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A Body-Based, Trauma-Centered Approach to Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

With speakers Dr Doris Brothers and Dr Jon Sletvold

Saturday 13 October 2018 - Dublin

Our one-day workshop builds on Doris Brothers' relational-systems understanding of trauma and Jon Sletvold's work on embodiment in the therapeutic setting. We will look at how the bodily presence of therapist and patient continuously affect each other. Furthermore we will address an aspect of trauma that has been often overlooked; the effects of trauma on the body. The ways in which trauma is embodied in the patient's and the therapist's ways of being and emotional expression will be discussed and demonstrated.

Demonstrations intended to illustrate the embodiment of trauma will be conducted with participants. These include the following:
  • How embodiment is registered in the earliest moments of a therapeutic encounter. By inviting participants to stage the meeting of therapist and patient we will demonstrate the proufound impact of the first - often nonverbal - minutes of an encounter.
  • How the creation of binaries in the aftermath of trauma, particularly sameness and difference, affects the therapeutic relationship. Participants are asked to form pairs. As one talks about a traumatized patient, the listener is asked to notice if he or she wants to mirror the body position or gesture of the other or if he or she feels reluctant to do so. They are asked to share experiences with one another and then with the group.
  • How trauma affects physical closeness and distance in the therapeutic relationship. Participants will be asked to form two lines facing one another. People in one line will be asked to imitate a traumatized patient. He or she will try to find the right distance between himself or herself and the person opposite. Then people in the other line will be asked to do the same. Discussions will follow.
  • Embodied supervision. Participants will be invited to present cases for embodied supervision. In these supervisions the supervisee will be guided in exploring his/her unconscious embodied memories of their interaction with the patient.

Dr Doris Brothers
Doris Brothers, is a co-founder of the Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology Foundation (TRISP). She is co-editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IJPSP) and chief editor of eForum, the online newsletter of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP). She serves on the executive and advisory boards of IAPSP. She has published numerous papers and three books: Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis (2008), Falling Backwards: An Exploration of Trust and Self-Experience (1995), and, with Richard Ulman, The Shattered Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Trauma (1988). She has presented her work throughout the United States and in many other countries. She is in private practice in Manhattan, New York, USA.

Dr Jon Sletvold
Jon Sletvold is a licensed specialist in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He was founding Board Director and is currently Faculty, Training and Supervising Analyst at the Norwegian Character Analytic Institute. He is former chair of the Psychotherapy Speciality Board of the Norwegian Psychological Association. He is editor of three books (in Norwegian) and the author of the recently published book: The Embodied Analyst - From Freud and Reich to Relationality, which has won the Gradiva Award for the Best Book 2015.

Recommended reading:

Brothers, D. (2008). Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis. New York: Analytic Press.

Brothers, D. (2014) Traumatic Attachments: Intergenerational Trauma, Dissociation and the Analytic Relationship International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. 9:1, 3-15.

Sletvold, J. (2014). The Embodied Analyst - From Freud and Reich to relationality. London and New York: Routledge Taylor & Frances Group. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22: 410-429.

Sletvold, J. (2016). The analyst's body: A relational perspective from the body. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 13: 186-200.


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £75
Self-funded: £50 (PSI, IACP, IAHIP and ICP members)
Self-funded x 2: £130
Self-funded x 2: £90 (PSI, IACP, IAHIP and ICP members)
Organisationally-funded: £150
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Hilton Dublin Kilmainham
South Circular Road

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End