Why is an ’emotionally safe’ practitioner essential?

Why is an ’emotionally safe’ practitioner essential? 150 150 Jane Evans

A ‘safety focused’ version of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need

On a dull August afternoon it seems like a good time to update a longstanding model of the hierarchy of human needs. (as you do!!) Not to be disruptive, honest. But because my work, studies and life have taught me the immense value and necessity of emotional AND physical safety.

A good way to understand Maslow’s original model is shared by Saul McLeod in Simple Psychology: 

Needs lower down in the hierarchy must be satisfied before individuals can attend to needs higher up. From the bottom of the hierarchy upwards, the needs are: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization.

Why am I re-inventing the wheel/triangle?

Purely because safety is THE primary need for every human. It relies on protection from, and alleviation of the obvious physiological threats, thirst, hunger, cold, over-heating. But also on relief from emotional overwhelm and regular secure connection with ‘safe others.’

Becoming a practitioner who offers emotional and energetic safety

November 9th in Bristol, is a unique opportunity for you to explore, experience and fully embody being a ‘safe practitioner.’ It will offer you and your practice:

Key Modules to Support Your Learning:

  1. Understanding different forms of trauma
  2. How trauma shapes the body, brain, health and behaviours
  3. How to be a ‘safe’ practitioner when working with children, young people and adults

Modules will be underpinned by:

Research – making the ground-breaking studies, theories and findings on trauma accessible and relevant to your daily interactions and direct work. By looking at triune brain theory, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, polyvagal theory, and the chemistry of trauma.

Direct learning – how to bring work with trauma to life using direct experiences to illustrate what theory looks, and feels like in practice.

Solutions – creating realistic solutions for use in settings and on-the-go. Based on information on the sensory impact of early trauma and how to offer a connection to safety from the bottom-up.

Tools – integrating simple, adaptive regulation-based techniques to make you an intentionally, safe emotional and physical presence. Whilst also creating trauma-sensitive ways to share these with those you are working with.

Exercises in the modules will offer opportunities for you to experience what emotional and physical safety looks and feels like. (Participation is always optional)

Date:                               Friday 9th November 2018

Venue:                             Future Inns, Bond Street Bristol BS1 3EN

Early Bird Offer:             Until 28th September 2018                 £145

Full Delegate Rate:         From 29th September 2018                £175

Payment Options:           PayPal, Bank Transfer, Cheque

Places Limited to:            30 Delegates

To Secure Your Place:       janeevans61@hotmail.co.uk

Find out more

Who would benefit from this training experience:

Professionals and practitioners working with children from 0 – 18 years, young people and vulnerable adults.

Your entry requirements are:

A basic awareness that trauma has an impact on the work you are doing and the support you offer.

A focus on wanting to learn ways to be a more proactively trauma-sensitive practitioner.

A desire to become more intentional when creating emotional and physical safety for those impacted by trauma.



Jane Evans

Jane is a ‘learn the hard way’ person. She has learnt from her personal experiences and her direct work with people who have often been in really bad places emotionally, relationally, practically and sometimes professionally.

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