The purpose of this workshop is to explore the impact of trauma with specific consideration to the neurological impact this has on information processing and potential links with aggression. The workshop will argue that trauma may result in a person experiencing heightened arousal and that as a result aggressive responses may not always be experienced at a cognitive level and that as a result, interventions designed to reduce aggression may benefit from assisting clients to process emotional information.
The workshop will discuss how standard CBT treatments designed to target aggression fail to directly address trauma and emotional arousal and how EMDR could be used as an additional strategy for the management of emotions, arousal reduction and increased inter-hemispheric activity to assist in logical decision making and the reduction of limbically driven responses for clients who present with aggression
The workshop will instead present a new group based EMDR intervention for emotional arousal in clients with a history of violence, complex PTSD, Personality Disorder and Mental Illness. The workshop will provide practical examples of how the group is delivered and how EMDR is incorporated into the treatment intervention which attends to all of the factors associated with aggression.
Dr Worthington is a Senior Lecturer on the Masters in Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, leading on the assessment and treatment of Violent and Sexual Offenders. She has written a chapter in a book entitled 'Violent and Sexual Offenders: Assessment, Treatment and Management' (Willan, ISBN-13: 978-1-84392-382-4) and she was an author of the Life Minus Violence (LMV) cognitive behavioural treatment programme and is a trained as a facilitator in this programme.
She is currently employed as a Consultant Forensic Psychologist at a secure hospital and is the Team Leader for the Enhanced DBT individual and group skills training. She is also a certificed therapist in Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) as recognised by the ISST and is trained to deliver both individual and group schema therapy. She is a Certified Practitioner in EMDR and specialises in working with clients who present with a history of trauma and violent behaviour.