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Hands off – it’s my Body!

Hands off – it’s my Body!

In a rapidly changing social landscape – a number of our clients, are increasingly facing disrupted self-body relations – with the near ubiquitous presence of ‘touched -up’ social media images, ‘impossible’ health, beauty and attractiveness goals, social media promoted shamification engines, glorification of God / Goddess like bodily perfection (covering the whole gamut from ideal eyebrow shapes to the correct waist to hip ratios), it’s little wonder that our clients can feel alienated with their own bodies; struggling with self esteem, resilience negative emotions and other extreme manifestations.

So much so, that increasingly clients need therapeutic guidance to feel embodied and often exhibit social and relationship affect that stems from their bodies being othered. As psychotherapist and counsellors, how do we help our clients who seem to have relinquished control on their bodily selves – often living with overarching feelings of FOMO, inadequacy, ‘being judged’ and just not being good enough?

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6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, London UK

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, New York, USA

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Course Credits

CPD: 3 / CE: N/A

Speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson

Course length in hours

3 hrs of video content

Location

Online streaming only

Full course information

Is your body really yours or has it been hijacked by other interested parties who wish to control or objectify your body to attain an idealised standard of beauty and youth, or for their own commercial interest? Bodies, especially the female body, have been utilised and objectified for economic, political and sexual purposes over the centuries, to the extent that the question ‘to what extent we own our own bodies?’ – has perhaps never been more relevant. Increasingly bodies are appropriated by those who seek to control our bodies by imposing an idealised view of beauty, health, youth and sexual desirability leading to subjected, or docile bodies (Foucault, 1977) which are malleable and thus easier to control and regulate.  The use of social media exacerbates this through constant comparison, leading to body dissatisfaction and body shame when failing to compare favourably. This is further exploited by manufacturers, the fashion and cosmetic industry, as well as health, diet, fitness and the body modification industry.

This webinar will look at myriad ways in which we are encouraged to transform our bodies to adhere to a single idealised version of beauty and attractiveness ranging from the curation of social media profiles, dating apps, dieting and eating disorders, body modification through cosmetic surgery, skin whitening, and how body shame is utilised to objectify the body to market and sell products, and enhance sexual desirability.

It will also examine how body shame can lead to disavowal of the body, and how early childhood trauma, dissociation and fear of embodiment promotes the deletion of the body and concomitant alexisomia. Emphasis will be placed on how we can help clients to reclaim ownership of their bodies, to become more embodied, build somatic self-esteem and resilience to body shame and the objectification of their bodies. The focus will be on the range of somatic interventions that practitioners can use to enhance somatic literacy and enable clients to reclaim their bodies as their own.

Specifically, we consider:

  • Identify the ways in which the body is utilised and objectified leading to docile bodies
  • Make the link between the appropriation of the body by others and eating disorders such as anorexia and orthorexia, body modification, and cosmetic surgery
  • Recognise the impact that pornography and the sex industry have on controlling the body
  • Understand factors such as shame, early childhood trauma and social comparison that lead to disavowal of the body and alexisomia
  • Identify the range of somatic interventions that can help clients to reclaim ownership of their bodies including somatic literacy
  • Identify how clients and practitioners can become more embodied and maintain contact with the somatic self, befriend their body and increase somatic self-esteem.

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What you’ll learn

This webinar will look at myriad ways in which we are encouraged to transform our bodies to adhere to a single idealised version of beauty and attractiveness ranging from the curation of social media profiles, dating apps, dieting and eating disorders, body modification through cosmetic surgery, skin whitening, and how body shame is utilised to objectify the body to market and sell products, and enhance sexual desirability.

It will also examine how body shame can lead to disavowal of the body, and how early childhood trauma, dissociation and fear of embodiment promotes the deletion of the body and concomitant alexisomia. Emphasis will be placed on how we can help clients to reclaim ownership of their bodies, to become more embodied, build somatic self-esteem and resilience to body shame and the objectification of their bodies. The focus will be on the range of somatic interventions that practitioners can use to enhance somatic literacy and enable clients to reclaim their bodies as their own.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss the link between the appropriation of the body by others and eating disorders such as anorexia and orthorexia, body modification, and cosmetic surgery
  • Identify the range of somatic interventions that can help clients to reclaim ownership of their bodies including somatic literacy
  • Discuss the impact that pornography and the sex industry have on controlling the body and discuss the factors such as shame, early childhood trauma and social comparison that lead to disavowal of the body and alexisomia

You'll also be able to...

Develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels in clients and for safer trauma therapy

Identify and acquire recovery options and strategies for trauma clients inappropriate for trauma memory processing, particularly for those who don’t want to and those who decompensate or dysregulate from memory work

Also develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels for professional self-care

About the speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with 35years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield.

She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee. Her next book, The Taboo of Sibling Sexual Abuse: Working with Adult Survivors is out soon with nscience publishing house.

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