Embodied Self Care: A Neurobiological Approach to Working with Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma (Sussex Psychology Services)

This workshop has been postponed. New dates will be available soon.

This workshop/lecture has been approved by the BPS Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing  Professional Development (CPD).

The course is offered by Sussex Psychology Services.

Course information has been provided by Sussex Psychology Services.

This workshop will show how the capacity for self-care and self-regulation becomes all too easily compromised, particularly when working with highly dysregulated complex clients.


09:00 - 17:00 both days


Recent advances in the field of Neuroscience have revealed that the brain is relational and embodied. This has profound implications for how therapists understand and work with dysregulated mind and body states. While a great deal has already been written about burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, little attention has been given in this literature to the neurobiological impacts brain-to-brain and body-to-body.  Embodied self-care is at the heart of self-regulation; knowing how to monitor and regulate our own nervous system and somatic experience as well as that of our clients is therefore essential. Using insights gleaned from the Neuroscience research and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Dr Harkin will invite us to refine our thinking about the importance and value of embodied self-care. The overall intention of this workshop is to show how the capacity for self-care and self-regulation becomes all too easily compromised, particularly when working with highly dysregulated complex clients.  Through a series of experiential exercises, therapists will learn how to recognise the impact of body-to-body somatic transference and counter-transference both within and outside the consulting room.  They will also learn how to manage their own symptoms of autonomic dysregulation in order to cultivate the healing power of embodied self-care.

This workshop is suitable for Trainee Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, Practitioner Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychiatrists and other trained health professionals. 

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To review the neuroscience that provides a different theoretical perspective on how clinicians understand burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. 
  • To develop an understanding of the theory and practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • To recognise and understand the somatic impacts on the body when working with highly dysregulated clients.  
  • To utilise a range of somatic practices that aim to improve self-care
  • To explore the wisdom of the body as part of their own preventative self-care practice in order to offset burnout, compassion fatigue and/or vicarious traumatisation.

Facilitator: Dr Andrew Harkin

Dr Andrew Harkin is a medical doctor and a sensorimotor psychotherapist, teacher and trainer.  He teaches and delivers training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in the UK and Ireland as well as throughout Europe, Australia and Canada.  He has a special interest in the clinical application of neuroscience research and the role of directed mindfulness in trauma treatment. 

Booking information


£240 for the two-day workshop. The fee includes lunch.
Discounted accommodation has also been negotiated with the Ardington Hotel. 

How to book:

Sussex Psychology Services

Tel.+44 (0)1903 233184

Mon, 30/04/2012 (All day) to Tue, 01/05/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

Sussex Psychology Services

Tel.+44(0)1903 233184

BPS Learning Centre Approved