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Resparking: Working courageously with trauma and neglect


Fri April 19th
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
£85.00 – £109.00


Graham Music

Friday 19th April 2024.

ONLINE via Zoom and CATCH-UP for 28 days.

Event Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm GMT (London)/ 11.00am – 5.00pm CET (Paris)/ 5.00am – 11.00am EST (New York).

Tickets: £109 or £99 (full ticketing information at the end of this listing).

Please note this workshop will be delivered on a Friday.

Summary: In this workshop we will explore how we can work with clients whose experience of neglect or trauma means they are lacking “spark” and how we can help to reignite feelings of hope and joy.

*Resparking: Working courageously with trauma and neglect*

Event Description:

This workshop will focus on people (adults and children) who have experienced neglect or trauma and who appear in therapy to be flat, dulled down, even numbed. They may be hard to reach in therapy and challenging to work with. We may find ourselves feeling less than enthusiastic about our work with them.

In this workshop, Graham Music will share his experience of working for 35 years with children and adults, and the research he has undertaken in writing his book “Respark: Igniting hope and joy after trauma and depression” (Jan 2022).

In this workshop we will explore different ways in which our clients might lack spark. In the first part of the day, we will look at the profound effects of neglect (rather than overt trauma). We will look at what the effects are of neglect on the brain, the nervous system and how clients present, as well as the challenges of staying psychologically alive and interested in their presence and drawing them into life.

In the second part of the day, we will look more at the shut-down response after overt trauma, and dissociation, and how this leads to different bodily states in both client and therapist. Such dissociative forms of shut-down will be differentiated from another form of shut-down, that which is seen in forms of depression and learned helplessness which again requires different approaches.

One of the most important elements of trauma work (whether with children or adults) is the need to provide safety and create a secure environment for the work. We also need to be aware of the danger in prioritising safety over finding the courage, at the right time, to challenge defences and deal with trauma.

The implications for our clinical practice will be explored, such as the need for a more careful and embodied practice. Graham will outline some key concepts that can help us in working with this group of people. These include:

  • why energy and spark are so important
  • why we need to be body-aware
  • why we need to become ‘nervous-system whisperers’
  • how we can galvanise hope and become a ‘life-giver’, and
  • why we need courage to work effectively with this group.

The day will be delivered with slides, videos and clinical examples and we will be challenged to think about whether our interventions are effective or challenging enough to enliven and bring hope to those who seem without it.


Graham Music (PhD) is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics, and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His clinical speciality is understanding and working with trauma.

He supervises and teaches nationally and internationally and has a particular interest in linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice.

His publications include Nurturing Natures (2023, 2016, and 2010), Respark: Igniting Hope and Joy after Trauma and Depression, (2022), Affect and Emotion (2022, 2001), The Good Life (2014), Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope (2019), as well as co-editing From Trauma to Harming Others (2021).


Online Workshop: This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Bookings close 24 hours before the start of the workshop , and joining details will be sent to all delegates after bookings close (the Thursday before the workshop between 4pm and 6pm). Please note that by booking a ticket for this workshop, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions for Zoom events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

Catch-up:  This workshop will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed out to all delegates on the Thursday AFTER the event. This recording will then be available to view in your own time for 28 days. Full details are included in emails sent to delegates. After this time the recording will no longer be available, so if you are planning to use the catch-up function, please ensure that you have adequate time to view the recording within this time frame.

Discounted Ticket Price – £99 

Available until Saturday 23rd March, subject to limited availability. Pick this ticket if you are on a reduced income or a student counsellor/psychotherapist. Proof of student or recent graduate status required.

Standard Ticket Price – £109

Available until 11am on Thursday 18 April when bookings close. Pick this ticket if you can afford to pay this, or if all the discounted tickets have been sold.

*Please be aware there are a limited number of tickets at each price point, including where a Super Early Bird ticket price is offered*

Please note that the use of the new subscriber code is limited for each workshop and when the maximum number is reached the code will no longer work.

Ticket Payment: 

Bookings must be paid for either via Paypal, Credit/debit card (via Paypal, no Paypal account required), or bank transfer. All payments via bank transfer must be made by 11am on Thursday 18th April to secure your place! 

CPD Certificates: 

All delegates will be supplied with a CPD Certificate. This will be sent automatically to all delegates on the Thursday AFTER the conference takes place.


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Resparking - Standard
£ 109.00
Resparking - Discounted
£ 99.00