THERAPEUTIC ENACTMENT TRAINING
Time Requirement: Five Days
Incorporating the theoretical teachings of prominent trauma researchers Peter Levine and Bessel van der Kolk, Therapeutic Enactment (TE) focuses on learning about trauma theory and the foundations of this group-based intervention. TE is a group- and action-based technique for repairing pre-existing traumas or trauma-related injuries. Clinicians will learn how to screen members into a group; they will learn leader roles; and they will learn approaches to facilitate and co-facilitate TE in groups (co-facilitation is a highly effective approach that sees two leaders backing each other).
Clinicians participating in this training will also have an opportunity to experience a “Mini Therapeutic Enactment” tailor-made for themselves. Clinicians will be encouraged to draw on their own life experiences in order to participate and to design a meaningful TE experience. This level, therefore, offers clinicians a therapeutic benefit because they will be able to integrate back into their own lives a somewhat less traumatic reaction to something that happened to them. “Clinicians cannot deliver this therapy to others,” says Dr. Westwood, “unless they understand the process as lived.”
Most psychotherapeutic interventions are verbal; Therapeutic Enactment is behavior- and action-based. The desired outcome is for clinicians to experience a change process in an enactment format; and so, to experience the sensitivities and the cautions that result and the structures that are needed to make repairs; this will, in turn, make the clinician more effective in working with their clients.