Well it's been a big year and I'm now working across three practices to happily mold around my move to the Gold Coast. It's great to be back to what I do best - counselling psychology - after a 6 month job working for a occupational rehab company. It also means I can restart my desire to expand all I know and do in Child and Adolescent trauma.
This time last year I was incredibly inspired by a training I completed with Dr Robbie Adler-Tapia (see below). Robbie is an expert on treating trauma in children, particularly with EMDR. I have had a great deal of success in reducing symptoms of trauma (anxiety, acting out, poor sleep etc) with EMDR, relaxation and self soothing strategies.
Now it's time to branch out and add to my repertoire of therapies and absorb some cutting edge thinking. So you can imagine how excited I am about attending the Childhood Trauma Conference in Melbourne next week. I have signed up for Pat Ogden's Masterclass: Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found: The Role of Posture and Action in Predicting the Future.
This will be extremely interesting for me since I believe the body is not only important in storage of trauma and pain, but also holds keys to healing and releasing it. Kids developmental stage determines their cognitive (thought) levels so the body's language is vital.
My own experience of mime and yoga has given me lots of information about the potential of body work to closely and beautifully support any conventional psychological approaches when helping kids, so I await this masterclass with much anticipation.
I'm also looking forward to the other presentations I've enrolled into:
Connection before Correction: Supporting Foster and Adoptive Families to Manage
Challenging Behaviour Whilst Allowing Healing From Developmental Trauma (Kim Golding) and
Pretend You Feeded Me: A Developmental Rewind (Ed Tronick & Marilyn Davilier)
Plus I get to have a few days in one of my favourite cities - Melbourne!