Another fantastic group of people attended this York event with full attendance numbers too! Good input from those present including from delegates from women's support organisations, Mind, Yorkshire schools and West Yorkshire Police among others. Many thanks to everyone who took time out to attend, for the contacts received for organisations that could find this beneficial, and to the staff at YHA York for their support in setting this up and preparing the hot and cold working lunch buffet for us all.
Some feedback left on the forms provided as to how delegates felt they benefitted is below. If you would like to leave an additional comment, please do so below. Thanks again!
"Good balance of practical info about process and practical help. Very relevant and useful. Good for non-specialists to get this knowledge."
"Clarification of symptoms and helpful strategies to implement in a school setting."
"Thank you for your professionalism & excellent honest delivery. Also the materials are excellent. From a professional perspective: helped me to remember to approach each session with "newness; each session is different to the last for that person"
"Will be able to use grounding techniques with pupils when experiencing anxiety. Useful information to offer support to the young people I work with."
"Gave me a greater understanding & knowledge of dissociation"
"Greater awareness of my own behaviours; particularly relevant in dealing with son's behaviours associated to trauma. I feel much more aware of how I had wanted to have labels to attach to behaviours. I feel I can work more empathically with my clients. Hopefully use/think more about "what if" & like the grounding - bringing back into the space techniques. Great workshop - thank you, Julie. Excellent lunch too!"
"Learning of different dissociations etc - things I was not aware of."
"I've worked with women with DID previously and it's always useful to have reminder training of what it is and hear a survivor's perspective rather than from a professional's as I can embed this into my work/support."
"Practical tips, confidence in what I already do; good hearing lived experience. Excellent. Thank you for the personal story which very much resonated with my own journey with dissociation. Best training I've been on because I felt like you were embodied and not just giving tips but actual lived experience. I liked the approach of trying things and no necessarily having all the answers, but techniques we can experiment with."
"Useful information for difficult situations. Would be useful for adoptive parents to hear."
"Learning first hand experiences of what dissociation feels like. Very useful - thank you for sharing."
"Lots of strategies and techniques I hope to use in my work. Greater awareness of trauma and dissociation. Really inofrmative. Thank you."
"Good insight into personal experience techniques."
"Gained further understanding of how to recognise signs of trauma and respond in healthy ways."
"Very useful information to use in work/pass on to other members of staff."
"Consolidating my knowledge and opportunity to discuss. Will support me in my practice as a social worker. Given me the confidence to discuss trauma with other professionals when advocating for my cuostomer. Thank you very much and best wishes on your journey. An excellent training day!"
"Deeper awareness of what people who have experienced trauma need to feel supported and heard. Reassurance of my practitioner techniques and how these may be used on a way that is helpful. Thank you for sharing your personal story. Overall a very informative and enjoyable day."
"Realisation that not all dissociation is D.I.D. That people can have dissociation and not have multiple personalities presenting."
"A better understanding of dissociation and the implications"