The Invisible Lion
How to Explain Trauma in Plain English
by Benjamin Fry
Columbia Hotel, 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NS
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017 9.30am to 5.00pm
The founder of Khiron House hosts a two-day workshop to join up the language of the therapist with the experience of the client
You see a man running wildly down the road, half naked, screaming, looking around wildly. Until you see a lion come around the corner, chasing him, you might think he is crazy. But now, suddenly, he seems normal. The only difference is the context. When you understand the context, you can understand his reaction to it.
Many people suffer from mental, emotional, behavioural and physical problems which are difficult to explain clearly. These problems are generally given diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, or personality disorder. But diagnoses are generally descriptions of the problem without the context and thus don’t add any new information that might help us to treat the issues.
Benjamin Fry founded Khiron House because of his own journey as a patient in a system which could diagnose him but not cure his symptoms. He has spent years getting to understand a much deeper picture of why these conditions occur and has hundreds of hours of clinical practice sharing his explanations with clients who come for consultation.
His own experience, and the one he observed happening in his clients, is that there is great value in having explanations for symptoms and conditions that make them understandable and logical in lay-terms. It is a universal human trait to feel calmer and less threatened when we understand something. A meaningful explanation for something which has previously been attributed to a personal or moral failure reduces shame and self-chastisement.
This is a workshop on how to understand the process by which the symptoms of many “disorders” arise and why traditional methods of treatment have only been partially successful in alleviating those symptoms. By educating our clients about how their bodies and nervous systems develop symptoms and why, they gain the power of knowledge to replace shame with a sense of ingenuity and courage. This workshop will provide a series of tools and frameworks to help clients become our allies in the process of healing.
Neurobiologicaly Informed Healthcare
The background to this approach to explaining symptoms, thoughts, emotions and impulsive actions is a neurobiologically informed understanding of human behaviour. At the core of this model is the workings of the nervous system and the fundamental role it plays in sustaining both physical and mental health.
Benjamin Fry’s workshop will explain this model by looking at human development from primitive man to complex modern relationships. It will explain why humans have become unable to handle stress and threat like other mammals, and, as a result, our nervous systems have lost their natural ability to regulate.
This loss of regulation changes everything. Our biochemistry alters, affecting us physically and mentally. Even as children, our relationships develop differently. Our view of reality is affected by nervous system dysregulation. We desperately reach for substances to try to restore regulation to our systems or resort to impulsive actions. Our adult relationships suffer. All of this comes into the consulting room, but often the links are unclear. This workshop will lay out a non-pathologizing approach that views these disorders as being a natural reaction to stress or unresolved trauma.
Participants in the workshop will be encouraged to bring their cases to the group for reframing through a neurobiological lens. The goal is for clinicians appreciate the empowering role and relational value of psychoeducation and for non-clinicians to receive a clearer picture of their own conditions or those of friends and relatives.
Benjamin is the author of forthcoming book “The Invisible Lion”. You can follow Benjamin’s work at www.benjaminfry.com
Full catering is included in your ticket price. There will be two sessions, morning and afternoon, with a 3 course buffet lunch in between. Morning and afternoon teas and coffee will be served during the breaks.
CPD certificates will be available on the final afternoon at the tea break for all registered delegates.