2019 has kicked off with our first Trauma Workshop of the year, in wonderful Dublin!

Our first visit to Ireland was a great success. With another full group, eager to learn and contribute, we quickly got to know each other and delivered the most up to date knowledge about trauma and PTSD.

The group consisted of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, such as therapists, Prison workers, nutritionists, trainee counsellors, and people helping those suffering with post-traumatic stress, as well as their own Secondary Traumatic Stress.

After the release of our latest book, Trauma Uncovered, we have been doing much to deepen our model of working with trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD, through our Trauma Movement Model™, and the workshop really began to bring the power of the model alive, with us spending time explaining the importance of the ‘Make Known’ and ‘Mourn’ stages, which have so often been left wanting in previous trauma models.

The Trauma Movement Model™

Trauma Movement Model

Barber and Westland, 2018

We took some time to delve into how helping somebody tell the story of their trauma in a variety of ways, is so important. Often, words can limit the true depth of experience that somebody is taken to in the experience of trauma. For many, trying to piece together often horrific and heart-breaking stories is just too much to bear.

There are however so many other ways to help a personal narrative be born, thus leading to the much needed ‘Mourn’ stage being entered into.

If you’d like to know more about the Trauma Movement Model™, then you can get your copy of Trauma Uncovered here.

We absolutely loved Ireland, Dublin was magical, and the people were a delight. We look forward very much to returning, to other parts of the beautiful Emerald Isle.

Next stop this weekend is Manchester, a familiar venue for the Trauma Workshop over the last couple of years. And then, later this year, we are looking forward to our latest new venue, Birmingham. Dates will be posted soon.

Best wishes,

Tom and Sandra.


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Tom Barber is a Founder and Director of Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies. He runs workshops and lectures across the world in a variety of psychological approaches. He is a bestselling author of 5 books and maintains a private practice in London and Essex.