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Managing Power, Control, Boundary and Attachment Dynamics when working with Survivors of Abuse – with Christiane Sanderson

May 22 @ 10:00 am-4:00 pm

£95 – £105

Live online event



When working with survivors of physical, sexual, domestic or spiritual abuse, practitioners need to ensure that abuse dynamics do not inadvertently get replicated in the therapeutic process, while always being mindful of the need to minimise re-traumatisation. As therapists, we are aware that such as the use of threat, terror, silence, secrecy, shame and distortion of reality dehumanises survivors and renders them voiceless and vulnerable. These dynamics can often get re-enacted during the therapeutic process through client-therapist interactions that assert power and control, appeasement behaviours such as compliance and submission, boundary violations and oscillations between connection and disconnection.

This training workshop, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, aims to identify the ways in which these dynamics manifest within the therapeutic space and how these can be managed. The objective is to facilitate a more collaborative, non-hierarchical and relational approach in which survivors can truly heal, rather than being catapulted back into trauma dynamics. To this effect the importance of ‘being with’ rather than ‘doing to’ will be emphasised alongside practical ways by which re-shaming or re-traumatising of survivors is minimised, so as to offer a genuine human relationship in which our clients have the safe opportunity to recover and heal.

Specifically we will consider:

    • The dehumanising impact of power and control on survivors of abuse
    • The role of silence, secrecy, boundary violations and distortion of reality
    • The impact of complex trauma on attachment and relational difficulties, including the trauma bond and how this can manifest in the therapeutic relationship
    • How to manage power and control dynamics in the therapeutic relationship
    • Attachment and the dual liability– where clients are unable to seek comfort from an attachment figure, who might also be the abuser
    • How to work with the fact that survivors of abuse experience relationships as dangerous and terrifying, rather than as sources of comfort
    • How we can create a safe, predictable and consistent therapeutic space to reverse the unpredictability and inconsistency associated with trauma
    • How we can facilitate a more collaborative, non-hierarchical and relationship approach through ‘being with’ rather than ‘doing to’

Christiane Sanderson

Christiane Sanderson BSc MSc is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. With 28 years’ experience working in child sexual abuse, interpersonal trauma and domestic abuse, she has run consultancy and training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, the NSPCC and the Refugee Council. She is the author of many books on trauma, shame, childhood sexual abuse, and dissociation, including Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma (JKP 2013).

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Location: Online Live Event

Book tickets

Live online event

£95 Early Bird before 22 April 2021

£105 from 22 April 2021

“Such a rich day of learning.  Relevant to every client I work with” 

“Excellent seminar, well presented with slides, enough time for discussion, online worked well.  Christiane Sanderson is clear and concise and offers her knowledge and experience as well as up to date information which is valuable.”

“This is by far the best CPD I’ve experienced in a long while.  I spend a lot on CPD, and to be honest, nine times out of ten it’s just ok at best.  This and previous training I’ve done (both with Christiane) have been worth every single penny.” 

“Excellent speaker and extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Also pleased about being sent a copy of the handouts prior to the workshop”

This is a LIVE ONLINE EVENT with PowerPoint presentation, live interactive discussion/Q&A.

Open to psychological therapists (including trainees) from all modalities and healthcare professionals.

The vast majority of our professional CPD events are led by psychotherapists. Each delegate is responsible for self-care should material during the event trigger difficult personal feelings.

Book tickets

Live online event

£95 Early Bird booking before 22nd April 2021

£105 from 22nd April 2021

CPD certificates supplied

Alternatively to book: email or phone 07599 369566 with the name of the event(s) you wish to attend plus the following information: your full name; postal address; best contact telephone number and job title.

Postal address for cheques: Wendy Bramham, 47C Kingsbury St, Marlborough SN8 1JE.
A confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you.


May 22
10:00 am-4:00 pm
£95 – £105


United Kingdom


Wendy Bramham
07599 369566