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Trauma, Oppression & the Body: Video Course


Speaker: Miriam Taylor

Product: Video Course
Price: £135

CPD Hours: 5

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Over the years, a considerable body of evidence has been built around differing understandings of how human beings respond to and are affected by trauma – and increasingly, the social contexts of relational trauma have been examined to comprehend the underlying factors of this persistent source of suffering. However, despite such extensive research, very few trauma specialists have made explicit conceptual associations between trauma and oppression. Moreover – the fact that trauma and oppression invariably involve a power equation is not front and centre in our therapeutic approaches to Trauma.

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At this intellectually stimulating and practical seminar, Miriam Taylor not only focusses on the power imbalance inherent in trauma and oppression but also illustrates how this gets mediated inevitably through the body. While on one hand this lends a certain physicality to trauma (that can exist even when no overt bodily assault occurs); it also frames both trauma and oppression in somatic terms – enabling us to comprehend trauma response in a deeper manner and providing us with a set of therapeutic tools which are centred around the somatic elements of trauma.

The workshop uses theoretical constructs as well as experiential exercises to discuss and explain:

  • Perceptions of power, oppression and agency: the notion of power as a primary organiser of our experiential worlds and the relevance this has for trauma therapy
  • Trauma organised systems, specifically looking at the impact of exposure to trauma over a period of time
  • The concepts of Minority Stress and Implicit Bias: how proximal and distal stressors can adversely impact mental health
  • The phenomenological experience of oppression – how ‘the body’ mediates trauma and oppression
  • Different kinds of power, recreation of power dynamics in our clinical settings, the power of language and what does empowerment really mean
  • External and internal representations of top-dog and under-dog patterns of relating: making sense of creative adaptations to trauma; resolving dichotomies
  • How the personifications of victim, rescuer and persecutor can help us comprehend conflicted and / or drama-intense relationship transactions
  • Clinical implications: transference and co-transference issues; the role of compassion and regulation

Overall, the workshop draws on theories of human interaction (the Karpman drama triangle for example) and Integrationist approaches to get underneath the dynamics of power and oppression, in order to better understand our clients’ experience and intervene with increased sensitivity. The discussions at this workshop are framed in the context of psychotherapeutic practice, with specific focus on understanding how the somatic imprint of oppression may be connected to our evolving understanding of the body’s role in mediating trauma.

About the speaker

Miriam Taylor is a British Gestalt psychotherapist (UKCP registered), supervisor and trainer who has been in private practice since 1995. Her background was in adult education before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist. She was clinical lead of a young peoples’ service and for several years worked in a specialist trauma service. Miriam’s particular interest is in the integration of trauma and the role of the body from a wide relational field perspective. She supports her work in part through her deep connection to the natural world and has undertaken a Wilderness Experience in the USA. She teaches in the UK and internationally, has been a trainer, Academic Consultant and examiner for Metanoia Institute, London, and is on the Leadership Team of Relational Change. Publications include her book  ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’ 2014, and several peer reviewed and invited articles. Her second book ‘Deepening Trauma Practice’ is due in mid-2021.


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