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Workshop on

T – To get R – Rid of A – All U – Unwanted M – Memories of A – Affliction 27th to 30th July 2011

ManTra Psychological Services

Welcome Message Dear Colleague, I am honored to invite you to attend our workshop on “Healing The Trauma�. Trauma can be handicapping for the person who has gone through it. Most often people remain confined in the depressive and self-demeaning states of post-trauma, which doesn't allow them to achieve what they can or to realize their actual potential quality of life. This workshop is initiated with utmost concern to inculcate the understanding of psychological trauma and learning of basic process of dealing with it so as to help clients to come out of those pessimistic states. The workshop is close to my heart because of my own personal experiences of living with trauma in country’s most armed conflicted zone for more than 24 years. Since learning is a life-long process, therefore, the format of the workshop is such that all the participants will be provided opportunity to continue weekly supervision of their cases after the workshop so as to continue maintaining the quality of therapeutic work with your clients. This will also be great opportunity for all the professionals in the workshop who are in practice to create a peer supervision group. Participants will learn not only through lecture method, but also through practical therapy sessions, focused group discussions, role plays, audio-visual sessions and analysis of movies and documentaries depicting trauma work.

Muzammil Karim

Introduction Defining trauma is very difficult as most people have their own subjective way of experiencing and dealing with it. “What is traumatic for one person may not be for another person�. But what makes an event traumatic? Two characteristics can be explained: First is the nature of the event itself – usually it involves actual or feared death or serious physical or emotional injury. Second, what the event means to the victim. An event can be traumatic if they contradict one's understanding of how things are supposed to be. Such events disrupt one's sense of self and others. It shatters the illusions about how safe the world really is and how much control one has on his/her life. Trauma, if caused by another person, it can severely undermine a basic sense of trust in others. Response to any traumatic event varies from person to person. Every person has unique ways of understanding traumatic events, making meaning of these events in relation to themselves, accessing familial and other forms of support, coping with the psychological and physiological stress associated with these events, and integration of these events into one's larger sense of self. It is for this complex nature of experience of trauma that the work of psychologists, psychotherapist and counselors becomes essential and challenging. As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist my aim is to help people rebuild their lives after trauma, whether the experience occurred long ago or more recently. I have seen in my practice and outside my practice too that for many people psychological intervention help them a great deal in finding comfort, learning to take care of themselves, understanding the impact of what happened to them, getting support from others and reclaiming happiness.

Workshop Description The workshop consists of approximately 40 hours spread over 5 days. The workshop will be conducted using not only the traditional lecture method but majorly will include practical therapy sessions, focused group, role plays, audio-visual sessions and analysis of movies and documentaries depicting trauma work to help participants acquire adequate skills. The focus of the workshop is to help understand the basic process in therapeutic work with people suffering from psychological trauma. Having lived for more than 24 long years in armed conflicted area, and having witnessed, experienced extreme trauma myself, and my struggle to deal with trauma helped me in helping many trauma victims.

Workshop Objectives The objectives of the workshop is to help participants understand the basic techniques of therapeutic work with psychological trauma and to equip them with the skills necessary for helping such population. The specific focus is as under: 端 Understanding the theoretical basis of Psychological Trauma. 端 Understanding different forms of trauma and their impact. 端 Learning various processes of therapeutic work and different therapeutic techniques to help people having gone through trauma in any form.

Who should attend this workshop? The workshop is open to all those who are interested in understanding psychological trauma and the process of healing it. The workshop will be more beneficial to: 1) Students who are in the field of psychology and want to pursue clinical psychology as their primary subject and want to get familiar to and learn working with population having gone through any form of trauma. 2) Students who are already in the field of clinical psychology and want to enhance their therapeutic skills and knowledge base for effective therapeutic work. 3) Professionals who are in clinical practice and often see clients who have gone through trauma and are not able to come out of their impact without any proper therapeutic intervention. 4) Professionals and students who want to gain deeper understanding of the therapeutic process involved while working with such population. 5) Counselors who are working with various governmental and non-governmental organizations dedicated to helping people who have gone through any form of trauma. Registration Prerequisite The workshop is designed for mental health professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counselors, psychiatric social workers, counseling and psychology students and lecturers, or any other person with relevant experience in dealing with mental health and working with trauma victims. Timing: The workshop will start from 27th July, 2011 to 30th July, 2011. The time schedule is as follows: Day 1: Wednesday 09: 30 am to 5: 30 pm Day 2: Thursday 09: 30 am to 5: 30 pm Day 3: Friday 09: 30 am to 5: 30 pm Day 4: Saturday 09: 30 am to 4: 00 pm Day 5: Friday (Peer supervision meet after two weeks of the workshop)

Content of the workshop Understanding Humans in Psychological Trauma: y What is Psychological Trauma? y Relating Self to Trauma y Origins of Psychological Trauma in a) Self b) World c) Nature d) Society e) Relationships f) Politics Nature of Trauma How do we understand? ü Child abuse and trauma? ü Physical abuse and trauma? ü Emotional abuse and trauma? ü Sexual abuse and trauma? ü Domestic violence and trauma? ü Accidents and trauma? ü Migration and trauma? ü War and trauma? ü Terrorism and trauma? ü Financial loss and trauma? ü Death and trauma? Effect of Trauma y “I can't forget it”. Why does trauma stay – Relationship between Trauma and Memory? y “I am not feeling well”. What happens in body–Interaction between Trauma and Body reactions? y “I am so sad”. What happens with emotions – Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation? y “Who am I?” What happens with self – Trauma and Disintegrated Self? y “I don't want to see you.” What happens to Interpersonal Relationships – Trauma and Disturbed Relationships? y “I can't do anything.” What happens to Self Esteem – Trauma and Shattered Self Esteem?

Healing the Trauma y Love can heal – “therapeutic alliance” and healing trauma One of the most important things that helps trauma to heal is the power of intimate relationships and the strength of the attachment. Building healthy relationship with people who have gone through trauma can be a challenge. In this approach we will learn the various aspects of building relationship and establishing therapeutic alliance. y Telling the story – Healing trauma through “Narrative Therapy” Each person having gone through any trauma has his/her own story to tell. Narrative therapy essentially is a “meaning making” process which goes parallel with the process of deconstruction and both the goals are achieved through questioning and collaborative approach to the person's life. In this section, we will learn the process of creating alternate stories in relationship to the subjective understanding of the person in trauma. y Re-telling the story – “Constructivist therapy” and healing trauma In constructive approach, objective reality is conceived as constant construction of reality which is always in process of evolving. Our job as therapist is to guide this process in a proper direction so that perception of traumatic events doesn't become the internal reality of hurt, guilt and pain. This section will teach participants the basic process of achieving that direction. y Painting your story – Healing trauma through art: “Art Therapy” Proper expression of one's story relieves the pain of the trauma. Moreover, putting it in colors gives it more significance in terms of making the process of colorful expression therapeutic in nature. Art therapy is aimed at letting out the traumatic pain in forms and shapes on the paper. Understanding how it is done and how the process can be utilized effectively is essential to working with trauma. This section is dedicated to the same goal. y Grieving your loss – “Grief Therapy” and healing trauma Most often, trauma brings about the heightened awareness of loss. Living with such awareness can be very debilitating. Feelings, evoked because of loss, if not properly grieved haunt the person for life. To deal with these ghosts of past, the process of grieving has to happen. In this section, the focus will be to learn how to help people who are in grief, let the process of grief flow properly.

y Coming out of shell – “Exposure Therapy” and healing trauma Trauma has the power to stay in the mind for years which eventually result in avoidance of all those places, people or situations which remind him/her of the past trauma. To heal such behavior, exposure is the key. This section is dedicated to help all of you to learn and be careful of all the aspects involved in exposure of the person to the material of trauma. y Guiding your emotions – “Emotion-Focused therapy” and healing trauma Trauma leaves lots of psychological injuries, hurt, guilt and other negative emotions which block the way to happiness. Emotion Focused therapy deal with such emotions and helps the person to translate them into more acceptable and adaptive emotions. You will learn the main aspects of this therapy and what is its major focus while dealing with such emotions. y Playing out the pain – “Music Therapy” and healing trauma Music has capacity to change emotions. Most often when emotions related with trauma are not accessible, music can be a key. Not all kinds of music are therapeutic. In this section, you will get to know what kind of music helps a therapist to work with trauma clients and how it helps them. y Acting out your pain – “Psychodrama” and healing trauma Pains related with trauma can get suppressed or remains repressed while the person is facing problems in his/her life. Access to such parts can be majorly catalyzed by using psychodramatic methods and various role plays. Here we will learn how such techniques are prepared and used for therapeutic purposes. y Hoping against hope – “Positive Therapy” and healing trauma Most often, people who go through trauma lose the ability to be aware of their strengths and resilience. Instead their awareness is heightened for all the weaknesses they perceive of themselves. Positive therapy focuses and emphasizes the awareness of one's strengths so as to build up their resilience. The therapist has to be perceptive enough to recognize the strengths and intensify them to help the person out of their perceived weakness and dependency.

Facilitators Portfolio Muzammil Karim has done his training (M.Phil) in clinical psychology from NIMHANS, Bangalore and has worked in VIMHANS, New Delhi for some time before starting his private initiative ManTra Psychological Services in GK-II, dedicated to clinical as well as nonclinical work of management and training corporates. His area of interest is working with both clinical and non-clinical population. In clinical area, his interests include psychotherapy (understanding process issues in different schools of therapy), especially with people suffering from personality disorders (assessment, intervention and long-term rehabilitation), people having experienced trauma, child abuse (sexual or others). He also works with people having sexual disorders or issues related with sexuality. In non-clinical area, he is actively involved in teaching, workshops and has been associated with different forums of psychology, philosophy and management. Training Venue 133, Narmada Apartments, Oppostite Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, Greater Kailash – II Registration Fee Rs. 4500/- per participant if registered before 25th July, 2011 Rs. 6000/- On spot registration. These charges will include the reading material, handouts and other material required during the workshop along with lunch and refreshments.

For further queries Contact Muzammil Karim at 9582378520 (8:30 pm onwards on working days) or mail at Or John Victor at 9717114477 (8:30 pm onwards on working days) or mail at

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Workshop on “Healing The Trauma”. Trauma can be handicapping for the person who has gone through it. This workshop is initiated with utmost...