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Post-Traumatic Growth

How trauma can lead to psychological development

15 October 2016

Many people who come to psychotherapy have suffered a unique psychological trauma, often leaving them with a sense of being damaged, irreparably isolated and deeply anxious. The traumatised person both feels and is literally changed. This demands an adaptive response - one that is often exhausting to maintain - but it is in this reaction, it is suggested by our speakers, that a revised understanding of the self in the world can emerge, one that potentially includes meaningful psychological shifts and more empowering narrative and enriched life.

This event looks at post-traumatic growth as consistent with the belief that positive psychological change can emerge from adversity. Psychotherapy theories vary widely on whether this is the natural result of any successful therapy or whether we are talking about unusual capacities for depth and resilience that can extend the personality beyond its former dimensions. We will question how such an emotional, psychological or even spiritual development is most likely to occur, and therapeutic techniques will be considered.


Dr Fredrike Bannink
Dr Fredrike Bannink MDR is a clinical psychologist. After taking her Masters degree at the University of Amsterdam in 1980 she specialised in clinical psychology, child & youth psychology (specialist level) and as a supervisor/cognitive behavioural therapist. She is a post-graduate trainer in the fields of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Solution Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (SFCBT), Positive CBT, Positive Psychology (PP) and Positive Supervision, and has worked in different institutions in the mental health field from psychiatric hospitals to outpatient clinics. Fredrike is the author of 30+ books, recently Book series 101 Solution-Focused Questions for Help with: Volume1: Anxiety; Volume 2: Depression; Volume 3: Trauma. New York: Norton (2015) and 200 Positive Psychology Applications. Promoting well-being in individuals and communities. New York: Norton (2016). She is an international keynote speaker and trainer, a Mental Health Trainer for Doctors without Borders and a Master of Dispute Resolution (Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, 2006 cum laude). More >>

Laura Prins
Laura Prins MA is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner with particular interests in working with and researching trauma, family estrangement, and spiritual development. She has worked for the Samaritans, Camden, City, Islington & Westminster Bereavement Service (CCI&WBS), and Transport for London (TFL) in their Occupational Health Counselling Trauma Service. Aside from her private practice, she works as a trauma therapist for Noreen Tehrani Associates. Her paper 'The Value of Metaphor in Psychotherapy', was published in the British Psychological Society Psychotherapy Review in 2015. More >>

Ruthie Smith
Ruthie Smith is an Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, working for a number of years as a Principal Individual Psychotherapist in the NHS, and prior to that, at the Women's Therapy Centre. She teaches on a number of psychotherapy training programmes including at The Bowlby Centre, and also teaches A.I.T. More >>

Joanna Wise
Joanna Wise is a psychologist and Horticultural Therapist, currently engaged in research on a PHA-funded 2 year pilot project in Northern Ireland looking at the active therapeutic elements of an 8-week Horticultural Therapy programme for ‘hard-to-engage’ males, including (but not exclusively for) veterans. In her clinical work she specialises in trauma, and as part of her Counselling Psychology doctoral thesis, is currently on placement at the Traumatic Stress Clinic and the London Veterans’ Service, at St Pancras Hospital. Her book, Digging for Victory: Horticultural Therapy with Veterans for Post-Traumatic Growth was published by Karnac Books (2015). More >>


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Self-funded: £130
Self-funded (with the online module The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation): £250
Self-funded x 2: £190
Organisationally-funded: £220

CPD Hours

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

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
12:45 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End