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27/1/18 - CPD Workshop - Domestic Abuse

Abuse is not a one-off incident, but a systematic method of maintaining power and control within a relationship. This workshop will look at the definition, dynamics & challenges of understanding and working with Domestic Abuse.The day will include theoretical perspectives of domestic abuse alongside cultural beliefs, attitudes & values about anger, aggression, power & control.What leads people into abusive relationships? Why do adults remain in abusive relationships in-spite of on-going fear, control of liberty, and isolation from friends, family and/or supportive professionals? Why are more women than men abused?Is there a connection between predatory sexual behaviour and domestic abuse?Melanie Klein suggests that: ‘these bad parts of the self are not meant only to injure but also to control & take possession of the object.’ Klein, 1946:8.Is projective identification a way to understand the complex dynamics of domestic abuse and how can we speak and think about the victim/perpetrator relationship without pathologising or blaming ‘victims of abuse’? How are developmental processes and a sense of self affected by living in a family in which there is or has been domestic abuse? What is the impact of living with an S/Care-giver?Domestic abuse is a perversion of what a child might rightfully expect from parents/caregivers.It is likely that abuse will have a powerful impact on a child’s attachment style, both as a trauma in itself and in view of the context in which abuse takes placeThe perverse paradox is that the adult care-giver is both the attachment figure to whom the child turns for protection and either the victim of abuse (mother/father) or the source of the threat (father/mother). Holmes, J. The Search for the Secure Base, Ch 9. This workshop will include teaching, small group work and some clinical discussion.It is not an experiential workshop & participants will not be expected to disclose personal history. To book, please contact 453355