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Piloting a Complex Trauma Pathway in a front line crisis service - a model for working therapeutically with people too 'unstable' for therapy


Much of the thinking around dissociation and complex trauma comes from counselling and psychotherapy practice. However, many of the most ‘complex’ traumatised people cannot access therapy, being either unable to afford it, or because they’re seen as ‘too unstable’. Such people often repeatedly end up in crisis and emergency services, where all too often they’re re-traumatised by workers and processes that are not sufficiently trauma-informed. By bringing into awareness the relational dynamics at play, however, it’s possible to offer people a safe and containing ‘holding’ of their distress, and also a genuinely therapeutic experience that offers an alternative to the standard case management/psychotherapy models. This poster display offers an outline of how Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis service has successfully piloted a model for doing exactly that.

Presenter: Richard Barber

Richard Barber is the Operational Director and Complex Trauma Lead at Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service, an organisation with extensive experience of providing frontline crisis support to people who’ve experienced trauma in many forms, including organised and ritual abuse. Richard has been with the organisation for nearly twenty years, in which time he’s worked with and alongside many dissociative and ‘complex’ survivors of trauma, collaborating on ways to improve practice and service delivery.