Harmonious Discussion – Wednesday 9 September, 2020

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Dr Sarah Schubert: Trauma-focused therapy: The role and paradox of stabilisation and attachment.

Again modified by the global pandemic, which made our group room too small to host an in-person crowd, and left Sarah in Western Australia due to border closures, we hosted an online Harmonious Discussion with 20 participants.

Eight Harmonious Discussion: Dr Sarah Schubert: Trauma-focused therapy: The role and paradox of stabilisation and attachment.

Sarah put together a thought-provoking presentation about the role of attachment in stabilisation that will have many of the participants working more somatically and socially from here on. She gave a most straightforward explanation of polyvagal theory, and tied our work in EMDR Therapy solidly to social neuroscience, and challenged us all to think a little differently about the importance of connection with others during the early phases of therapy. She also tantalised us with an offer to present part 2 – a more practical take, later this year. Thanks to Sarah for such a great talk, we are looking forward to part 2, and thanks to all who attended!

Harmonious Discussion – Friday 17 April, 2020

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Supporting Mental Health Practitioners through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Due to the global pandemic, our in-person Harmonious Discussions have been postponed, but that didn’t stop us at Brisbane Harmony Centre! Catherine hosted an online event to check in with our network of mental health practitioners about the challenges of working on healing trauma during a global pandemic in which the world feels a little less safe and a little less under control.

7th Harmonious Discussion Supporting Mental Health Practitioners through the COVID-19 Pandemic

We heard from our colleagues about the frustrations, difficulties and silver linings associated with moving our practices online, we shared tips and wisdom that we accumulated rapidly over those early intense weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. We took time to gather hope for the future, and enjoyed warmth, support and laughter together. Thanks to everyone who participated – our community and the support that we enjoy and offer has never been more valuable than now!

Harmonious Discussion – Friday 13 March, 2020

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Therapist Book Club: “EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach” with Ainsley Salsbury.

On 13th March, the clinic hosted the final instalment of a book club Harmonious Discussion related to Gonazalez and Mosquera’s “EMDR the Progressive Approach”. The lively discussion was led by Ainsley who was one of quite a few participants to also have attended the 4 day EMDRAA conference where the authors were the keynote speakers.

SIXTH HARMONIOUS DISCUSSION – FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020.

It was incredibly valuable to collectively unpack the remaining chapters of the book, intertwine the content and wisdom from the EMDRAA conference, and to really feel a greater sense of integrating this approach into working with complex cases and dissociation.

It was a wonderful opportunity to have our learning enriched by the insights, experiences and perspectives of a room full of committed and talented peers. Also a valuable opportunity to socialise and enjoy some lighter moments together.

Harmonious Discussion – Friday 13 September, 2019.

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A Book Club Discussion Part Two: “EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach” by Anabel Gonzalez and Dolores Mosquera.

We held our second book club and were pleased to have some new faces in the crowd at this event – welcome to all who are passionate about offering high quality trauma informed therapy. Amanda Hansen led us through a couple of very dense chapters, and made sense of some complicated therapeutic concerns for us.

4th Harmonious Discussion, September 2019

We are looking forward to Ainsley hosting a follow up discussion in the beginning of 2020 to share the wisdom she collects at the Mosquera and Gonazalez training in Sydney in November.

Harmonious Discussion – Friday 19 July, 2019

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A Book Club Discussion Part One: “EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach” by Anabel Gonzalez and Dolores Mosquera.

We recently hosted our first Harmonious Discussion run in a ‘Therapist Book Club’ format.  Thank you to everyone who attended and took a deep dive into the first few chapters of this insightful book, with the presentation led by Ainsley Salsbury.

Harmonious Discussion - Friday 19 July 2019 – A Book Club Discussion

The book and the model integrate clinical wisdom, science and knowledge from a broad range of fields.  The model seeks to equip EMDR practitioners with a rich theoretical framework for planning and delivering safe effective treatment for people who have suffered early and/or severe traumatisation.

It was incredibly useful to explore and discuss these perspectives as a peer group.  We look forward also to future Harmonious Discussions where we can further immerse ourselves in the practical application of this broadly informed framework and associated techniques.  These approaches hold so much promise for addressing complexities and getting good outcomes for clients.

The authors will be presenting at a 4 day conference in Sydney in November 2019, which Ainsley will be attending on behalf of Brisbane Harmony Centre.  If you are going to be there too, please say hi!