At 2018 AAR | Trauma, Empathy and the Body: An Experiential Workshop for Practitioners
This experiential workshop provided an opportunity for the members of Psychology, Religion, and Culture Group to learn about how they inhabit their bodies as caretakers and the distinct roles that their bodies play in this work. Additionally, this workshop illustrated the impact of the sympathetic nervous system, including how a practitioner’s body inadvertently assumes the bodily expressions of trauma that a client/parishioner presents. The aim was to provide a reflective, interactive session exploring how work experiences intertwine with personal embodied responses. The session was not intended to be a proxy for therapy but rather a relaxed forum for learning.