Trauma and the Field

 

 

In this experiential workshop, Stefan Jovanovic extends the phenomenological principles underlying constellation work into body-based approaches of working with the nervous system and its somatic awareness. The workshop will alternate between moments of teaching and practice.

 

Who is it for?

This workshop is key for anyone wishing to work with constellations. Participants must have completed (or at least have done the first three modules and two zoom sessions) of the Foundation training (or equivalent). 

What you will learn/ develop.

Embark on a journey of transformation in this workshop designed for students and facilitators of constellation work, where you’ll learn embodied methods drawing on somatic trauma exercises, trauma-safety protocols, and resourcing techniques for issue-holders and representatives. Presented in person for the first time, this new edition focuses on working with trauma timelines using representation and narrative arcs. Stefan will concentrate on themes of personal trauma manifesting through behavioural habits, bodily symptoms, and syndromes.

Day 1: The Autonomic Nervous System and Boundaries

On the first day, you will be introduced to fundamental skills. You’ll learn to track an issue holder’s or representative’s nervous system, recognising signs of activation and dissociation. You’ll also learn what to do if the person’s capacity to work in a constellation format is limited or unavailable. Learn how to pendulate between attending to the individual nervous system and the collective nervous system of the field. These skills will then be applied to understanding how the timeline or “narrative arc” of trauma works in the body. Discover how to work with boundaries and approach trauma stories from a non-linear stance. This will help lessen the impact of the trauma on your client’s life while growing their capacity to be with the difficult emotions and sensations that might arise.

Day 2: Habits and Patterns, Symptoms and Syndromes

On the second day, delve deeper into understanding the physiology of embodied trauma of an issue holder and how it might show up in the field as an expression in collective behaviour. Track an individual’s interoception, exteroception, and proprioception. Teaching on boundary work will be extended to include the use of non-verbal sound and gesture. These skills will then be applied to exercise-based work on how to constellate issues regarding habits, patterns, recurring symptoms, or syndromal behaviours. Both days will alternate between teaching and experiencing, in both pairs and small groups.

 

Costs

The cost for this two-day workshop is £270.

Please note: CSC is a Not for Profit organisation and does not, therefore, charge VAT.

Workshop Dates

This workshop will be held in London, on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 2024, from 10.00 am-5.00 pm.

How to book your place

To book  a please complete the booking process by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button. You will then receive an email confirming your place. If this does not arrive, please contact the office at [email protected], as your booking may not have gone through.

Venue

Siobhan Davies Studios
85 St George’s Road
London, SE1 6ER, UK

The Facilitator

Stefan Jovanović

Stefan Jovanović is a London-based queer and neurodivergent choreographer, storyteller, and the artistic director of Studio Stefan Jovanović. As a first-generation immigrant from the former republic of Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists, and a descendent of transgenerational political persecution, his work and research explores issues of collective trauma, the creation of art that repairs ruptures of personal and archetypal identity through the creation of myth in the search for home and belonging. Stefan is trained in Family Systemic Constellations, Somatic Experiencing® and NeuroAffective Touch®, integrating these therapeutic modalities into creative practice. Creating cultural spaces for healing sits at the core of his practice and life’s work to date. In his therapeutic practice, Stefan fuses learnings from more than a decade of spiritual self-development, plant medicine, somatic sensing, voice-work, dance, bodily release, and trauma healing with visualisation techniques, touch-work, talking, and movement therapy. Stefan works extensively with LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities. In 2016, he assisted Dr. Peter Levine and Betsy Polatin in their workshop Trauma and the Performing Arts.

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