Workshop – Healing Our Woundedness – Fri 26th May 2017


healing-our-woundedness-fri26may2017posterA one-day workshop

  • For those ready to go beyond diagnoses and categories to begin healing the wounds that life has left within…
  • The central experience of “trauma” is being left feeling powerless and disconnected- from self, others and the world.
  • This workshop is about exploring ways we might begin to find and reclaim our power and to reconnect.



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Full description…

Trauma means Wound

Our health systems focus on categorizing, and diagnosing us, on technologies, treatments and efficiencies, bringing some relief yet also more fragmented, disconnected, and disempowered.

How might we respond?

Healing is about coming to wholeness, connecting, reconnecting, finding our power, our agency; and about interconnectedness, finding and making our place both in and as part of this world.

Are you worn down by those who can only diagnose and suppress “symptoms” of “disorder”?  Then perhaps you’re ready to join in beginning to embrace and heal our woundedness.

“Like Thorns In The Spirit”
– William James

“Unspoken voice”
-Peter Levine

The DSM “deals in categories, not in pain”
– Dan Siegel

“In western medicine we incorrectly categorize trauma by the thing that happened, when in fact it is the effect left within us”
– Robert Scaer

“Trauma is not remembered but relived, re-experienced”    -Bessel van der Kolk

“The core experience of being traumatized is being left feeling disconnected  and powerless”
– Judith Herman

Beyond Diagnoses and Categories

This workshop explores beyond categories and diagnoses to our experiences of being human, what it means to live with woundedness, sensitivity, compassion and many ways we might heal.

Making Sense of “Trauma”

  • Trauma means wound, life wounds us in many ways yet we’ve come to understand trauma as “shit that happens”, and it does, yet “trauma” is not the thing that happened but the wounds left within us.
  • Understanding how experiences can leave us wounded help understand how we can heal.
  • If we can find ways to shift focus and embrace our woundedness we can begin to give ourselves chance to begin healing.

Embracing our Woundedness

This workshop focusses on embracing our woundedness so we can accept who we are, how we are now and learn and grow and heal from here…

  • We’ll explore and share some of the many ways “the shit that happens” can, and has, left us wounded.
  • strengths

Creating space to feel

  • Go beyond avoiding and distracting as strategies to being triggered
  • Supporting ourselves and each other

Freeing ourselves from what did happen

  • Stepping out of the cycle that keeps us trapped and giving ourselves chance to help.
  • Breaking free from cycle of victim-blame-perpetrator.

Learning and sharing ways we can heal

  • You may be tired of trying to find them or you may simply not have access to “trauma” services
  • We will share ways we found of beginning to heal, we can do ourselves, with each other.

Writing new stories

  • We’ll put aside the story we’ve been given about how we’re broken and begin a new one about who we’ve become and who we are becoming..

About the workshop

This is not a medical or clinical workshop. We will not be using language of diagnosis but will instead talk about experiences of being human. if you’re looking for someone who can diagnose you, fix you and tell you what to do, then please know that this is not it.

Its worth repeating- at the core of trauma is being left feeling powerless and disconnected.

This workshop is about beginning to find and reclaim, our power,  and reconnecting.

The approach is one of learning together built around a framework of drawn from the latest understandings and research on Trauma.  Presenting understanding and also not-knowing a perspective of  “peer”, or “exert by experience”.

We will begin by sharing some ideas from people like Judith Herman, Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Robert Scaer, and Babette Rothschild. Some may be familiar, some new.
In reflective dialogue we will share with each other some of our own experiences, practices  and vulnerability, creating a circle of support and healing.

Kevin Healey hears voices that you don’t and has done for as long as he or his voices can remember.  Founder and coordinator of, Toronto Hearing Voices group and the Hearing Voices Café.

Drawing on skills and experiences gained from three decades of group work in organizations, in peer support and the wider community he develops innovative trainings and workshops that enable others to better understand and support those who struggle with the kind of experiences that get called “psychosis”.

A member of the hearing voices worldwide community, in Oct 2016 was honored to receive the Intervoice annual Award for Innovation at the World Hearing Voices Congress in Paris.


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