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Near Death Experience and Trauma

It's that time of year where I've had to submit my Continuing Professional Development Form and decided it might be quite a good idea to blog about it.

I joined the Taunton Association for Psychotherapy a while back and in May went to an amazing talk by Penny Sartori called 'What near-death experience can tell us about life'. Penny has worked as a nurse in the Intensive Therapy Unit of a major hospital and has undertaken a five year research project into near-death experiences. As the talk was back in May, I cannot remember it too clearly but I know it gave me goose bumps and as she told us; confronting our own mortality can empower us to live life to the full. I would highly recommend 'googling' Penny and seeing what she has to say.

I have also attended a trauma workshop given by Angela McCormack who was so warm and engaging and made the space feel very safe. I was amazed to hear it was the first talk she'd given on the subject.
I think the main things I took away from the day is that 'The body remembers what the mind forgets'. Trauma is often forgotten/denied in the mind and impossible sometimes to put into words but the memory of it is held in the body and it is the body we should work with. See Babette Rothschild for further reading on the subject.
She also suggested Post Traumatic Stress is not a disorder and the D should be dropped from PTSD, which I wholeheartedly agree with. As she wrote on the top of every sheet she gave us - 'Trauma is a normal response to an abnormal situation.'

The next CPD I have in mind are some workshops run by William Bloom on Spiritual Development, Developing Ourselves and Transforming our World.

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