma, and how to work effectively with it in the therapy room. With both left-brain neuroscience and right-brain personal narrative, this course uniquely looks at how shame manifests first and foremost in our bodies, and how to work with shame without exacerbating it. Join me on the journey from crippling shame to living with the courage to be imperfect.

Mental Health and the Body online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma Online Training

Trauma is a supremely physical phenomenon, manifesting not just in our emotions and mental states, but also in our bodies. Trauma results in significant emotional distress and fear-based dysregulation, but also in long-term bodily inflammation and sleep disturbances, which in turn inhibits the processing of traumatic memory. And so it makes sense that our bodies also need to be involved in recovering from trauma: this course shows you how.

Dealing with distress: working with suicide and self-harm - online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm Online Training

Our default response to self-harm and suicidality is to think in terms of ‘risk’. But what if that approach in itself actually increases the risk? What if, instead, we thought in terms of reducing distress, and what if by doing that it in fact also reduced the risk?

This course looks at how to develop a collaborative – and kinder – approach to working with people in intense pain, and explains the fundamental but enlightening neuroscience behind both self-harm and suicide.

Working with dissociative disorders in clinical practice - online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice Online Training

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is the term we give to a set of responses to trauma which are the natural outcome for a childhood of unremitting unsafety, and which result in a fragmented sense of self and disorganised attachment in adulthood.

Join me as I explain how to work with compassion and empathy with people who have suffered the most extreme forms of early life trauma, and expound a treatment roadmap including the principles and pitfalls of this complex work.

Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment - online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment Online Training

In this course I look at the evolution of attachment theory and what this means for working therapeutically with people who have experienced relational trauma, and how its impacts can be reversed through the development of a secure base and ‘earned secure attachment’ through psychotherapy. Aimed principally at professionals, this course is in fact relevant to anyone who has been a child, a parent, or indeed a human being … because attachment theory, quite simply, is relevant to everybody.

Trauma and the Body: Dissociation and Somatisation - online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Trauma and the Body Online Training

Trauma doesn’t just affect the mind and the emotions. It profoundly affects the brain and the body too. Often ‘the body remembers’ what the mind cannot, manifesting not just in long-term psychological difficulties but in physical ones too. Trauma is not something ‘all in the mind’, or something that we can just think or talk ourselves out of.

On this course I look at how there is no real split between ‘body’ and ‘mind’ – and certainly not when it comes to trauma.

Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing- online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing Online Training

Child sexual abuse represents the ultimate betrayal of trust. Working with survivors involves rebuilding that shattered trust and dismantling shame. One of the primary things that survivors need to know is that professionals ‘get it’ and that they can handle their trauma.

This course provides multiple ‘get it’ moments – profound insights into the experience and impacts of abuse which will help to build trust, rapport and empathy and will also equip you to hear with compassion the stories that survivors need to, but fear to, tell.

Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals- online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals Online Training

When faced with overwhelming trauma, dissociation can be the only logical thing our brains are able do to help us to survive.

Join me as I explore what happens in the brain during trauma, why dissociation is the brain’s best way of surviving when overwhelmed by life-threat, how dissociative disorders develop and how best to support trauma survivors rediscover a sense of safety with a dysregulated nervous system.

Webinars

Webinar #1: Working with Trauma in a time of trauma - online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Webinar 1: ‘Working with trauma in a time of trauma’

How can we help survivors of trauma recover from trauma even in a time of collective trauma? What are the dynamics of trauma that play out in all of our lives when faced with threat, and how can we manage our responses and those of our clients using the trauma traffic light model?

This is the focus of this webinar where I present a human, compassionate and empathic response to trauma recovery, with a blend of insights both from personal experience and from the clinical literature and neuroscience research.

Webinar #2: Working with Trauma that has become stuck - online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Webinar 2: ‘Working with trauma that has become stuck’

How do we help survivors of trauma get unstuck from the debilitating symptoms of trauma, which sometimes hold them in a vice-grip of powerlessness, hopelessness and despair? Why do stuckness and trauma seem to go hand-in-hand?

Join me as I look at the neurobiological underpinnings of stuckness and how we can help survivors of trauma be empowered to move safely beyond suffering.

Webinar 3: Working with trauma triggers and flashbacks - online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Webinar 3: ‘Working with trauma triggers and flashbacks’

Trauma symptoms are characterised by triggers and flashbacks – unresolved implicit memories which cause immense distress and suffering and rarely resolve spontaneously. So how can we deal with them? Why do they occur, and what purpose do they serve?

There is a life beyond trauma, and there is hope for living without flashbacks and triggers. Join me as I look at the nature and purpose of triggers and flashbacks, and what is needed to help them be resolved.

Webinar 4: Working with trauma memories - online trauma training by Carolyn Spring

Webinar 4: ‘Working with trauma memories’

Do we need to remember our trauma in order to recover from it? Do we have to talk about it, or is it best not to, to avoid being retraumatised? What about traumatic or dissociative amnesia? How do you heal if you can’t even properly remember what happened?

Join me as I look at how to process and metabolise traumatic memory safely and effectively, and how to resolve the ‘corruption of memory’ that being traumatised represents.

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