Neuro De-escalation in the treatment of high escalatory violence, aggression, self-harm and distress


6th, 7th, 8th March 2019

11th, 12th, 13th March 2019


3 day workshop
£397.50 + VAT = £477

**Price includes full catering**

London Venue

Elm Grove Conference Centre
Roehampton Lane
SW15 5PH
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Eastbourne Venue

Anderida, Neville Mews
6a Neville Rd
BN22 8HR.
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Dr Christoph Göttl &
Elke Göttl-Resch


Neuro De-escalation in the treatment of high escalatory violence, aggression, self-harm and distress

Children, adolescents and adults who suffer from early developmental disorders resulting from attachment trauma tend to switch to trauma patterns in situations of close contact. Interaction with other people easily activates their survival brain and they react with flight, fight or freeze.

In these kinds of situations, caregivers themselves often get triggered, react with their own traumatic patterns. Symmetrical escalation, which is a primary concern of work with NVR (Non Violent Resistance) can be difficult to avoid. Neuro De-escalation is a new and innovative approach which is being taken up by many professionals in social work, mental health, education, residential services and foster care.

This approach is informed by neurobiology, attachment, trauma theory and body psychotherapy; practitioners working with Neuro De-escalation aim to design their services and improve their relationships with service users on the basis of learning that has grown from its application. Neuro De-escalation in practice applies the findings of neurobiology, attachment and trauma theory as well as body psychotherapy to the specific problem of often rapid escalation. In this way, it complements work with NVR as well as attachment-based approaches.

Neuro De-escalation guides people who are prone to escalation from the alarm system to the attachment system at the onset of survival responsiveness. It does not depend on intelligence, age, physical nor mental state of the person, and equally works for children, young people or adults with learning disabilities, on the autism spectrum, with dementia and even people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Participants of the seminar will:

  • understand the neurobiological background of escalation

  • get to know basic approaches, techniques and ways of encountering the person who is prone to escalation that dramatically reduce the risk of escalation

  • accompany clients before, during and after escalation

  • know and apply techniques on the basis of an attachment orientated attitude that supports clients to switch back to the attachment system even after they have been triggered

  • practice dealing with escalation in systemic role play

  • understand escalation as opportunity to foster attachment

  • have deep experiences of ‘anchoring’ and remaining emotionally available under stress

  • learn attachment-inducing hands-on-body methods to apply at different stages of escalation

  • further develop their professional attitude through emotional understanding of escalation.

Target group

This workshop is for professionals, carers and parents who deal with children and young people with severe violence and aggression, trauma and high levels of arousal. We welcome not only professionals such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and child mental health nurses, but also foster carers, residential carers and parents, as well as the professionals who support them.

When & Where

6th, 7th, 8th March 2019

11th, 12th, 13th March 2019


3 day workshop
£397.50 + VAT = £477

**For all 2019 NVR training & workshops full catering will be provided**

For London events ONLY. There is the option to stay at the training venue in one of their on-site rooms, at much less than normal London hotel rates. For details or to book please contact the venue directly.


Dr Christoph Göttl is a child- and adolescent psychiatrist and psychotherapist with a specialisation in trauma therapy. He is an inspirational trainer, coach, supervisor and presenter in trauma-informed child care and therapy. Christoph has developed Neuro De-escalation, and has been teaching this approach across Austria, Germany and Switzerland. He is Head of the ‘Scientific Committee on Neuro De-escalation’. Christoph has presented, with others, on the integration of Neuro De-escalation and NVR.


Elke Göttl-Resch is a psychotherapist for adults and couples and trauma therapist specialising in body psychotherapy, mindfulness, and integrates many different therapies into her unique approach to trauma therapy. Elke is also a mediator, parent coach and clinical supervisor in trauma therapy. She has been a major contributor to the development of Neuro De-escalation.

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