Adapting to Trauma: Going Beyond a Trauma Informed Approach - Miriam Taylor





13 October 2022 Live & On Demand


UK: 11:30 – 18:30
North America: 6:30 – 13:30 EDT / 3:30 – 10:30 PDT

CPD & CE credits available: 6

TRAINING information

This online training is streaming live on the 13th October 2022.

The digital recording will be released to all participants on the 15th October. The recording and associated resources will then be accessible through your Essential Therapy Training account for 365 days.


While pockets of good training, practice and support certainly do exist, in general as a profession we tend to be confused and have limited understanding of trauma-sensitive therapy and treatment planning. Few therapists are trained to work confidently with trauma or understand how to orient themselves towards the traumatised individuals who come through their door. It is not uncommon for therapy to seem to make little progress or to end prematurely, and at worst it can become inadvertently retraumatising. Fortunately this is a situation we can do something to prevent.

The neuroscience on which contemporary trauma practice rests points to working with the body, and this is another gap in many core trainings. This informative and practical workshop will therefore offer a mix of theory, technique and process to shed light on what is going on. Of particular importance is understanding how to reframe the ways in which a person may have learnt to survive. By keeping the needs of the individual at the heart the work, a more nuanced approach can be developed.

Some basic principles of neuroscience will provide a framework for the day, and ways of applying this knowledge will be suggested. The use of clinical examples, reflective and experiential exercises  will help to bring the material to life. We will reconsider the meaning of impasse, resistance, and of risky or self-injurious behaviours. Taking a phenomenological approach will lead towards a fresh application of mindfulness techniques appropriate to traumatised people.

The implications of trauma-sensitive work for the therapist will be explored, on both personal and professional levels. The importance of working safely within our capacity highlights how the dynamics of trauma may be recreated within the therapeutic relationship, and can be seen as one possible way of understanding some of the challenges we encounter along the way.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants can expect to:

    • Explain the role of stabilisation and phases of the work
    • Apply one or more body-based models
    • Define trauma through the lens of fear and safety
    • Track changes in arousal
    • Refocus attention from narrative to process
    • List some resources that they can use to support themselves


Outline of the day (provisional)

  1. The limitations of a ‘trauma-informed’ approach
  2. Putting something new on the table – contemporary trauma practice in context
  3. Reframing trauma: ‘What happened to you?’
  4. A window into the experience of trauma: some principles of neuroscience and their application
  5. Four phenomena of trauma: fear, dissociation, helplessness and shame
  6. Working with the body – the importance of regulation
  7. Slowing down and tracking: a phenomenological approach, and its relationship to mindfulness
  8. Dropping the story and building resources
  9. The therapy journey and process of change
  10. Understanding and overcoming some of the challenges of trauma therapy
  11. Managing intensity, horror and boundaries
  12. The role of the therapist: self-regulation, capacity, resources, relationship

About the Speaker

Miriam Taylor is a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and international trainer who has been in private practice since 1995. Her background was in adult education before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Working as clinical lead of a young peoples’ service pointed her towards specialising in trauma, and for several years she worked in a specialist trauma service. With an ecological perspective on relationship, Miriam’s particular interest is in the relational integration of trauma and the role of the body. She teaches in the UK and internationally, and is on the Leadership Team of Relational Change. Publications include ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice’ (2014) and several peer reviewed and invited articles. Her second book ‘Deepening Trauma Practice: A Gestalt Approach to Ecology and Ethics’ was published in summer 2021.


CPD & CE credits available: 6

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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Adapting to Trauma: Going Beyond a Trauma Informed Approach - Miriam Taylor

13 October 2022 Live & On Demand

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