The Battle Within: Navigating The Locus Of Control Shift, Ambivalent Attachment To The Perpetrator and Karpman’s Triangle

The Battle Within: Navigating The Locus Of Control Shift, Ambivalent Attachment To The Perpetrator and Karpman’s Triangle
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An iceberg floats upon a vast expanse of ocean. Beneath the surface sits a hidden mountain, the structure that supports and keeps the iceberg afloat. The iceberg invites, “Come close, but not too close, or I will sink you. I will feel momentarily safe from harm, but I will remain alone and adrift in a dark, inhospitable ocean”.

This metaphor illustrates the experience of many clients with attachment and relational trauma. What is visible to the world belies what is hidden from view, the foundation upon which fears and defenses rest. Internal conflicts are driven by competing narratives and perspectives. The shared goal of the conflicts is safety and survival – at any cost. As an adult, childhood protective behaviours and beliefs serve to increase vulnerability and isolation, sinking any ship that sails too close.

Internal wounds and conflicts are driven by many factors, including two core trauma dynamics, the locus of control shift and ambivalent attachment to the perpetrator. These dynamics are re-enacted over and over through activation of the internal Karpman’s triangle dynamic, which in turn promotes re-enactments of the triangle dynamic in the client’s external world, including in therapy.

In this training, Naomi will navigate the inner world of the client from a parts perspective, exploring the internal conflicts, presentation of parts and how to assist clients to navigate seemingly opposing needs. A journey to facilitate healing from past trauma and live more fully in the present.

Practical strategies to facilitate relationship building between parts and experimenting with new ways to negotiate relationships in the client’s internal world and external world will be explored.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify and support parts with healing the locus of control shift.
  • Participants will be able to identify and work with ambivalent attachment to the perpetrator.
  • Participants will be able to support parts to explore the protective but limiting function of internal Karpman’s triangle.
  • Participants will be able to identify activation of Karpman’s triangle in therapy and how to safely step off.
  • Participants will be able to utilize three approaches to facilitate internal communication: cognitive, somatic, and experiential approaches.

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Contact Hours:

3.0 hrs


Fri, 05 August 2022

Start Time:

2:00 PM


Afternoon Session







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Naomi Halpern

Director, CQSW (UK), Grad Cert Human Rights

For over thirty years Naomi has demonstrated her commitment to assist and enhance the quality of life of people who have experienced severe trauma, abuse and disadvantaged life situations.

Naomi trained as a social worker in the UK. Early in her career she worked with children in emergency care, homeless youth, and convicted offenders in government and NGO’s, providing advocacy, psychosocial education, recreational opportunities, skills training, supervision and counselling.

In 1987, Naomi went into partnership with Susan Henry at The Delphi Centre, now known as Delphi Training and Consulting where she developed expertise in psychotherapy for complex and developmental trauma.

Naomi provides clinical consultation for post traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders and related comorbidity, for mental health professionals working with survivors of sexual abuse, rape, gender based violence, torture and other trauma. She has a wealth of experience working with people across cultures, socioeconomic groups, faiths and sexual orientation.

A skilled speaker and trainer, Naomi has presented her work in complex and developmental trauma and related comorbidity, vicarious trauma, resilience building and work-place wellbeing in Australia - Denmark - Germany - New Zealand - United States. She provides consultation and training to organizations including Mental Health and Community Services, Sexual Assault Services, Law Firms, Justice Departments and the United Nations:

A founding member of The Australian Association of Trauma and Dissociation Inc. in 1992 (amalgamated with the Australasian Association of Traumatic Stress Studies in 1996) she served on the Executive Committee and Conference Committee from 1991 – 1996, and as Treasurer from 1992 – 1995.

Naomi is a Fellow of ISSTD and Chair of the upcoming Asia Pacific Virtual Conference, 19 - 20 November 2021 and the Regional Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation to be held in Melbourne 18 - 20 Novermber 2022.


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Halpern, N. (2019) Part Two 'Survival Responses', in (author) Varney, K., Mum's The Word, Karen Varney and Ocean Reeve Publishing, Australia, pp 106-110 

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