Narrative Therapy & Neurobiology in Responding to Trauma
February 14 & 15 2018, with Maggie Carey and Sarah Atkinson
Narrative Therapy offers practical skills that support workers when people’s lives have been impacted by trauma. Trauma can have the effect of establishing a sense of vulnerability, hopelessness and a feeling of being stuck in the past events and not able to ‘do’ life.
A Narrative approach can provide many hopeful possibilities in these circumstances. It picks up on the ways in which people, even young children, have responded to what has been difficult or traumatic and this can give entry points to develop stories of personal agency rather than victimhood.
Narrative ways of working have us looking to bring forward story lines that serve to make sense of the on-going painful experience of trauma or of difficult experiences.
In this workshop we will explore how some of the recent findings from the arena of neuroscience can support our practice. Many of these findings seem to have a direct correspondence with the practices of a narrative approach. A particular thread of this is the importance of embodied and affective experience, and how our neurobiology is organised to respond to threat and danger. This can help people who have experienced trauma to be able to make sense of both their actions at the time and subsequent on-going effects of what happened that continue to be difficult and often debilitating.