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Trauma and the Body: Dissociation and Somatisation 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.

“Carolyn is an inspiration in regards to her work on trauma recovery. This course ‘Trauma and the Body’ was educational and fascinating, and helpful for recognising possible trauma responses in my clients which I may otherwise have missed.”

“This course was absolutely incredible – so much of it applies to my own life and experiences as a survivor of trauma, and I feel much more prepared to move on from my past experiences especially within therapy. Thank you so much for putting this course together.”

“I found this course so useful and informative – especially the psychoeducational aspect. I have come away feeling a lot more confident and knowledgeable on the topic of trauma and the body. This is my first Carolyn Spring online course and it definitely will not be my last.”

“This is the second course I have purchased from Carolyn Spring and it will not be the last. I love everything about the courses: they are informative, engaging and strangely soothing which I put down to Carolyn’s voice and pace of language. The resources are downloadable to keep and reflect back on which I have done many times. I am a counsellor in further/higher education and work with trauma on a daily basis. What I have taken away from Carolyn’s courses has been so valuable to my practice and the students I work with. I cannot thank you enough.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Although it is set up in bite-sized sections to allow the training to be done in our own time, which is helpful, I found how the topic was presented so interesting that I just wanted to watch one section after the next. Invaluable training for me to gain deeper and deeper understanding of my clients especially from a physiological and neurological perspective.”

“I found the training very interesting with lots of stimulating points for further exploration. Also a very good introduction to the connection between mind and body and the existing research on it. The videos are the perfect length and delivery of the training is clear and stimulating.”

“I thought that this was an excellent course. It is not easy to deliver online training that is so engaging and informative. The breakdown of the overall topic into individual lessons was particularly helpful and allowed me to work at my own pace, manage time dedicated to the training and process the information. Easy to use and navigate. Clarity of information and pace of delivery were conducive to learning. Excellent value for money.”

“Another really good course; I find Carolyn’s ability to express brain science in a way that is clear and easy to understand very helpful.  The course was great value for money and very easy to complete/use.”

“The course was in one word – amazing. I found the pace and delivery method just perfect.”

“Brilliant, this has brought together all of the gaps in my knowledge around trauma, the value for the content was incredible and I feel I’m walking away with a whole new toolbox!”

  • Available instantly upon purchase
  • 6 hours of CPD with certificate upon completion
  • Downloadable resources and additional reading for a comprehensive learning experience
  • Videos available to stream or also downloadable for offline viewing
  • Lifetime access
  • Start/stop and return as often as you like
  • Easy to use: only needs a web browser
  • Individual licence only: for multiple users and information about discounts for organisations, please click here.

Trauma is a supremely physical phenomenon, affecting every single cell in our body. In fact, trauma is based far more in our body and ‘back brain’ than it is in thinking, human ‘front brain’. In this course I explain what happens in the body at the moment of trauma and how our reactions are determined by survival instincts based in millions of years of evolution. I explain my ‘trauma traffic light’, based on polyvagal theory, and what it looks like in practice – and why the ‘freeze’ response (the red zone) leads to learned helplessness … and what the words ‘Faa’ and ‘Baa’ have to do with this.

In this course, find out:

  • How and why the mind and body were split up by ‘science’ in the first place
  • How the body is often both the medium through which the original trauma was enacted, and also the source of ongoing suffering and self-hatred
  • Why trauma leads to increased risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes
  • Why so many people with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome (aka ME) and fibromyalgia have a history of trauma or persistent stress
  • The difference between implicit and explicit memory and the reason for ‘body memories’
  • Why chronic pain is so common after trauma
  • What somatisation is and why the ‘cure’ for it is in relationships
  • And much more.

Join me on this fascinating course and explore the mindbody connection at the root of trauma symptoms – all explained in a simple but not simplistic way that is relevant to everyone.

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