Trauma Incident Reduction is a Powerful Technique that is used to address the aftermath of Traumatic experiences. TIR is a rapid (compared to traditional therapy) method of effectively reducing Traumatic stress from emotionally and/or physically painful events. It involves re-visiting past Traumas and then detaching the emotional charge associated with the event in a completely safe environment; free from distractions or judgement. The value of this approach was appreciated by other professionals and a training program was developed. Louw Alberts together with TIRA international are training up Trauma workers in South Africa by providing these Trauma Workshops.
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*The Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA) will issue attendance certificates to successful Attendees of TIR, EA and LSR workshops. (These are recognized in many European and American countries.)
TIR is a pre-requisite for doing the EA, LSR and TIR for Children workshops
TA is a pre-requisite for doing the Advanced TA and Adult Survivors workshops
Workshops are presented from 8.30 – 16.00 every day
An early-bird discount of R200 will be given if full payment is received two weeks prior to the start of a workshop
A deposit of R1000 per attendee is required upfront to confirm your booking
If the attendee cancels within a week before the workshop, the deposit will be retained against a subsequent workshop
Traumatic Incident Reduction(TIR) is a deceptively simple but highly skilled technique which, when used by a competently trained facilitator, has proven to be effective in addressing and resolving most of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other unwanted aftereffects of Trauma.
When a person has been badly traumatized, he/she goes through a psychological process of coming to terms with the experience. This process usually includes a stage which is marked by nightmares, flashbacks, startle responses and other un- pleasant symptoms which typically last for a few months. Eventually these symptoms cease, the incident becomes part of the life history of this person who can then proceed with life in a normal way. Sometimes this integration process is not complete and the sufferer may experience unpleasant symptoms for the rest of his life – often with disastrous consequences. This condition is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The National Registry of Evidence Based Practices (NREPP), which is a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the USA acknowledges TIR as one of the accepted effective techniques to address Trauma and PTSD in USA war veterans.
In order to address this situation, TIR was developed in the 1980’s by two American professionals; Gerald French, an educational psychologist, and Frank Gerbode, a psychiatrist. In the course of their work they counselled many ex-combatants of the various wars in which the United States has been involved. These veterans often suffered from severe emotional problems, and were not functioning adequately in society, even many years after their wartime experiences.
By using TIR, Gerbode and French could help these individuals, within a relatively short time, to come to terms with their experiences and to re-enter society successfully.
TIR is based on classical psychological theory, but also uses the major insights gained by research in psycho-biology and psycho-neurology in the late nineteen-hundreds. Since then, TIR has been implemented in all 50 USA States, every province of Canada as well as in Argentina, Australia, Belgium. Bermuda, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Palestine, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, Tobago, Trinidad and the Ukraine. In South Africa, about 1000 people have been trained in the use of this method.
What really distinguishes this way of helping people from other methods is that it is entirely person-centred, but highly directive. The client is referred to as a “viewer” and the counsellor/therapist as a “facilitator”.
The value of this approach was appreciated by other professionals, a training programme was developed, and TIRA (Traumatic Incident Reduction Association) came into being. TIRA is the international governing body of TIR.
In 2000, Gerald French presented the first training programme on TIR in South Africa (where he later settled). Yvonne is one of the first trainees who were introduced to TIR in South Africa. She did her internship under Gerald French and has been using the method for the last 17 years with great success. After qualifying as a TIR Trainer, she presented many TIR workshops to other professionals.
The workshop runs over four days. The intensive interactive training includes theoretical and practical aspects as well as the illustration by way of DVD’s of real TIR sessions to thoroughly prepare attendants for the application of the TIR technique.
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