Attachment and Compassion: Working with Deactivated, Dampened Down (Hypoaroused) States

This is a one day workshop on the 23rd September 2019 in DERBY

Conference Details

Presented By: Graham Music

Date/Time: 23rd September 2019 at 9:00am until 23rd September 2019 at 5:00pm

Venue: Holiday Inn Riverlights, Morledge, Derby, DE1 2AY

Location: Derby

Ticket Information
Early Bird Rate

Limited number of tickets available.

Standard Rate
Student Rate

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Event Description

In this second workshop we will look closely at the complex challenges of working with more shut-down states. We will prioritise understanding the kinds of clients that can appear quiet, cut-off, dampened down, and sometimes hard to remain interested in. These might be highly neglected clients, whose developmental potential was never triggered, or more dissociative 'deadened' ones who have retreated after trauma.  We will again look at the early roots of such experiences and ways of being, using neurobiology, psychodynamic and CFT-informed approaches. alongside and awareness of autonomic states. We will examine the clinical challenges of working with such states of mind and body. Alongside teaching using slides and video-clips, there will be ample space for discussion as well as live supervision with role play for willing participants.

Holiday Inn Riverlights, Morledge, Derby, DE1 2AY, Derby

Additional Information

This is the second in a series of 3 workshops, can be attended individually or as a set. Each will explore a central aspect of working with the aftermath of trauma. Each workshop will unpick links between attachment theory, neurobiology, body states and therapeutic work, using a psychodynamic, somatic and compassionate focused stance. The workshops will look at the clinical challenges of finding and maintaining a compassionate stance in relation to disrupted attachments. All 3 workshops will have trauma as a central thread and will feature research findings,  from attachment theory, neurobiology and their clinical implications, looking  particularly how early experiences give rise to specific attachment styles and, models of relating, and how these can manifest in clinical work. All 3 workshops will be taught using video clips and slides, but there will be space made for some experiential work, specifically in relation to understanding and working with body states, our own and our clients'. A thread running through all 3 workshops will be the an awareness of the practitioner's embodied countertransfrence to their clients


The main themes will be:

Deactivated shut-down states
Trauma, Guilt, Shame and the Body

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Terms and Conditions: 

Please contact us as soon as possible on for any cancellations. Refunds, less a 20% administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received in writing up to six weeks before the event.  Any cancellations received after this time will not be eligible for a refund.  We regret, refunds for failure to attend cannot be made but you can transfer your event fee to a future event within 12 months.

Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation. Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed.  We will try and inform of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email.  We cannot be held responsible for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation.

We will confirm the final details of the event, 7-10 days before the start date.

Lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish. However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will try to accommodate your request.