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Women’s Trauma Conference – Train With the Very Best Trauma Experts

Grow as a trauma therapist by learning direct from leading woman pioneers in trauma work, with PESI UK’s Women, Trauma and Mental Health Master Series Conference – taking place online 5-6 November 2020.


Trauma therapy with women is a tale of tremendous hurt and of concerted hope.

We know that women are more likely to be victims of recurrent assault and abuse from someone who’s close to them, such as their partner or a close family member. Following trauma, women are twice as likely to develop PTSD, tend to experience posttraumatic symptoms for longer, and to display more sensitivity to triggers.

But we also know that women, as a client group, are responsive to therapy, and have a good chance of finding long lasting recovery from trauma.

Trauma can trap women in feelings of anxiety, shame, anger and depression, and express itself in troubled sleep, disordered eating, difficulties with intimate relationships and suicidal feelings.

Yet trauma can also be a crucial point in a woman’s narrative of transformation – one that has the capacity to positively impact not just individuals, but sometimes also families, communities, even generations.

As therapists, we may feel inspired by this potential of trauma work to turn pain in to power.

We may also feel overwhelmed – in the face of our female clients’ distress, and the powerful transferential and countertransferential forces involved in trauma work – and wonder, “Am I doing all I can?”

Which is why, this November, PESI UK is bringing together some of the world’s foremost trauma experts – including Judith Herman, developer of the complex PTSD diagnosis; Pat Ogden, creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method; Janina Fisher, expert on shame and trauma; and Babette Rothschild, author of the bestselling The Body Remembers – to share their groundbreaking models, time-tested resources and unparalleled insights.

You’ll learn about advances in treating dissociation and ruptured internal attachments.

You’ll discover how the autonomic nervous system is impacted by trauma, and how the body can also be a valuable processing resource.

You’ll pick up resources for building resilience, embodied practices for promoting calm and connection, and self-care techniques for working with vicarious trauma. 

And you’ll benefit from the latest thinking about race and collective trauma, the role of justice in recovery, and the key ingredients in post-traumatic growth.

We’ll also be bringing you two panel discussions, and an inspiring opening address from Julia Samuel, psychotherapist and bestselling author of Grief Works and This Too Shall Pass.

See the full line-up below, and book your place on the Women, Trauma and Mental Health Master Series Conference for this rare chance to learn with some of the founding mothers of trauma therapy – and help the women in your clinic to heal. 

Day 1: Thursday, 5 November 2020

  • On Hope, Despair and Transformation: Powerful Stories of Women in Therapy
    12.00 — 12.45
    With Julia Samuel, MBE
  • Bodies and Boundaries: Attending to Women’s Somatic Narratives of Trauma
    12.45 — 13.45
    With Pat Ogden, PhD

  • Advances in Treating Trauma-related Dissociation
    14.00 — 15.15
    With Kathy Steele, MN, CS
  • Overcoming Self-alienation: Transformational Approaches to Repairing a Ruptured Internal Attachment
    15.30 — 16.45
    With Janina Fisher, PhD

  • The Place of Justice in Recovering from Complex Trauma: Justice from the survivor’s perspective
    17.00 — 18.15
    With Judith Herman, M.D.

  • Panel: Addressing Collective Trauma: Healing Individuals, Communities and Generations
    18.30 — 19.30
    With Judith Herman, M.D.; Eboni Webb, PsyD; Anne Aiyegbusi, PhD

Day 2: Friday, 6 November 2020

  • Integrating Expressive Arts into Trauma Treatment 
    12.00 — 13.15
    With Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
  • Lunch Break
    13.15 — 14.00
  • Embodied Practices for Treating Trauma and Finding Inner Calm
    14.00 — 15.15
    With Arielle Schwartz, PhD

  • Resilience: Transforming Any Adversity into Learning and Growth
    15.30 — 16.45
    With Linda Graham, MFT

  • The Body Remembers: The Interplay of Regulation, Self-care and Vicarious Trauma
    17.00 — 18.15
    With Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW

  • Panel: Post Traumatic Growth: Essential Skills for Recovery and Resilience
    18.30 — 19.30 
    With Babette Rothschild, MSW; Linda Graham, MFT; and Julia Samuel, MBE


Tracy Jarvis

Tracy Jarvis is the Director of PESI UK and is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist in private practice. She specialises in trauma, stress and neuroscience.

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