The Centre for Healthy Autonomy is owned and run by Vivian Broughton, and offers workshops and education courses in Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Therapy (IoPT), facilitated by Vivian and other IoPT practitioners.
IoPT is the trauma work developed by Professor Franz Ruppert of the Munich University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany. To find out more about the Centre click here.
This work is based on an understanding of what trauma actually is, the internal dynamics involved and the real possibilities of healing. The theoretical framework, while standing on much thinking that has gone before, is quite new and groundbreaking, and calls into question many basic assumptions of psychotherapy as it is widely practised. To find out more about the theory click here.
Since the focus at the Centre is psychological and emotional trauma, I am keen that the Centre provides a comfortable and welcoming environment, where participants can feel at ease. There is a gallery of photographs to show the ambience of the Centre.
Next year (2020) there will be two Introductory Courses, one to start in February and one in September, facilitated by Maria Green, Limor Regev Peretz and Lucy Jameson. The courses will cover the basic theory of IoPT, and provide a forum for personal exploration. The annual advanced Education Course is facilitated by Vivian Broughton, and includes provision for those interested in learning to be a facilitator of The Intention Method based on IoPT theory. The next course starts in January 2020.
The more we explore trauma within the IoPT framework, the more we understand that all of our fundamental and primary life concerns are profoundly affected by the traumatic experiences of our early life.
These primary life concerns include our ordinary daily activities, our eating habits, our relationships, our physical fitness or ailments, our working capacity, our sexuality and gender concerns, our sense of trust, safety and wellbeing... and all of these follow through into our family, our children, our work, our society, our culture, our politics, and all other engagement with our world. New research is now finding that early psychological traumas have a long term effect on all of these things... most importantly our ability to have a happy and healthy life, and feel able to contribute in a good way towards our current family and our society.
The work of developing good theories of trauma, attachment, and relationships continues. No one fully understands everything about trauma yet, but our underlying distress as a result of trauma is lived out in our society every day. The current formal diagnostic category of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is extremely limited, and in our view quite inadequate to cover the far-reaching effects of traumatisation, particularly very early, even pre-birth, trauma. So we view our work as an ongoing research project.
In addition we are clear that currently we as a society are seriously under-informed and under-educated about the issue of traumatisation. In our view trauma is not a topic just for professionals. Everyone would understand themselves better if they were educated on the topic of psychological trauma. To this end Vivian published a simple book, Becoming Your True Self: a Handbook for the Journey from Trauma to Healthy Autonomy, which is currently in its third revision and update, and is available through all good online bookshops.
Our overall interest is in the development of a truly trauma-aware society, where practitioners in the professions of law, social services, medicine, politics, economics, management, human resources etc, understand how individual trauma influences the everyday behaviour of CEOs and employees alike, of the wealthy and those in poverty, indeed everyone on the planet. To understand the societal impacts of trauma see the video above, entitled Who am I in a Traumatised Society?
Vivian Broughton's book, Becoming Your True Self: a handbook for the journey from trauma to healthy autonomy. Now also available on video... go to Vivian's website.
The latest book by Professor Franz Ruppert looks at the impact of emotional trauma on our society, and the traumatising effect of society on our personal lives.