This week we got two frequently asked questions about our workshops - one from a trauma survivor, an
I am looking to come to a weekend resort training, but worry as I am healing myself from ritual abuse and other trauma. I am in therapy. As I would like to go into private practice (I am a licensed clinical social worker), and have good tools to help others, I''d love to learn some of these techniques. However, I would not want to take away from others. What do you advise?
This is a training session, with no therapy done here, as it says on the brochure. So the expectation is that you would be at a point of readiness in your healing that you could handle the information (eg, what is trauma, what are the symptoms, the biochemistry, the behavioral manifestations, etc etc; and how do we go about healing it, why is imagery and the new, alphabet therapies so good for this, etc etc.) along with smaples of the self-soothing, imagery practices, which are presented in a graduated manner.
The more advanced samples of guided imagery can be very powerful. But very few people actually get overwhelmed or flooded so much that they feel they must leave the room. The very few who do, always manage to come back, with perhaps one exception over the years. (We try to offer a very safe, cushioned environment for participants, and, of course, there is always a suggestion that if you are concerned about getting overwhelmed, to sit by the door and always feel it’s OK to leave the room whenever it feels necessary, and to come back in when it feels right.)
We certainly have had many surivivors of ritual abuse attend over the years, and they do as well as other survivors. So i think that for the most part, it''s a workshop that provides relief, not distress. But you and your therapist must be the judge of your individual readiness. And do keep in mind that there is no individual work done at these, and questions and comments are mostly kept to what is of general interest to the group as a whole.
I hope this helps you make up your mind.
All best wishes,
I attended the 2-day workshop on Breakthroughs in Healing Trauma in Bethesda, MD in November 2004, and am assuming that the ones you are currently posting in Phoenix and Durham, NC, etc., are similar to the Nov 2004 one. If not, please let me know as I will consider attending. In the meantime, I''d like to let you know that I continue to be interested in more in-depth training.
Tessa K, LPC
Thanks for your interest, Tessa. The workshops are always somewhat different each time, with some new research, case examples, and imagery practices, but these will essentially be similar to what you attended.
We continue to discuss with The ConferenceWorks when the best time and place would be for an in-depth, week-long imagery certificate training/supervision for practitioners might be, and I will forward to them your query, to ensure you are kept on a list of interested practitioners. Some time soon, they’ll be sending out an email asking previous attendees if they want to be informed of such a training, and you’ll probably get that too.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award