What makes a trauma traumatic? : A talk by Owen Hewitson in Manchester on 8th February 2019.

by Julia Evans on December 29, 2018

Hosted by North West Regional Psychotherapy Association

Further information https://www.nwrpa.org.uk/or here NWRPA


The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
454 Barlow Moor Road
M21 0BQ

Time : From 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Title : What makes a trauma traumatic?

by Owen Hewitson
Friday 8 February 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Trauma often appears to be a very broadly-spread notion in psychotherapy, leading ‘trauma’ to have been ascribed to all kinds of experience, from birth, to sex, to war, and even to love. Often we find ourselves trying to locate a single event, and one of a specific magnitude, at the aetiology of a trauma. And yet we know that this choice is always somewhat arbitrary if we cannot account for how that event was inscribed, metabolised, or worked-through by the individual. This talk will argue that trauma is never simply about a single event, and that talking therapies reach a limit if they attempt to deal with trauma through speech alone. We will consider what the conditions for a ‘traumatic’ experience might be, the mechanism behind its action, and the most effective techniques for its handling in clinical settings.

Owen Hewitson is a PhD candidate in Psychoanalysis at the University of Middlesex and runs LacanOnline.com


Julia Evans


Further posts:

Lacanian Transmission here

Some Lacanian history : here

Of the clinic : here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Jacques Lacan in English or here

Translation Working Group here

Use of power here

By Owen Hewitson here

By Greg Hynds: here

By Julia Evans: here