The Traumatic Memory Undergoing Change
Symposium for Trauma and Body Oriented Psychotherapy
June 16/17, 2017 in Leipzig
PPsychotraumatology, psychoanalysis, Body Psychotherapy, Neurophysiological Research, Affect Research, Attachment Research, Up to date Systemic Psychotherapy for Adults, Children and Adolescents
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Organizers:

Trauma-Institut-Leipzig
Trauma-Institute-Leipzig at the Academy for Integrative Psychotherapy

Advanced training curricular for Trauma Counselor and Traumatherapist

Akademie für Ganzheitliche Psychotherapie
Academy for Integrative Psychotherapy
(non-profit organization) Training in trauma and body oriented integrative psychotherapy


Program

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Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, 2017

We, as organizers, hope to offer a seminal environment for learning and discussion by gathering professionals from a wide range of expertise. We hope this variety will pique your curiosity as a participant as well as your interest to integrate new approaches into your practice as a colleague.

Time

Friday, June 16, 2017 – 1st Day

12:00
am

Opening of the conference office

1:00
pm

Opening with DP Irina Vogt

1:05
pm

Prof. Dr. Stephen W. Porges (USA)Dr. rer. nat., DP Ralf Vogt (Leipzig)

 

Research concept for memory level changes in trauma patients (part 1)

 

At the outset, new findings from the SPIM-30 model will be outlined theoretically in terms of neurobiological links to the Polyvagal theory by Porges, as well as our own classification of trauma types, perpetrator attachment structures and the gradual memory reconstruction work. Then, the practical implications of these findings will be discussed. Bridges to contributions from American colleagues (Kluft, Putnam) and Dutch trauma specialists (Van der Hart, Nijenhuis, Steele) will be pointed out, and integrative connections will be established. The aim here is to make the 7-stage model of the SPIM-30 theory more transparent for other colleagues by comparing some of the SPIM-30 key terms and concepts with the terminology used in other renowned theories.
To conclude with, case studies from a small practice study will be presented, including an analysis of the changes in trauma memory contents, based on individual cases and small diagnostic groups. Regular or frequently found empirical results of the processes of change will be described hypothetically. Here, a dynamic understanding of trauma material that is accessible or protected out of necessity material will be a central focus, which might give practical input to and cross-fertilize future memory research at university level.

 

Vita:Dr. Vogt is a psychotraumatologist and psychoanalyst working in private practice. He is also an analytical body psychotherapist, family therapist and clinician for imaginative psychotherapy (guided imagery). He has been working with complexly traumatized clients for about 20 years. Since 2000, he and his wife have been working together on the development of their own treatment program for dissociative disorders, SPIM 30. Together, they founded the Trauma Institute Leipzig as a training and research center in 2002. Dr. Vogt is a Past Board Member of the International Board of the ISSTD. In 2011, he received the Fellow Award for outstanding achievements in the field. He is the author of numerous books on the subject.

1:30
pm

Short break

1:35
pm

Prim. Prof. Dr. Dr. DP Andreas RemmelDipl. Kunsttherapeutin Sabine Hampf (Leipzig)

 

Retrieving the missing pieces: elements of art therapy in trauma therapy

 

This case study will outline how internally dissociated memories can be retrieved by utilising the holistic elements of art therapy. Internal images become externalised with the aid of art therapy elements thereby assisting emotional expression and trauma work. Practical examples will illustrate the individual qualitative change processes taking place in all their dynamism as will expressive picture evidence.

 

Vita: Sabine Hampf is a professional art therapist currently specialising to become a child and adolescent psychotherapist and a trauma therapist. Since 2014 she is a staff member of the Psychotraumazentrum Leipzig e.V., where she provides trauma counselling to adults and one-to-one and group supervision to refugee helpers.

2:00
pm

Short break

2:05
pm

Dr. Ruth Blizard (US)

Dipl.-Psych. Thomas Haudel (Berlin)

 

Trauma memory settings with body-therapeutic interventions

 

This talk centres on the therapy of a trauma patient who was treated with a carefully chosen mix of psychodynamic and body-oriented methods from SPIM 30 and biodynamics. It will be shown how exactly this mix of interventions led the patient on his path to recovery by activating his body memory and allowing him stepwise to remember actual events hitherto locked in his unconscious. The patient in question was subjected to multiple experiences of violence in his family of origin and sexual abuse.

 

Vita: Thomas Haudel is Psychological psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychodynamic and biodynamic therapist, trauma psychotherapist, psychotherapist in private practice in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg and staff psychologist at the counselling and family centre in Berlin Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg.

2.30
pm

Short break

2:35
pm

Dr. rer. nat. DP Ralf VogtDipl. Geogr. Salina Centgraf (Leipzig)


Prenatal brain development – birth trauma and pregnancy


This talk will present a pregnant woman traumatised by her own birth and undergoing long term counselling. During her pregnancy a variety of anxieties based in various, changeable memory phenomena suggested the existence of traumatic experience. These could be, step-by-step, retraced to the client’s own traumatic pregnancy and birth. The implication is that early child brain development would benefit hugely from preventative measures. This is something that can regularly be witnessed in the Psychotraumazentrum Leipzig e.V. with the aid of stabilisation, psychoeducation and such interventions as trauma-sensitive yoga pregnancy courses.

 

Vita: Salina Centgraf is a geographer, mediator, trainee trauma counsellor, and chair of the Psychotraumazentrum e.V. Leipzig since 2015. She is also a professional yoga instructor and runs trauma-sensitive yoga courses for those affected.

3:00
pm

Coffee break - Book and CD sale and information

3:30
pm

Prof. Dr. Sue Carter (US)PhD Renée P. Marks (United Kingdom)

 

Therapeutic changes in the memory of children and adolescents with dissociative trauma disorders (part 1)

 

Children suffering from preverbal trauma often have poor memories of the trauma, including many memory gaps. External manifestations of their history are likely disturbed behavior, emotions, word order and spontaneous actions.
Over the course of trauma treatment, we often notice symbolic or metaphorical symptoms before the verbal memory begins to operate. These breakthroughs will initially often present themselves as one-word sentences. These can be regarded as fragmented trauma markers in the context of upcoming emotions. Over the course of trauma exposition work, these details will change significantly and their correlation with context will increase. The changes trauma memory undergoes will be illustrated by case studies of children and adolescents.

 

Vita:Renée Marks is the senior psychotherapist at the Integrate Families Institute in Manchester (Northern England). The institute is a national center for children and youth suffering from complex trauma and dissociation. Mrs. Marks is a national and international coach for attachment disorders, affect regulation disorders and other forms of complex traumatization in children and adults. She is also chairwoman of the ESTD committee on children and adolescents, as a specialist for severe complex traumatization in children and adolescents. Other field Dr. Marks works in are supervision and forensic psychiatric reports.

4:00
pm

Short break

4:05
pm

MS Psych Winja LutzPD Dr. phil. Rosemarie Barwinski (Switzerland)

 

The integration of traumatic experiences (part 1)

 

The mental integration of traumatic experiences is a very complex process which not only includes dealing with overwhelming emotions but goes along with changes in the client’s mental structures. As these changes can sometimes take years – especially in the context of early childhood traumatization – the aim is to gain insight into the long-term processes of these changes. Using case vignettes, a model will be presented that describes the mental processes and insights necessary to handle such complex traumatic experiences that were made in a distant past. The model was developed on the basis of the results of one of Dr. Barwinski’s own studies that looked into trauma-related steps of change in three long-term therapies of moderately to severely traumatized patients. Consequences for psychotherapeutical practice that might arise from the results of the study will be pointed out.

 

Vita: Dr. Barwinski is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in her own private practice in Winterthur (Switzerland) and a lecturer at the University of Cologne. Since her habilitation dissertation in 2005, she has been researching the topic of trauma processing in analytical long-term treatment; director of the Swiss Institute for Psychotraumatology (SIPT), Winterthur; numerous publications in the field of psycho-traumatology, psychotherapy and trauma memory research.

4:35
pm

Short break

4:40
pm

DP Claudia Maria FlißPhD Valerie Sinason (United Kingdom)

 

Therapeutic problems with and access to the memory of highly dissociative patients (part 1)

 

Building on long-term experience with highly dissociative clients, some basic attachment-oriented rules for working with psychotrauma will be described as they have been applied in the London clinic for years. Following that, it will be pointed out ‒ by analyzing case studies with patients suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder ‒ which general and specific changes occur in trauma processing and which resourceful interventions served to tackle these cases and their respective crises. It is particularly complicated to deal with clients who still have direct or covert contact with their perpetrators within or outside their families, where the trauma occurred. In theoretical proximity to the SPIM-30 model of introject development, suggestions for dissociative categories ‒ such as quaternary dissociation ‒ are explained, which might contribute be a significantly to a new understanding of trauma dynamics in highly dissociative patients.

 

Vita: Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, psychotherapist for children and adults, and a psychoanalyst. She has worked in the Tavistock and Portman clinics and at the department of psychiatric disabilities at the St George Hospital Medical School (University of London). She is a founding member and director of the Clinic for Dissociative Research, an independent tertiary provider of the NHS (UK National British Health Service). She is the author of numerous articles, books (including, as the editor: "Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity: Working on Identity and Selves”), and various other monographs on working with highly dissociative disorders.

5:10
pm

Discussion and final statements

5:30
pm

Break – no sale tables

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8:00
pm

Conference party with Clowns, dancing and small finger-food buffet

(Attention: you have to purchase separate tickets)



ClownDJ AndyLeipziger Nasen

 

Time

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 2nd Day

8:00
am

Opening of the conference office

9:00
am

MS Psych Winja LutzPD Dr. phil. Rosemarie Barwinski (Switzerland)

 

The integration of traumatic experiences (part 2)

 

The mental integration of traumatic experiences is a very complex process which not only includes dealing with overwhelming emotions but goes along with changes in the client’s mental structures. As these changes can sometimes take years – especially in the context of early childhood traumatization – the aim is to gain insight into the long-term processes of these changes. Using case vignettes, a model will be presented that describes the mental processes and insights necessary to handle such complex traumatic experiences that were made in a distant past. The model was developed on the basis of the results of one of Dr. Barwinski’s own studies that looked into trauma-related steps of change in three long-term therapies of moderately to severely traumatized patients. Consequences for psychotherapeutical practice that might arise from the results of the study will be pointed out.

 

Vita: Dr. Barwinski is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in her own private practice in Winterthur (Switzerland) and a lecturer at the University of Cologne. Since her habilitation dissertation in 2005, she has been researching the topic of trauma processing in analytical long-term treatment; director of the Swiss Institute for Psychotraumatology (SIPT), Winterthur; numerous publications in the field of psycho-traumatology, psychotherapy and trauma memory research.

10:00
am

Short break

10:05
am

Prof. Dr. Sue Carter (US)PhD Renée P. Marks (United Kingdom)

 

Therapeutic changes in the memory of children and adolescents with dissociative trauma disorders (part 2)

 

Children suffering from preverbal trauma often have poor memories of the trauma, including many memory gaps. External manifestations of their history are likely disturbed behavior, emotions, word order and spontaneous actions.
Over the course of trauma treatment, we often notice symbolic or metaphorical symptoms before the verbal memory begins to operate. These breakthroughs will initially often present themselves as one-word sentences. These can be regarded as fragmented trauma markers in the context of upcoming emotions. Over the course of trauma exposition work, these details will change significantly and their correlation with context will increase. The changes trauma memory undergoes will be illustrated by case studies of children and adolescents.

 

Vita:Renée Marks is the senior psychotherapist at the Integrate Families Institute in Manchester (Northern England). The institute is a national center for children and youth suffering from complex trauma and dissociation. Mrs. Marks is a national and international coach for attachment disorders, affect regulation disorders and other forms of complex traumatization in children and adults. She is also chairwoman of the ESTD committee on children and adolescents, as a specialist for severe complex traumatization in children and adolescents. Other field Dr. Marks works in are supervision and forensic psychiatric reports.

11:05
am

Coffee break - Book and CD sale and information

11:30
am

Prof. Dr. Stephen W. Porges (USA)Dr. rer. nat., DP Ralf Vogt (Leipzig)

 

Research concept for memory level changes in trauma patients (part 2)

 

At the outset, new findings from the SPIM-30 model will be outlined theoretically in terms of neurobiological links to the Polyvagal theory by Porges, as well as our own classification of trauma types, perpetrator attachment structures and the gradual memory reconstruction work. Then, the practical implications of these findings will be discussed. Bridges to contributions from American colleagues (Kluft, Putnam) and Dutch trauma specialists (Van der Hart, Nijenhuis, Steele) will be pointed out, and integrative connections will be established. The aim here is to make the 7-stage model of the SPIM-30 theory more transparent for other colleagues by comparing some of the SPIM-30 key terms and concepts with the terminology used in other renowned theories.
To conclude with, case studies from a small practice study will be presented, including an analysis of the changes in trauma memory contents, based on individual cases and small diagnostic groups. Regular or frequently found empirical results of the processes of change will be described hypothetically. Here, a dynamic understanding of trauma material that is accessible or protected out of necessity material will be a central focus, which might give practical input to and cross-fertilize future memory research at university level.

 

Vita: Dr. Vogt is a psychotraumatologist and psychoanalyst working in private practice. He is also an analytical body psychotherapist, family therapist and clinician for imaginative psychotherapy (guided imagery). He has been working with complexly traumatized clients for about 20 years. Since 2000, he and his wife have been working together on the development of their own treatment program for dissociative disorders, SPIM 30. Together, they founded the Trauma Institute Leipzig as a training and research center in 2002. Dr. Vogt is a Past Board Member of the International Board of the ISSTD. In 2011, he received the Fellow Award for outstanding achievements in the field. He is the author of numerous books on the subject.

12:30
am

Lunchtime-snacks on-site – Book and CD sale and information

1:30
pm

DP Claudia Maria FlißDP Irina Vogt (Leipzig)

 

Case studies of memory confusion in dissociative disorders

 

In case analyses of dissociative trauma clients, the consequences of trauma exposure for women overrun with sexual violence will be empirically investigated and described as stages of psychodynamic insight. The focus will be on differentiated work with different personality parts, which is an essential and constant component in working with these clients. It is particularly worth noting that perpetrator introjects seem to systematically thwart the analytical and processing work over and over again, trying to crush any further trauma work with their dissociative re-enactment capacities. These perpetrator structures seem to sometimes hold the key to understanding the initially split-off trauma content. They correspond to the unconscious, extended perpetrator’s will, maintaining the perpetrator’s smokescreen by activating auto-aggressive punishment and destabilizing relapses in the internal regulation. The practicalities of handling trauma treatment according to the SPIM-30 model and the corresponding settings will be described.

 

Vita: Irina Vogt is a psychotraumatologist and depth psychologist (psychodynamic therapist) working in private practice. She is also a body psychotherapist and creative arts and play therapist. She has been working with complexly traumatized / dissociative patients for over 20 years. Together with her husband, she has been working on the SPIM-30 treatment program for dissociative disorders since about the year 2000. In 2002, they founded the Trauma Institute Leipzig as a training and research center. Irina Vogt has also worked as a trauma specialist lecturer for other national and international institutions. 2011 Fellow Award of ISSTD for outstanding achievements in the field of traumatherapy.

2:30
pm

Coffee break - Book and CD sale and information

2:50
pm

DP Claudia Maria FlißPhD Valerie Sinason (United Kingdom)

 

Therapeutic problems with and access to the memory of highly dissociative patients (part 2)

 

Building on long-term experience with highly dissociative clients, some basic attachment-oriented rules for working with psychotrauma will be described as they have been applied in the London clinic for years. Following that, it will be pointed out ‒ by analyzing case studies with patients suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder ‒ which general and specific changes occur in trauma processing and which resourceful interventions served to tackle these cases and their respective crises. It is particularly complicated to deal with clients who still have direct or covert contact with their perpetrators within or outside their families, where the trauma occurred. In theoretical proximity to the SPIM-30 model of introject development, suggestions for dissociative categories ‒ such as quaternary dissociation ‒ are explained, which might contribute be a significantly to a new understanding of trauma dynamics in highly dissociative patients.

 

Vita: Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, psychotherapist for children and adults, and a psychoanalyst. She has worked in the Tavistock and Portman clinics and at the department of psychiatric disabilities at the St George Hospital Medical School (University of London). She is a founding member and director of the Clinic for Dissociative Research, an independent tertiary provider of the NHS (UK National British Health Service). She is the author of numerous articles, books (including, as the editor: "Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity: Working on Identity and Selves”), and various other monographs on working with highly dissociative disorders.

3:50
pm

Short break

3:55
pm

DP Claudia Maria FlißMSc Psych Winja Lutz (Leipzig)

 

Getting lost in the mall is not child abuse – Loftus and the methodological errors of memory researchers

 

This presentation will briefly outline various features of memory under normal versus stressful conditions, and then go on to introduce the current state of research on the so-called "trauma memory”. The example of the Lost-In-The-Mall study by Elizabeth Loftus is used to point out the manifold methodological flaws of memory research within the framework of the False-Memory-Syndrome movement attempting to deny the reality of dissociative amnesia.

 

Vita: Winja Lutz is a qualified, state-approved educator and a psychologist and specialized trauma consultant, also holding a diploma in fine arts. She has worked as an educator for inpatient youth services for many years, as a researcher at the Trauma Institute Leipzig, and as an interpreter in the field of trauma therapy. Since 2015, she has been working as an inpatient psychologist at the Wicker Clinic, Bad Wildungen. She has translated several textbooks on trauma therapy into German, and in 2013, received the ISSTD Student Award for her outstanding achievements in the field. She is on the editorial board of the ESTD, and a university lecturer for trauma pedagogics.

4:55
pm

Short break

5:00
pm

Discussion and final statements

5:30
pm

End of main conference