Continuing Professional Development Courses

Understanding Addiction: Dramatherapy & Recovery - “The Hero’s Journey”

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Simon Marks

Saturday 11th November 2017 10:00 – 16:00

Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED

Workshop cost: £120/ 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Early-bird discount of 15% available until 11th August 2017

The Workshop:

Regardless of our different approaches to practice, we will all meet clients who present with addiction and patterns of addictive of behaviour. The list is long – and by no means exhaustive; alcoholism, drugs, gambling, compulsive sex, pornography, over-eating, under-eating, over-exercise, compulsive shopping, smoking, over-spending, relationship addiction and co-dependency. Some may want to gain control over certain behaviours, yet others are baffled as to why they can’t control or stop them at all.

As clinicians, what do we really understand about addiction? How does someone who might be addicted, think, feel and experience the world? How is addiction linked to developmental trauma? And most importantly of all, how can we best support those clients who come to us for help?

This workshop aims to introduce Dramatherapy as a workable and accessible psychotherapeutic model to assist clients working in, or towards recovery from addiction. Part presentational and part experiential, you will be invited to participate in some basic Dramatherapy exercises, to consider their healing potential. You will learn how stories, embodiment, enactment and play allow us to access the unconscious. Then, using aspects of Joseph Campbell’s 'Hero’s Journey', and Jung’s archetypes, we will explore together the collective unconscious, focusing specifically on the roles of the "Hero" and “Saboteur”. How can we work with these aspects to help heal the split psyche so often found in this client group? How can it help them take steps towards integration, to uncover their authentic self?

Drawing on my practice within the LGBTQ+ community, I will also touch on how these techniques can assist our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer clients. We now know LGBTQ+ people experience higher levels of anxiety, depression and also addiction too, so what can we do to help understand their needs?

Discover for yourself the power and potential of Dramatherapy and how it can transform your client’s lives.

No previous experience of drama is necessary.

The Trainer:

Simon Marks is an MA qualified, HCPC registered Dramatherapist, Drug and Alcohol Counsellor and LGBTQ+ group facilitator. He specialises in LGBTQ+ mental and sexual health, addiction and recovery. His work centres towards healing and re-parenting the inner-child, and recovering the authentic self.

Simon is currently working at Antidote @ London Friend - the UK’s only LGBTQ+ run drug and alcohol service, with service users of their Chemsex programme. In training, he worked at Mount Carmel, a rehab in South London, where he ran a mixed gender group for recovering alcoholics in aftercare. At 56 Dean Street, the award winning HIV and sexual health NHS clinic in Soho, he ran groups for gay and HIV positive men.

Simon runs a private practice for gay and bisexual men. His sessions offer a safe and contained space for creative expression, encouraging personal reflection and group bonding. Previously, participants have explored collective themes around lack of self-esteem, internalised homophobia, intimacy, trust, social anxiety and shame. Some connected these themes to their own risk-taking behaviour in relation to alcohol, drugs, relationships and sex. Where desired, they were able to begin implementing changes in their lives.

Simon’s work features in the award winning book Straight Jacket: How To Be Gay And Happy by Matthew Todd. As well as his Dramatherapy practice, Simonalso facilitates the gay and bisexual men’s community discussion group A Change Of Scene.

Simon is a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) and graduated from Roehampton University in 2016 with an MA in Dramatherapy.

 

 

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