Soon we will present our speakers.
Who am I in the Here and Now?
Unprocessed traumatic experiences from the past influence our existence, thinking, feeling and acting in the present. In order to survive the psychologically unbearable reality of traumatic experiences, we are compelled to split off the insufferable feelings, and physical sensations and force these into the unconscious and give up our wholeness. From this time on we perceive ourselves and the present reality colored by the "prism of the past". We do not fully realize that the traumatic, life-threatening situation is over and we are unconsciously still in the fight, flight or solidification mode to survive. This prevents us from recognizing our identity and truth in the here and now and consciously perceiving our body and our own will. This has far-reaching consequences for our entire life and relationships and often leads to further traumatization. With the IoPT approach method, these intrapsychic dynamics become conscious. Split-off parts can be integrated. By feeling and recognizing our own identity and truth, we find ourselves in a step-by-step process to our wholeness and live in the here and now. This workshop offers the opportunity to get to know the Intention- Method with means of a practical example.
Marion Adler, Identity-Oriented Psychotrauma Therapy (three-year advanced training and ongoing supervision with Prof. Franz Ruppert), Somatic Experiencing® (Integral Somatic Psychology, Raja Selvam), currently training in NARM (Neuro-Affective Relationship Model, Lawrence Heller).
Dieter Konwiarz, a non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy, identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy (three-year advanced training and ongoing supervision with Prof. Franz Ruppert), Somatic Experiencing® (Integral Somatic Psychology, Raja Selvam), currently training in NARM (Neuro-Affective Relationship Model, Lawrence Heller). Marion and Dieter have been working in their own practice in Königstein near Frankfurt am Main since 2014 (Group and individual therapy).
The identity-oriented psychotrauma theory and therapy (IoPT) in individual setting
The individual setting with clients needs a different framework than a group setting. There are no other resonators, only me as an accompanying therapist and the client, who entrusts me with his request. In an individual setting, the focus is on the encounter between two people and the client is the focus of his concern and needs. The trauma work of the IoPT is a work in small steps and it is important to me that I succeed in establishing a trust and relationship base, so that the client feels safe with me.
In my workshop, I would like to convey how the IoPT can be used as a one-to-one companion and how to ensure a more secure "framework" for the client.
Birgit Assel, social pedagogue and trauma therapist, co-author in the editorial volume of Franz Ruppert "Early Trauma" and author of the online magazine "Rubikon". Since 1998 I have been working in my own practice and since 2009 I have been providing training, advanced courses and supervision.
I must or I am?
The Development of I and Self
Lecture on the subject of his current book: How We Become Who We Are. The emergence of the human self through resonance.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Bauer, born 1951, neuroscientist, physician and psychotherapist (trainer therapist, supervisor), specialist in internal medicine, psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, appointed Professor for Life at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, visiting professor at the IPU Berlin, Director at the European School of Governance EUSG (Berlin)
I do not understand myself yet
Sentences of intentions enable people to be reflected in which body and life experiences have influenced their own identity development, in a positive as well as in a negative sense. Survived mental and physical injuries have as consequences of trauma that the actual connections of unbearable life situations fall apart into themselves and split into the body as partial information. After experiencing trauma, in a survival biography, e.g. Intellectualized survival behaviours progressively take control of an increasingly emotionless survival. Our original ability as an emotional “I”-consciousness with a vitally growing healthy will;
- As a holistic neurophysiological body growth process,
- With a neuropsychological identity development process,
- To experience through the promotion of healthy-intellectual thinking skills, which are sensitively disturbed in the trauma biographic course.
We as humans are energetic beings created by the fusion of the sperm cell in the egg cell, this formation of energy is unique to every human being. From this moment onwards, a great variety of energy flows through our developing body to ensure healthy growth. The progressive growth of the body creates a unique identity in its essential resonance space. The emotional attachment to the mother nourishes this growth, promotes and/or slows down the development. Thus, the bond with the mother provides for counter-resonance, which already carries compassionate acceptance or existentially threatening rejection and thus brings confusion into an originally healthy” I”-resonance. The first traumas arise here and are the basis for the following life trauma experiences. Through regular intention setting, it becomes possible to gently develop a healthy” I” - WILL resonance on a neuronal level. To gradually make a journey back in time to its beginnings, while learning to recognize and give up survival strategies and foreign identifications so that experienced traumas can be clarified and traumatized feelings can be integrated. I am learning to re-understand “Myself” and to accept it in my increasingly empathetic resonances. This creates the basis for mentally-healthy consciousness and a physically healthy neural process. I start living instead of surviving.
Detlev Blecher, born in 1960, graduated social scientist, works in practice in Hannover, his regular seminar offers are in Hanover and Cologne.
Identity, intention and I
These are primary concepts in IoPT work, and have a dynamic relationship with each other in our thinking and our practical work, and we, whether consciously or unconsciously, are always functioning within the framework of these three concepts.
The question, Who Am I?, is a profound and life-long exploratory question. As a life intention, to explore and find out who I am, we make ourselves the centre of our life. Who else should be at the centre of our life? If we make others the centre of our life, we are requiring them to answer this question for us, but no one can truly answer this question for anyone else; others who try only add to the attributions we already carry. Only I can make myself the centre of my life, and far from being a selfish and 'self-centred', narcissistic project, this is an entirely healthy and logical idea. What good am I to anyone else if I am not good to myself? How can I be truly available and loving for my children if I am not truly available and loving of myself?
The relationship within ourselves of these three concepts, identity, intention and 'I' are all we need, and we will use the practical process of the Intention Method in this workshop to explore them and their relationship to each other.
Vivian Broughton has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over 30 years, and has been a close student of Professor Ruppert since 2004. She has written three books, two on Ruppert's work, and is in the process of writing another. She lives and works in London, and travels to Istanbul, Singapore, Berlin and The Netherlands to teach and work. She also runs IoPT Supervision/Support groups for IoPT practitioners in London and Utrecht.
I or (still) us?
Traumas that can happen before birth prevent people from developing their own “I” identity. For the "I" formation and development, the adolescent needs the primary caregiver, the mother. If this is not available emotionally and physically, the counterpart for the” I”-development is missing. If the formation of the "I" has not been able to develop, a later healthy boundary from the mother is not possible and it remains with the symbiotically entangled WE - mother and child. The child's unfulfilled need for love, for being perceived and protected, remains an unconscious search, in further life, for love as a dominant elemental force. It prevents a real perception of healthy needs. An exit from this dependency means to start on your own healthy “I”- development. The workshop offers a self-encounter.
Carena Cristina Common; my path to becoming a trauma therapist began with sculpture and body therapy. My studies in psychology, anatomy, hypnotherapy according to Milton Erickson, osteopathy, Somatic Experiencing after Peter Levine, annual group and seminars with Michaela Huber, sex therapy with Ulrich Clemens, integration of prenatal and perinatal experiences after Ray Castellino, IoPT with Franz Ruppert, in-depth further education IoPT Trauma work with Vivian Broughton, as well as the viewing, understanding, feeling and continuous healing process by integration of my own, early started dream biography, I have paved the way to this wonderful work. I am deeply grateful for that.
I have been working for many years in my own practice in Berlin; the focus of my trauma therapy is the individual work. In parallel, I accompany groups for young adults and offer IoPT with small groups in day seminars.
Do I Want to Suffer or Live?
Diseases and body symptoms can take over our entire lives - so much so, that everything revolves around it. Diseases of the back and musculoskeletal system, respiratory diseases, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases are, according to the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztlicher Association), the most commonly treated diseases in medical practices in Germany. We hope treatments will improve our suffering and thus also our lives. But often the opposite happens: the disease becomes chronic or changes from one body symptom to another. A psychological connection is often not recognized. On the contrary, when asked about our family life, it is supposedly harmonious. A happy childhood, close family ties, pleasant memories are told. Unhappy experiences and feelings are hidden and positively covered up. Does this attitude strengthen the path to suffering? Are we in denial in order not to feel what it was really like? How we really felt? Do we subsequently become victimized and therewith perpetrators unto ourselves? Do we thereby protect our early caregivers and hold ourselves in grief? These questions will be dealt with in the workshop in a short lecture with practical examples from practice and in a self-encounter with the Intention Method. We will explore what has hurt us so deeply that we want to suffer more by only surviving than wanting to live.
Annemarie Denk, Dipl. Soz. Päd. (FH), single, couple and family therapist, health pedagogue, medical studies, hypnotherapy. Since 1998 active in medical practices (focus: pain, stress, relaxation, unfulfilled desire for children, psycho-oncology), in the pain therapy of the Paracelsus Clinic Munich and in private practice. 2012 Advanced training in identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy with Franz Ruppert. Co-author of the book "Early Trauma" and the book "My body, my trauma, my I". Seminars and individual work. Since 2017 lecturer at the KSH Munich.
Practice in München.
How to live your life as a survivor of an attempted abortion?
Is it possible to take life in one’s own hands and live, not only survive - when in fact just existing has been a fight from the very beginning? When your mother’s womb and arms are a dangerous place, the survival strategies that necessarily developed can be very fierce and make your life difficult as an adolescent and adult.
In this workshop I invite you to explore with me the possibility to move from survival towards a freer way of living in good contact with your healthy parts.
Bente Fjeldstad, Traumatherapist of IoPT in Oslo – Norway. Trained with Marta Thorsheim and Prof. Franz Ruppert since 2010. Practice since 2011 in individual and group settings as well as supervision groups. Teacher at the Institute for Traumawork in Norway.
We don’t listen, I don’t matter
“We” as a family might contain a secret code of silence, with “speech restraint” that increased the inability to speak up for ourselves and therefore betraying the “I”. Loyalty to “We” including the parents or authority figures who might put us to shame when we want to ask for what matter most to us, which explained why our “I” don’t matter. So the survival experiences that show up in our daily lives for example, like poor health, lack of wealth, addiction, difficult relationships with others, could be our surviving strategies, to comply with “We”. So when I am ready to choose to focus on myself, that “I” do matter, and to contact with my traumatised emotions, I can gradually begin to regain my autonomy.
Raymond Foong, Identity Facilitator, Counsellor, Founder of System of the Heart Community, Asia.
I – Forever Ashamed and Guilty for Life?
In my practice, I continually, meet people who feel fundamentally guilty: "I'm responsible for everything. I'm to blame for what has been done to me, even though I cannot help it. It is my own fault. “This fundamental guilt is a boundless and therefore merciless impulse: "I must not do anything wrong. I have to be right. I must never be guilty again." Often, this results in a deep yearning for innocence and a lifelong search for a sense of guiltlessness:" If I strive hard enough and do everything right, then ... I just have to be right. "Why is that? Why am I guilty? Why, if I obviously cannot help it? Why, if people always assure me that I'm not to blame? This is based on very early trauma experiences, in which people were disregarded and injured in their natural and healthy feelings of shame - they are deeply ashamed in their existence and identity: "I am exposed, humiliated, exhibited and ridiculed ... I am so full of shame and therefore ashamed of myself. The only thing left for me is to vanish into thin air."
My workshop initially deals with the feeling of shame, a traumatizing shame and the consequent survival mechanism of "guilt". Subsequent work on an intention illustrates these explanations on the basis of an individual case study and seeks a salutary way out of this shame-and-blame dynamic.
Christina Freund, born 1974, 1.Staatsexamen German / History (LA Gymnasium), Diploma social pedagogue with further education on trauma counseling / Trauma pedagogy (Lutz-Ulrich Besser, zptn Lower Saxony) and dream arrangement (Franz Ruppert), since 2009 seminars and individual work in own practice in Munich and since 2012 Lecturer at the KSH Munich.
IoPT and Parenthood
The question often arises: Why IoPT before pregnancy? How should this benefit my child? If the future parents have the courage to work on their own trauma biography, they will rediscover many situations in their lives which reflect their own trauma experiences. If I myself have had a traumatizing birth, but I have never been able to process it, it will very often be the case that my own trauma is reflected in the birth of my own child. It is not possible for the mother and father to be truly present in crucial moments. The overburdening of one's own birth is so strongly activated that emotional/physical contact with one's own child may be broken off. The child then identifies with the mother's trauma feelings to maintain attached. By allowing oneself to go through the feelings of one's own traumatic experiences, an integration of the separated parts begins. Through integration, we can now relate to our body and our psyche differently. This makes it possible to be present during the pregnancy, the birth and the healthy development of the child. Thus, we can perceive ourselves and the child as individuals with feelings and needs. Thus, in connecting with ourselves, it is possible to stay grounded in over-demanding situations according to our own as well as the needs of the child.
Helmut Glas, Munich, non-medical practitioner since 2011, application of the identity-oriented psychotrauma theory (IoPT) according to Prof. Dr. med. Franz Ruppert in individual, group and couple settings, BBT-binding-based consulting according to K.H. Brisch, craniosacral.
Partnership in sexually traumatized women
An early traumatization - the trauma of identity and the trauma of love - is often followed by the traumatization of sexuality. In accompanying people in their trauma biography, we often encounter the trauma triad: not wanted, not loved, not protected. The foundation for the development of a dependent relationship pattern is laid. In early attachment trauma, sexual trauma is exacerbated. In working with clients, I have often seen that if they are sexually traumatized, they also tend to seek out specific partners, where an obvious re-enacting in the relationship, which was experienced in the initial sexual trauma, takes place. When such a relationship comes to an end and no trauma processing has taken place, the next partnership is often similar, despite the negative experiences of the previous relationship. So many women stumble from one difficult relationship to the next. The key to living a healthier relationship is working on one's own feeling of victimization. When one's own victimization has become clear and tangible, the resulting victim identity can be resolved and there is less blindness to potential perpetrators. At the beginning of my workshop, I would like to go into the co-dependent relationship pattern a little bit further and afterward I want to give the opportunity to work with the Intention Method.
Meike Hansen, music therapist (music therapy studies Vienna 1999-2003), life and social counselor, further education in IoPT with Franz Ruppert (2013). Occupational activity in the clinical area and in private practice in Vienna. Publication: Resonance Experiences in Music Therapy from the Perspective of Identity-Oriented Psychotrauma Therapy, Music Therapy Review 2018, Vol.4.
Parents, children and IoPT
Healthy children need healthy parents. Many children suffer from ADHD, neurodermatitis, behavioural problems, and many other symptoms. They express what is going on in the family system and are often misunderstood. Parents put their children in various forms of therapy to make them "normal" again. With the help of the IoPT, it is possible for both children and their parents to approach and get closer to their traumatic life experiences, and perhaps experience for the first time, a stress-free and loving relationship.
Beate Herrmann, born 1965, certified conversation and family therapist (DGfS), training in basic psychology and non-violent communication, continuing education identity-oriented psychotrauma theory with Prof. Franz Ruppert. She has been working in private practice since 2006 with individual clients, children, adolescents and couples with the Intention Method and personal position determination/ coaching in families and organizations. Conducting evening groups, men groups and seminars.
From Entanglement to Development: Possibilities of Restructuring Directed Patterns in the Brain
The neuronal connectivity options initially developed in the human brain are structured after birth on the basis of the experiences made with the respective relational persons. Inevitably, when trying to do so, the potential within the respective patterns of adult-determined relationships results in entanglement. These more or less pronounced entanglements with certain parts of themselves and particularly with the other persons prevent the unfolding of the potential created initially in a person. Therefore, the development, that is, the separation from the actual entanglements, is the crucial and therefore decisive precondition for this process of unfolding to get started again. Such a development would have to be actively pursued by the person in question that is, wanted by the person concerned. With the aim of "to reconnect the disconnected", this requires a reactivation of the parts that are inhibited and thus split off in the form of the respective neural networks. The person in question would then have to rediscover the parts of themselves that they have suppressed in the course of their socialization (such as zest for life, desire to learn, and creative will). Standardized therapies are not suitable for this. The decisive impulse for such a development process is the profound contact with these own suppressed split off parts.
Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther is a biologist and has worked as a professor of neurobiology in research and teaching at the University of Göttingen. As a non-fiction writer and with his contributions in the media, he has become a well-known propagator of neuroscientific findings in public. He is the director of the Academy for Potential Development.
I need to be perfect - the desperate call of an unwanted child!
The truth of being unwanted is unbearable for a child. An unwanted child will do whatever it takes to “feel” accepted, belonged, acknowledged, praised, and etc. Even if the process of attaining the above mentioned may lead to self-destruction. Hence, very often the unconscious pursuit of being perfect, good or nice becomes the ultimate goal to survive. The more one crafts and hones themselves in the pursuit of this ‘perfect’ illusion, the more one distants themselves from their real I. On the outside one may look successful or having a great life but on the inside, there could be a deep void of loneliness and emptiness. This is a real tragedy to the I, extremely suffering and torturous, especially when all the efforts put in is futile to fill up the internal void. This desperate call of an unwanted child must not be taken lightly. Come and explore this topic with me to find back your own true I and Identity.
Lui Jia Huey first begun her journey as a client of IoPT in 2014 and after experiencing life transformational benefits from IoPT she has embarked on her training as a practitioner in 2015. She is now a Leader of the System of the Heart Community to educate and raise awareness on childhood trauma and it resolutions in Asia. She supports her clients through career coaching and IoPT facilitation. She has been running open group sessions twice a month in Singapore since 2017.
I and My Sexuality
As children, many of us were not adequately protected by our parents and as a result, were sexually traumatized in a variety of ways by perpetrators. In sexual trauma, a splitting of body and feelings takes place. Your own body and your own sexual needs are now seen as threatening and hostile. Anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, physical illnesses (autoimmune diseases, tumours, inflammation, sleep disorders, etc.), blocked or destructive sexuality, etc. are frequent consequences of sexual trauma. With the gradual recovery of one's own "I" and "WILL" and the cautious recollection of the experienced traumatization, it becomes possible to feel at home in one's own body, alive and sensual.
Ellen Kersten, born 1969, alternative practitioner and trauma therapist since 1995, own practice in Bad Homburg (near Frankfurt). I offer the IoPT in individual work, in open, permanent groups, groups for young adults (up to 30 years) and supervision. Further education in IoPT takes place every year on 8 weekends.
Trauma within the Professional Context
In this workshop, I explore the question of how traumatization and victim-perpetrator dynamics can manifest themselves in everyday work life. Am I welcome in the team? Do I receive appreciation and recognition? Do I experience competition, devaluation, and ignorance? Does the identity trauma repeat itself, being unwanted and survivor of an abortion attempt in its full scope? As a result, survival strategies such as over-adjustment, increased motivation, and too much responsibility can take over. Other strategies can be withdrawal, occupation of so-called niches in the workplace, inner resignation, and burnout. How can an exit from the perpetrator-victim dynamics succeed, in regard to existence? I will use the IoPT-based approach method to accompany a therapeutic process in this workshop and to show how to gradually achieve a personal exit, step by step, out of the trauma biography.
Birgit Kretzschmar, born 1960, married and mother of three, B.Sc. Health sciences, dance therapist and non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy since 1996, many years working in psychiatry and in private practice, continuing education 2016 in IoPT with Prof. Dr. med. Franz Ruppert, Supervision since 2017 with Vivian Broughton, work with the IoPT in open and closed groups and individual work in Wiesbaden.
My Life now as a Mother
How can I, with my trauma biography, be a good mother for my children? Unfortunately, in crisis situations, we slip into our old survival strategies and those of the parents of the past. With shock, I must now realize something I never wanted, the realization that I am just like them! The symptoms and behaviours of our children remind us - consciously and unconsciously - of ourselves, and our needs in childhood. I fall into the old feeling of powerlessness and despair. After all, I want to be there for my children. It is therefore important to look attentively on these topics and carefully, go step by step from one intention to the next to eventually exit your own trauma biography.
Bettina Kronegger, born 1970, mother of three daughters, Gordon family and personality trainer, WKO certif. Human energist with BodyTalk, IoPT Intention Method, individual and group, after Prof. Ruppert since 2012, co-author in the book "My body, My trauma, My I" by Franz Ruppert, Dipl. Life and social counsellor, independently since 2008 in own practice in Ohlsdorf near Gmunden, Austria.
The Helper Syndrome: Your needs = My Needs
Help is important and the basis of our social co-existence. Selfless action is highly regarded in society. "Selfless" captures the problem with the helper syndrome: Without an own "I", the helper disappears in the "you" and ensures the survival of others. Recognition for self-sacrifice does not make it easy: do we want to help or do we have to help? Therein lies the difference between healthy aid and traumatic conditional need to aid. In many social and therapeutic occupations, helping and lack of clearly defined boundaries are the cause of burnout syndromes. The dilemma of the compulsive helper is unsolvable. The attempt is always to relieve the misery in the wrong place. In every encounter with a new "you", the helplessness from their own childhood is projected. What was absent in childhood: to be unconditionally loved, protected and wanted. Instead, the child had to help the parents, who need the child for their inner emotional security. This is how the child learns from the beginning to satisfy the needs of the parents: I have to be there for you so that I am loved. This need to help creates emotional security and disguises one's own powerlessness which remains for the rest of one's life. Idealized by helpers and society, their own trauma remains unrecognized and constantly re-enacted. This can result in becoming a perpetrator, infringing help, which is unasked or unwanted, up to, feeling victimized, complaining that no one perceives or dignifies self-sacrifice.
The workshop deals with the causes and effects of the helper syndrome in contrast to healthy helpfulness on the basis of case studies from the IoPT. A work with the sentence of intention clarifies these connections.
Ruth Kuczka, MA phil., 53 years old, a non-medical practitioner in her own practice, focus on IoPT in individual and group work, body therapy (HNC), homeopathy, kinesiology; Many years of professional experience as a teacher for difficult adolescents and an own daughter, nurse, palliative companion, and ZDF editor.
Heirs and Inheritances – in Regard to Life or Survival
Inheritance processes offer the opportunity to make a conscious decision. The heritage is not neutral but linked to its history of origins. This often does not make it easy to establish a good relationship with the heir. It becomes even more complex with joint heirs, as the confusion of money and love often comes into play. Inheritance conflicts can be identified and clarified by means of the Intention Method.
Dr. Bernd LeMar, studied business administration and psychology, psychologist, employee, and freelance consultant and coach in business, teaching at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Munich, alternative practitioner for psychotherapy, 2017 training in IoPT after Prof. Franz Ruppert, author: Generation and leadership change in family businesses (Springer Verlag).
Life with Love - Survival without Love
Hans-Joachim Maaz has become known, to the general public through his book "Der Gefühlsstau. Psychogram of the GDR "(1990). Further important books written by him are: "The Lilith Complex" (2003), "The Love Trap" (2007), "The Narcissistic Society" (2012), "Help! Psychotherapy "(2014) and" The Wrong Life "(2017).
Dr. Hans-Joachim Maaz, born 1943. 1980 - 2008 Chief Physician of the Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics im Diakoniewerk (Welfare and Social work), Halle (Saale) and long-time chairman of the German Society for Analytical Psychotherapy and Depth Psychology (DGAPT). He is chairman of the Choriner Institute for Depth Psychology and Psychosocial Prevention (CIT).
The effectiveness of IOPT on autoimmune disease activity
Between September 2019 and June 2020 I will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and I will evaluate the effectiveness of Identity oriented Psychotraumatherapy (IoPT) on the course of the autoimmune disease activity. I have hypothesized that treating trauma behind the illness will have a positive impact upon the disease activity by decreasing the level of intraaggression and dissociation and by increasing the contact with the trauma feelings and consequently, the contact with the body. All the participants (experimental and control) will present pre-, posttest and follow-up medical data regarding their autoimmune disease and will be assessed with a series of measures.
The results of this research will be presented at this workshop.
Maria-Magdalena Macarenco, born in 1976, works in Constanta and Bucharest (Romania) as a clinical psychologist and EMDR accredited therapist, with 19 years of experience in the army and in her private practice. She is a PhD student in health psychology at the Bucharest University, running a research regarding psychotrauma and autoimmune diseases. She is specialized in psychotrauma, trained in EMDR (Richard Mitchell, 2012-2013), systemic constellations (Jutta ten Herkel, 2012-2013), Multigenerational Psychotraumatology (prof. Franz Ruppert, 2013-2015) and Identity oriented Psychotraumatherapy (prof. Franz Ruppert, 2015-2017). Since 2013, she offers constellations seminars using prof. Ruppert method and more recently, she provides trainings in the Intention Method at the Institute for Study and Treatment of Trauma, Bucharest.
Working with the IoPT in in-home Childbirth
Birth is a very challenging and a profound moment for mother and child. In order for the birth, the separation of mother and child, to succeed, the woman must trustingly open herself to the birth process. Therefore a protective and supportive environment is needed. The processes in the brain of a woman during childbirth are similar to the processes in the brain at the time of traumatization. It is not uncommon for obstructed labour - and complications to occur with devastating consequences for mother and child, especially when the woman slides into a re-enactment of her own birth or other traumatic experiences. The woman is in a state of trauma or survival strategy, and we as midwives are very likely to become entangled in the emerging perpetrator-victim dynamics. In these crucial moments, I started to work with the IoPT during birth. It is impressive to see how the birth process can change and how the mother and I, as a midwife, can vividly and mindfully experience the birth. How the birth, which at first, no longer seemed possible without renewed violent interventions becomes a non-violent process. I call working with the IoPT "in real time" avoidance of further trauma.
I will talk about my experiences using IoTP in the field of obstetrics and will offer a self-encounter session with regard to pregnacy or birth.
Lily Anne Maier, born 1977, homebirth midwife and non-medical practitioner since 2003, further education in homeopathy, phytotherapy, fascial therapy, and IoPT.
Living or surviving with ADHD
Many of my young clients have problems at school. They find it hard to be quiet, sit still and concentrate. Sometimes they struggle in relationships. Some are diagnosed with ADHD and use medicine, some are under examination of ADHD. I find it very inspiring when a child can say: «I do not want the medication anymore», during the process of IoPT. They still struggle, but they say they have less physical pain and they have more contact with their own emotions. I will share my experiences from my work with IoPT and children/youths.
Mette Kristine Mehus is working as a trauma therapist and counsellor with IoPT in Norway, she is teaching at the Institute for Trauma Work in Oslo. She also works one day a week as a Public Health Nurse or Primary Nurse, with new-born children and their parents.
Addiction as a way to survive
Being mother of a drug addicted daughter has taught me the hard way to try to understand addiction – be it to alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, work or … My daughter´s meeting with IoPT may have saved her life, even she is still on drugs, now legal from the society.
I want to share from my experience and offer a process of ”Self exploration by my Intention” in this workshop.
Annelise Myras, before entering IoPT and starting her own practice as IoPT Trauma Therapist in Mo i Rana (south of Bodø), she has studied pedagogic and worked as a teacher, also with children with special needs.
The Trauma of Sexuality in a Couple-relationship
Many couples experience closeness and sexuality in partnership unsatisfying, they are occupied with shame or just find sexuality difficult. Body-symptoms and so called sexual disorders indicate a sexual traumatisation, which has not been reprocessed. Those will be unconsciously repeated.
Marion Nebbe lives in Munich and offers IoPT seminars for couples, she is trained in body therapy (G. Boysen), rebirthing, sexual counselling and non violent communication (M. Rosenberg).
How do I Integrate my Trauma-reality?
Through IoPT we gain access to our innermost split off parts of our trauma biography. This will open doors to our trauma experiences. Our reality becomes visible. At the time, when we had to split off our trauma experience we necessarily had to slip into a survival strategy. That's how we have survived.
Due to this conditioning, when these trauma experiences become visible again, there is the riks of activating the same trauma survival strategies. How can we avoid survival strategies and perpetrator-victim dynamics when using IoPT? And how can we still maintain our experienced reality and regulate ourselves with these old and deeply conditioned behaviour patterns?
I am happy to pass on experience from my practice, how we can succeed through mindfulness to get into our own body feelings, gently allowing repressed trauma feelings showing up and coming back to life again.
Ingrid Perg, married and mother of three children, Dipl. life and social consultant, State-approved healing masseur, Dipl. hypnosis practitioner, MBSR – trainer in education, since 2008 working in my own praxis in Lienz. I work holistically in therapy and counselling trough individual and group support in the bonding and trauma-oriented body therapy. Since 2011 further education by Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert, 2014 - 2016 further education in somatic experiencing by Peter Levine, 2017 further education by Prof. Dr. K.H. Brisch – bonding psychology, 2018 - 2020 education in Stress management through mindfulness.
The trauma of the "non-biological child" ( Kuckuckskind)
In this workshop, I will explain this deep-seated trauma. This is about the desperate search for the own "I"-identity and one’s own place in life. The mystery of denied paternity leads to a variety of difficulties in one's own family system, in the environment and subsequently in own relationships. Frequently, affected persons feel that they do not belong, feel bad, are unstable and feel blockages in interpersonal contact. They feel strange in their own family, in other groups and social contacts. The ability to bond with other people is characterized by uncertainty and unstable self-esteem. These children have two fathers, one social and one biological. It can bring liberation when the truth finally gives way to a lie. From my own biography I have experienced deep healing through the constellation work. In my workshop, I want to exchange my own experience, as well as the effects of other family secrets with the participants. There is the opportunity to experience a corresponding individual, thematic constellation.
Gila Ring, born 1954, mother of 3 adult children, systemic single couple and family phlebotomist (IFW), teaching therapist (IFW) with Prof. Müller-Egloff Munich, respiratory therapist, supervisor with 3-year body-therapeutic intensive training (urodynamics) with Gabriell St.Claire and Michael Please. Since 2011 further education with Prof. Franz Ruppert with the multigenerational trauma therapy and the identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy (IoPT). Own seminars since 1995. Since 2008 living in Switzerland with own institute.
IoPT in Individual Work
Through the reflection and reactions of a compassionate counterpart, consciousness and knowledge arise to enable growth. In my workshop, I show how individual work succeeds in revealing the splitting of the psyche and presenting its dynamics externally. Depending on the client's request, I let the delicate body work (according to BODYNAMIC) flow into the ongoing process. Following the individual work there is room for questions and exchange.
Sophie Ruhlig, born 1966 in Braunschweig, studies in Stuttgart, 2012 further education in the identity-oriented Psychotraumatheorie (IoPT) of Prof. Dr. med. Franz Ruppert. I continue to develop and learn as a representative, intervision and further education by Franz Ruppert. Since 2012 I am a certified BODYNAMIC © user (body-oriented developmental psychology according to Lisbeth Marcher) and since 2015 my own private practice in Munich in individual and group work. Since 2017 I offer my psychological support monthly in Hamburg. Under my direction, there is an open seminar for women in Munich every month and furthermore, I organize, among other things, annually a seminar with Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert in Hamburg.
What do I want: Life or survival?
Psychotrauma makes trauma survival strategies necessary. Therefore, it may be that people, in many areas, from the beginning of their life, function in trauma survival mode. In this respect, reality is not recognized as such; it is perceived, felt and thought of as distorted. As a result, this makes life and cohabitation stressful and dissatisfying. How, then, can we live a good life and exit our trauma biography? In the lecture on Friday I will summarize my findings about the difference between a healthy identity and a life in the modus of identification. In the lecture on Saturday, I will describe the current status of the Intention Method and explain the procedure. On the basis of concrete casework, the Intention Method is practically demonstrated.
Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert, born 1957 is the founder of the Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Theory and Therapy (IoPT) and developer of the Intention Method. He is the 1st Chairman of the Association for Promoting Healthy Autonomy Development of People e.V., numerous publications translated into various languages, lectures and seminars worldwide.
Compassion with the Traumatized I
In my therapeutic work, I increasingly accompany people who prenatally, had to experience, that they were basically not wanted, or at least did not meet the expectations of the parents. This means that in one's own life, wanting to be noticed, developing one's own identity means being faced with a 'no' or an unfulfillable claim. Thus, an adaption to the traumatized mother begins in the time of pregnancy. In this process, predominantly, the gaze of the mother and her (trauma) feelings become an integrated part of one's own identity. Therapy then shows that it is almost impossible to differentiate one's own pain from that of the traumatized mother and thus have a compassionate view on one's own trauma. This manifests itself in the present, both in the expression of the psyche and in physical symptoms, relationship dynamics, and many more areas. How can one come into contact and compassion with one's own traumatized self or recognize confusion?
In addition to the theoretical introduction, this workshop will provide an opportunity for a self-encountering process.
Cordula Schulte, born 1952, non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy in her own trauma therapeutic practice in Essen. 2009 Continuing education, identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy and theory at Franz Ruppert in Munich, since then regular training, seminars and supervision, conference workshops. Therapeutic work both as individual and group work, supervision, IoPT training, lecturer (DPS), co-author "Early Trauma".
I feel, so I am
"I think, so I am" is a common trauma survival strategy. The overemphasis of the logical mind up to the identification with it is an expression of deep self-alienation, which stands at the beginning of the so-called identity trauma. Thinking disassociated from feeling cannot provide a healthy orientation, neither to the individual nor to society. Those who begin to feel themselves again create the basis for a constructive existence in and with the world. A living being, in which one's own feelings pulsate one's own thinking.
Alice Schultze-Kraft, non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy, working in private practice in Kleve, many years of intensive pre-and perinatal psychology, working for 10 years on the basis of IoPT in groups and individual sessions, co-founder of the "Center for Potential Development".
Alice-Schultze Kraft, non-medical practitioner in psychotherapy, runs her own private practice in Kleve. Identity-constellations based on identity oriented psychotrauma theory in group as well as individual sessions, co-founder of the “Centrum für Potentialentfaltung” (Center for Development of Individual Potential) in Kleve.
Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises
Can we meaningfully support the IoPT in resolving the split between body and psyche from the physical side? Our first split is between body and mind. It is not without reason that fitness studios are booming as a survival strategy. Dramatic consequences of this first split: Body trauma therapy does not automatically heal our psyche, and IoPT does not automatically resolve our embodied traumas. How do we treat it therapeutically? In support of eliminating the split between body and mind, our workshop - based on the IoPT - offers self-use "Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises" after intense IoPT constellations. The participants in the workshop envision a trauma that has appeared in their own IoPT constellation and then specifically focus on the physical level. They learn to use the self-healing powers of the body to directly shake off the trauma energy of previously envisioned trauma - which were already processed with the IoPT-traumas.
Margrit Senn, identity-oriented therapy based on the concern method (Prof. Franz Ruppert), TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises after Dr. David Bercelli), Authentic communication - The adult human, child and horse (Klaus F. Hempfling), Communication / Presentation (Dale Carnegie Trainings amongst other things), Team Dynamics and Moderation (Jens Wiedmann), Energy Work (Zarah Flaschberger, Academy for Awareness Development, etc.), Naturopath schooling Verimeer.
Ewald Dietrich, graduate pedagogue, Gestalt therapist, personnel and organizational developer, educated amongst other things, in various forms of constellation work, non-violent communication and positive aggression. Presently, and with increasing pleasure, I am encountering myself with the help of the IoPT and open these possibilities also for others. I like to experiment with the inclusion of other methods that fit, for me, with the IoPT.
The difference between saying YES! to Life and YES! to Survival
What is the YES! to life and how does it get injured? What is the YES! to survival and why is it preferable to saying YES! to life. What are the consequences of these YES!
During the workshop we will explore the effects of psychotrauma on the health of our biology, our psychology and our relationships. We will also consider the consequences of living in survival and our capacity for healthy choices. The workshop will also offer IoPT sessions.
Alexandra Smith has a 25 year career working with individuals and groups and has trained in IoPT with Professor Ruppert. She offers IoPT Intention Therapy seminars and workshops both in UK and overseas.
Alexandra Smith has trained in several therapeutic practices connected with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and also Transactional Analysis and Neural Linguistic Programming. She is registered with the National Council for Psychotherapists (NCP Snr Accred.), licensed with the British Psychological Society and a member of the British Association for Person Centred Approach.
Exploratory study of IoPT
The current study’s aim is to explore the value and experiences of Identity oriented psychotrauma therapy (IoPT) in light of the concerned parties’ experiences with the method, i.e. therapists/facilitators, intention makers, resonators and observers.
An explorative, grounded theory approach with a qualitative design, including individual interviews and focus groups with the mentioned parties, are used to collect and analyse data. Further sources, such as literature and field notes from an international training in IoPT are used as additional data sources for a more comprehensive understanding of IoPT. Preliminary results will be presented at the conference.
Sigrid Stjernswärd, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Sweden, Associate professor, Senior lecturer, PhD, MSc & Psych. Nursing, RN, Bachelors’ degrees.
Sexual Glorification of Violence as Trauma Survival Strategy
Glorifying violence in sexuality is a perpetrator attitude that has become a social problem. Nowadays, in Germany, for every freely available pornography on the web, the legalization of prostitution, (and as if that were not enough), sex flat rates are available in brothels, which supports this attitude even more. Sexual violence is legal and normal. The traumatizing effects on children and adolescents are not yet clear, but it is clear that a survival strategy that does not just sanction violence, but even glorifies it, has far-reaching consequences for the victims and the perpetrators. Who am I without violent "sexual permissiveness"? Who am I without acceptance of prostitution and pornography? Prudish? Boring? Stuffy? Not wanted? Not loved? Where are my limits? What do I really want? What did I experience?
A constellation workshop based on the IoPT.
Andrea Stoffers, born in 1963, non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy in private practice, teaching therapist VfP, author, event manager, mother, woman, human. For many years in cooperation with Franz Ruppert (Seminars in Neuss, Supervision, Munich Congresses).
Healthy Self-love as the Basis for a Good Life
In my workshop, we will approach the topic of "development of self-love" in theory and in practice. In recent years I have developed, on the basis of the IoPT, an own "I"-centered, trauma-solving and reconnecting-oriented support process. While the client gradually encounters their inner parts, I am in constant empathic resonance with the inner psychic and neuro-affective condition through verbal reflection, mentalization and psychoeducation. I support and encourage the client, during their "I"-encounter, to open themselves up again to their repressed emotional world, so that compassion can flow to the injured child of the past and self-connection becomes possible. In the resonance-influenced self-oriented identity constellation with the Intention Method, there is the possibility that we encounter our inner psychic dynamics in a 3-dimensional space through the enacting of resonance-giving representatives and thereby encountering ourselves.
Anyone who wants to engage deeper into the ability to love and self-love can find more detailed information under the web link below.
Dagmar Strauss, born born in 1962, three adult sons. Since 1988 alternative practitioner and since 1991 in private practice. Several advanced training courses since 2010 and regular internships in the practice of Prof. Franz Ruppert until 2017, where I was able to accompany the development of the IoPT intensively. Further education in Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine), NARM (Laurence Heller), Binding Psychotherapy (Karl-Heinz Brisch), Binding Body Psychotherapy (Thomas Harms). Since 2012 regularly leading own groups and since 2017 a 2-year further education in "Identity and I-Development".
My money and I
The impact of money problems extends to all areas of your identity. It affects a person's ability to function normally. The way of thinking about money and wealth is often passed down through generations. This is often related to feelings of shame and fear. Money issues are also associated with family problems that may have roots in childhood trauma.
In my workshop, I would like to share with you my experiences working with clients on money issues using IoPT with the concern method.
Rebecca Szeto has been studying with Prof. Franz Ruppert, author and developer of the IoPT, since 2001. She has followed his profound developments for 18 years, participated in evening meetings and the psychotrauma therapy workshops She also took part in the Advance Training for Multigenerational Psychotraumatology in Oslo, Norway 2013.
Rebecca has offered IoPT seminars and talks in Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Tunisia, the Middle East and Brazil. In 2019, Rebecca Presented the IoPT and the concern method at three International Conferences (University of Hong Kong, Tunisia and Brazil).
Functional object or living subject?
I have always felt a core life force from within wanting to live, love, enjoy and being expressed and another over layered force that suppressed and overlapped it, keeping me in survival mode.
During my work shop I will share my experience from myself and clients, how we may recognize this dynamics in our lives, and by IoPT go beyond.
Marta Thorsheim is IoPT Psychotraumatherapist and -trainer, offering IoPT trainings, lectures and processes with the Intentionmethod, nationally and internationally. Before entering the field of psychotherapy I studied and worked within international business and change management.
Yes to Life
This workshop is for those who want to make a step forward, using the Method of Intention, to say Yes to their own truth, to their own healthy structures. For those who are dedicated to their own will that can refresh their energy and fulfilment. Yes, you are welcome!
I am like you. I said Yes to life, Yes to develop myself, Yes to go further even when I thought I could not make it, Yes to many methods to heal traumas, Yes to the method of intention that brought me the best results. Now, I am ready to say Yes again to those who accept my guidance towards their health.
Diana Vasile has been practicing trauma psychotherapy for more than 19 years. She earned her PhD studying family traumas, resilience and posttraumatic growth. She is professor, speaker and trainer, teaching and talking about people’s potential and how trauma impacts it and transforms our identity and health. Diana is the co-founder and the president of The Institute for Trauma Study and Treatment in Bucharest, Romania, a leading institution in trauma psychology and psychotherapy.
Loving or Surviving in a couple relationship?
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Margriet Wentink, born 1963. Training in NLP and hypnotherapy, child therapy and art history. Training and supervision at Franz Ruppert since 2005. Co-author of the book: "Early trauma". Two books about more generational trauma in the Netherlands.
Wim Wassink, born 1944. training in special education, individual psychology and NLP. Supervision at Franz Ruppert.
Since 1996, Margriet and Wim have their own center for multi-generational psychotraumatology operating in Interakt in Tiel (NL), since 2006, they work with the method of Franz Ruppert which they have introduced in the Netherlands. Together they have translated several books of Franz Ruppert into Dutch. They offer individual therapy, group seminars and training in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Practice in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
According to estimates by the initiative "Roses Revolution Germany", in 2016 every fourth clinical obstetrics institution, violence was experienced during childburth. With the presentation of these results of my Bachelor thesis, I want to draw attention to these abuses in the German obstetrics. To this, I would like to introduce you to the forms in which those affected, experienced violence during childbirth, and explain the effects of these traumatic experiences with the help of the psychotrauma model by Prof Franz Ruppert. What are the psychosomatic consequences of the expectant parents? What awareness do newborns have for the use of medical interventions? What are the consequences for mother-child bond? How does the trauma of one's own perpetration affect the obstetricians themselves? Following up on the question of the effects, it will be shown why obstetric violence is practiced and why a natural and self-determined birth should be pursued. How do victim-perpetrator dynamics, through psychotrauma, affect the awareness of wrongdoing of the acting participants? What influence does the dualism of body and psyche have from conventional medicine? Which structural problems exist in clinical obstetrics? Which solutions can be used to promote a non-violent, natural and self-determined birth? In the course of the presentation, I would like to answer questions on the subject of violence and trauma during childbirth and contribute to the clarification of this socially relevant topic.
Mischa Witteck, born 1988 in Bielefeld, Germany, social pedagogue and father.
Identity Trauma and Aging
In addition to many other phenomena, identity-traumatized people find aging a powerful challenge - whether it's their own aging process or that of their parents. I would like to, herewith, focus on the aging mother. Here it becomes very evident how pronounced the identity of the, meanwhile, "adult child" is. With a low stability of one's self, the "child" is triggered by the mother's increasing need for help. The adult person feels the same threat as in childhood. This creates a compulsion for the "child" to have to care for the mother. The person is again under enormous pressure, on the one hand to meet the maternal needs and on the other hand, the social expectation. Without identity, there is no exit from this dynamic.
Martina Wittmann, born in 1960, a nurse, teacher of nursing professions, 1994 Foreign assignment on "Care Germany" in the refugee camp of the Republic of Congo during the genocide in Rwanda. 1998 further training as supervisor. 2002 advanced training with Prof. Dr. med. Franz Ruppert, since 2004 seminars and individual work in IoPT in own practice in Augsburg.
Trauma and Money
In this workshop, I invite you to explore the root behind money issues and the emotions behind it with IOPT. Money is just a form of exchange for things or services. Money in itself carries no emotions and is just a mean to an end. Yet we attach emotions like guilt, sadness, anxiety, feeling not good enough, helplessness due to debt, sacrificing in order to give money, fear and betrayal. What has happened that caused us to attach these emotions to money and giving money the power to rule our lives?
Christine Foong Wong, IOPT practitioner and trainer, pioneer of IOPT in Asia, founder of System of the Heart supporting the IOPT community in Singapore and Asia.
My Body, My Home?
When we are traumatized, we lose emotional contact with ourselves. Instead of feeling vitally embodied, the body and psyche appear separated. Our body becomes a 'commodity' that should function in daily life. Maintaining this alienation costs a lot of energy; at the same time, symptoms often become the sole means of expressing our stressed body. Only when we are ready to turn our attention to ourselves can we fully 'inhabit' our bodies again. The psyche and the body can come back into contact, by feeling. The Intention Method gives us the opportunity to encounter ourselves with empathy and sensitivity. In the workshop, there shall be an opportunity for practical work.
Catherine Xavier, born 1974, studies in Giessen and Berlin, alternative practitioner, identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy according to Prof. Franz Ruppert in individual and group work & Somatic Experiencing according to Dr. med. Peter Levine. Practice for psychotrauma therapy in Berlin.