Exploring the Individual and Systemic Intersections
27 & 28 March 2021

A two-day training lab exploring the intersections of individual and systemic trauma.

Trauma is rarely an isolated incident or period of time that just happens to a person.

It has a history and a future and a social and systemic context that is both beyond the individual and can be transformed by the individual.

Join us for a Process Work exploration of individual and systemic levels of trauma work for both therapists and organisational professionals, finding the cross overs and points of difference that can enrich work at both levels.

The Process Work lens provides a bridge between the personal and the collective, bringing to light the cascading cycle of societal attitudes and custodial practices that reinforce the oppressive experience of trauma as an individual occurrence.

We will explore together ideas and tools that apply equally at individual, relational and systemic levels: 

  • Process Work’s theory of interchangeable roles, multi-stakeholder facilitation methods and respect for all perspectives and states of mind offer awareness tools to help loosen entrenched positions.
  • Understanding the pattern of roles present (and absent) in traumatic and post-traumatic experiences that are replicated within the individual psyche and the organisation/society helps us navigate seemingly chaotic client presentations to discern the direction of interventions.
  • Inner work helps cultivate the attitude today you, tomorrow me, and can loosen stuck moments by noticing how the outer situation is present internally, and visa-versa.
  • Unfolding is a tool for harnessing the power in the atmosphere, to engage in subjective exchange and arrive at robust solutions.
  • Mindell’s differentiated view of power and rank makes visible inner powers that can shift the psychological impact of oppressive systems and have a transformational impact.
  • Adopting the right metaskills for working in traumatised fields is often the most powerful and effective intervention we can make.



This training emerged from and is a continuation of a dialogue between a psychotherapist and an organisational consultant about their work with trauma.

Therapists, counsellors, psychologists and social workers will find this valuable for not only enhancing their individual trauma skills but for connecting how the institutional and systemic levels of trauma impact their individual clients and how clients finding agency to change systems can be part of their post-traumatic process.

Facilitators, organisational consultants, leaders, administrators, HR professionals, community development professionals, and public health professionals will find this valuable for enhancing systemic thinking when it comes to trauma in organisations and communities. In addition, being informed of the experiences of individuals within the helping systems can lead to healing and transformation.


This training is for professionals who want to deeply embed themselves in a non-pathologising approach to the field of trauma.


Liz Scarfe and Julia Wolfson both specialise in working with trauma in two very different contexts, yet with mirroring process patterns. This workshop explores the intersecting worlds of individual and systemic trauma as one interactive field, through interdisciplinary dialogue, experiential exercises, theoretical content and case crystallisation.


Liz Scarfe

Liz is a Process Work Diplomate specialising in working with people with complex trauma, integrating Process Work with a range of other trauma approaches, all rooted in a non-pathologising perspective. Liz is passionate about integrating trauma principles into non-therapy contexts to raise awareness of how power both hurts and heals and that such awareness transforms practice.

In 2017, she developed the popular Trauma-Informed Facilitation training that unfolds the intersection of Process Work facilitation with trauma-informed principles and is excited to explore this integration in the organisational context here in this training.


Dr Julia Wolfson

Julia is an organisational facilitator and performance coach active in transforming education and care environments often grappling with experiences of abuse or high conflict.

In 2017, Julia published the book Applying Deep Democracy in Human Services, exploring how power is both the problem and the solution to abuse and conflict in organisations.

“I learned about inner powers through my research in communities and service providers around the world who had survived and transformed agonising rupture. I wanted to learn from them what conditions and intrinsic resources it takes to bounce back from the abyss, to connect to inner strengths within difficult events. I was inspired to discover that the same human capacities were present in people reliant on support, their supporters and the leaders making change.”


The fees for the training are based on income levels (in Australian Dollars) to make the training as accessible as possible while still sustainable.

As a rough guide we suggest:

$60,000 per annum – $220

$60-100,000 per annum – $320

$100,000 + per annum – $420

Or, if you’re on a Global South income, please pay what is affordable to you.

Cancellations with less than two days notice will not be refunded. Cancellations with more than two days notice will receive a 50% fee refund.


27 & 28 March, 2021

10am – 4pm Melb/Syd/Canberra time

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The training will be on Zoom and if your internet connection allows, with video on.

The Zoom link will be automatically sent to participants upon registration.




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ANZPOP acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands we live and work on, the Aboriginal Australian, and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the Maori First Nations peoples. We pay respect to their elders across time. We give thanks for the Indigenous knowledge that has informed the Process Work approach. We honour the courage, resilience, and spirit of First Nations peoples to counter the ongoing impacts of colonisation on their culture, well-being, and sovereignty.

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