Dissociation and The Trauma Complex

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Dissociation and The Trauma Complex

How trauma manifests and is worked through symbolically in the psyche.

A presentation by Lois Whiteman

Thursday, June 7, 2018 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

In this presentation, drawing on the work of CG Jung, Peter Levine and in particular the contributions of Donald Kalsched (1996), I will explore the process of psychological dissociation that may result from cumulative relational stress and traumatic circumstances. I will also present Kalsched’s model of the trauma complex, (the psyche’s protective response to traumatic material), which he calls, “The Self Care System”.

Using material from my therapeutic practice I will demonstrate how dissociation and “The Self Care System” are given symbolic form in the psyche through dreams, nightmares, and other imaginal processes. These symbolic forms bring powerful ongoing inner destructive aspects of trauma into consciousness which in turn provide the foundation for therapeutic exploration, containment and integration.

Lois Whiteman has been practising social work for over thirty years. In the last fifteen years in her private practice she has specialised in complex trauma therapy with adult clients who have experienced traumatic or dysfunctional family lives, major loss, depression and anxiety. Since 1997 Lois has also worked at The Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) providing psychotherapy and support to clients who have come to Australia as refugees and asylum seekers; clinical supervision to counselling staff, and training in areas of trauma recovery, dreamwork and sandtray therapy.

Her current position at QPASTT is Clinical Services Manager. She is also a qualified yoga teacher. For more information visit her website, www.loiswhitemanpsychotherapy.com.au