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Complex and developmental trauma webinars

July 23 @ 4:00 pm - July 31 @ 7:00 pm

$400 – $560

The Snow White Model webinars flyer

Complex and developmental trauma: The Snow White Model

with Naomi Halpern, CQSW, Grad Cert Human Rights

Hosted by Delphi Training and Consulting, Australia

Four x3 hour webinars, 23-24-30-31 July 2021

Once-upon-a-time, if Snow White presented to a psychiatrist with her experiences of attempted murder, talking animals, whispering trees and seven dwarves, she would likely receive a diagnosis of hysteria, psychosis, schizophrenia or conversion disorder.

Today, through a trauma-informed lens grounded in neuroscience, we would ask not, “What is wrong with Snow White?” Rather, we would wonder, “What happened to Snow White?” In asking carefully, sensitively and respectfully, we would learn of her history of complex and developmental trauma; the loss of her mother at birth, attachment disruption, neglect, betrayal and family violence.

Betrayal by those who should provide safety and security sets in motion the development of complicated attachment styles and seemingly insurmountable internal and external conflicts. These conflicts manifest in a myriad of emotional, physical and psychological symptoms and behaviours. While protective in function, these defenses limit potential and fulfilment.

Drawing upon several theories, models and approaches, including her book co-authored with Dr Colin Ross, Trauma Model Therapy (2009), Structural Dissociation theory (2006) , developed by Van Der Hart, Nijenhuis and Steele, and Internal Family Systems therapy model (2020) Schwartz and Sweezy, Naomi will explore the development and function of “Getting on with Normal Life” parts and “Traumatized” parts (Fisher, 2017) as adaptive survival responses.

Harnessing the fairy-tale of Snow White as a metaphor, Naomi will introduce each character in the story as a ‘part’ of Snow White, protecting her from the pain of overwhelming trauma, abuse and neglect. In a non-pathologizing approach, she will present tools and practical interventions to identify ‘parts’ and assist them to heal attachment and trauma based conflicts.

The concepts and approach presented are applicable to any diagnosis. Using video, case examples and exercises, Naomi will illustrate complex presentations in an engaging and easy to understand approach, enabling participants to identify and apply what works for whom, and when.

For details and registration go to: https://delphicentre.com.au/22-2019-halpern-new-zealand/program-10/

Early Bird, Group, and Student Discounts are available. Please note that prices are in Australian dollars.

Register Early!


July 23 @ 4:00 pm
July 31 @ 7:00 pm
$400 – $560


Delphi Centre