The CHIRON Centre for Body Psychotherapy

presents a

two - day training with Babette Rothschild

Making Trauma Therapy Safer: The Psychophysiology of Trauma & PTSD

Saturday & Sunday 22nd & 23rd May 2010

9.00 am to 5.30 pm

Venue: University of London Union,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

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For Babette's new 12-day course (a series of three 4-day workshops), please contact:
Kathrin Stauffer on 01223 240815


Workshop Description

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is an indicator that the body and mind have not, yet, recognised that a traumatic incident is over. As a result, the bodys nervous system responds by continuously mobilising the muscles and other body systems for defense (fight/flight) and/or numbing (freeze). Those with PTSD become overly attentive to interoceptive reminders of the past danger, while losing their connection to extroceptive cues (the five senses) that appraise the present environment. Known risks with traumatised clients - dissociation, flashbacks, abreaction and retraumatization - are, in part, the result of hyper-arousal in the autonomic nervous system (ANS). This course will equip participants with psychophysical theory, principles and tools for reducing, containing and halting traumatic hyper-arousal. It is consistent with and a useful adjunct to all methods of psychotherapy and specialised trauma therapies (e.g. analytical, dynamic and somatic approaches, cognitive-behaviourial and EMDR).

Goals and Objectives

1) Comprehension of the functioning of ANS and hyper-arousal, stress, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder

2) Ability to observe and gauge the state of the ANS

3) Acquisition of tools for stopping, containing and reducing hyper-arousal

This Workshop is for:




social workers

alternative & complementary practioners

students of counselling and psychotherapy

and those working in caring professions



Workshop Format

Participants will learn through lecture, written materials, experiential exercises and video tapes of actual clinical sessions.



9.00 - 11.00 Introduction Introductory video Glossary of terms: stress, trauma, PTSD

11.00 - 11.15 Morning coffee/tea

11.15 - 1.00 Risks of trauma therapy Putting on the Brakes Body awareness: a tool in trauma therapy

1.00 - 2.00 Lunch

2.00 - 3.45 Video: Neurobiology of emotion & PTSD Psychophysiology of stress & trauma

3.45 - 4.00 Afternoon Coffee/Tea

4.00 - 5.30 Video: application of techniques Role-play practice of techniques End of day discussion



9.00 -11.00 Questions and review from the first day; Hyperarousal ; Regulating the autonomic nervous system

11.00 -11.15 Morning Coffee/Tea

11.15 - 1.00 Dual awareness: perceived versus actual danger; Body integrity & boundaries - reclaiming the skin

1.00 - 2.00 Lunch

2.00 - 3.45 Video: application of techniques

3.45 - 4.00 Afternoon Coffee/Tea

4.00 - 5.30 Role-play practice of techniques; End of course discussion, evaluation



About Babette Rothschild

BABETTE ROTHSCHILD, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. is the author of the best-selling book "The Body Remembers: the Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment" (W.W. Norton, October 2000),
and "The Body Remembers Casebook: Unifying Methods and Models in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD" (W.W. Norton, March 2003).
She also has written the chapter Body Psychotherapy without touch: applications for trauma therapy in "Body Psychotherapy" (Brunner-Routledge 2002, edited by Tree Staunton).


A psychotherapist since 1976, Babette has authored several articles on trauma and PTSD and is a member of the Association for Traumatic Stress Specialists, the International and European Societies for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the US Association of Body Psychotherapy. After living in Denmark for 9 years, she returned to her home town Los Angeles, California, where she maintains a private practice while continuing to offer professional training, consultation and supervision throughout the world.