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Trauma through the lens of neurobiology, attachment theory and the body

Lessons from clinical experience and cutting-edge science

A seminar led by Dr Graham Music

Saturday 23 February 2019 - Dublin

Using developmental research and longstanding clinical experience of working with trauma, this training will highlight how early experiences affect emotional expectations, and psychological patterns. We will see how a child's emotional strategies and sometimes life-saving adaptations can become defensive coping mechanisms. Resulting relational, attachment and body-based nervous system templates can become deeply ingrained, profoundly affecting life-trajectories.

Key topics covered will include the effects of trauma on brains, bodies and minds, for example why trust, empathy and compassion can develop in some, but in others more aggressive, risk-taking and self-interested tendencies emerge. The day will examine the difference between trauma and neglect, and also look at addictive states of mind and the power of technology. Throughout the day a close eye will be kept on the clinical implications for direct work with those who have suffered maltreatment and adverse experiences, and in particular the life-enhancing, indeed often life-saving, potential of health-giving relational experiences.


Dr Graham Music
Dr Graham Music (PhD) is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Natures: Attachment and Children's Emotional, Sociocultural and Brain Development (2016), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the New Science of Altruism, Selfishness and Immorality (2014). He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock's child and family department, he has managed a range of services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect, and organised many community based psychotherapy services. He currently works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic. He teaches, lectures and supervises on a range of trainings in Britain and abroad... More >>


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

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

Hilton Hotel
S Circular Rd

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