Forgiveness: The Double-Edged Sword of Trauma Therapy An evening webinar with Dr Robert T. Muller Online, 12 November 2019 (Tuesday) 6:00pm - 9:00pm, London, UK time
Forgiveness has become a popular topic in mental health writing and discussions. Popular media seems to suggest that forgiveness is a quick and easy process. But in practice, when people have suffered from interpersonal trauma, often at the hands of those they trusted most, forgiveness can be easier said than done. This webinar will take a detailed look at forgiveness in trauma therapy and consider the ways in which it serves as a double-edged sword. Sometimes helpful and necessary, sometimes not. Using case vignettes and examples, Dr Muller discusses: rushed forgiveness and how it affects trauma clients apologies and their role in authentic forgiveness how it can be helpful for clients to view forgiveness as a process, rather than a virtue Finally, the workshop will address self-forgiveness, and how sometimes in trauma work, clients and therapists struggle to forgive themselves. Throughout the webinar, clinical material will be used to illustrate concepts, and delegates will be invited to participate. Our learning objectives at the webinar will be: To distinguish between authentic forgiveness and rushed forgiveness To consider the process of forgiveness in trauma therapy To appreciate the role of apology in the forgiveness process To understand the role of self-forgiveness in trauma work About the speaker Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. trained at Harvard, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto. Dr Muller is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment. His recently-released "Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up" was awarded the 2019 ISSTD award for year's best written work on trauma; his award-winning bestseller, "Trauma & the Avoidant Client" has been translated widely. As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr Muller has lectured internationally (Australia, UK, Europe, USA), and has been keynote speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada. He founded an online magazine, "The Trauma & Mental Health Report," that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year. With over 25 years in the field, he practices in Toronto, Canada.
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