Helping Challenging Trauma Clients to Open Up A seminar with Dr Robert T. Muller
Dr Robert T. Muller is the globally-acclaimed author of the psychotherapy bestseller, Trauma & the Avoidant Client, as well as the newly-released, Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up; and his latest webinar is aimed at building our understanding of psychotherapy with challenging trauma clients—in particular, how to help such individuals open up. When people live through interpersonal trauma, there is a tendency for many to stay silent about their experiences. Reasons include loyalty to close others, or the wish to keep family secrets. To cope, survivors often sidestep the painful past. As a means of protecting close others and themselves from the pain of traumatic experiences, many rely on a variety of coping strategies to neutralize or cut-off painful memories. For example, they rationalize away traumatic events, use intellectualization as a defense, dissociate and keep trauma-related feelings at bay. But silence about the painful past is both emotionally costly, and, ultimately unsustainable. How do we help people feel safe enough to start opening up about their traumatic histories? In this seminar, Dr. Muller will look at the process of helping challenging trauma clients open up—to do so in a safe, measured way. How do we create conditions for a shared, honest, and growthful telling? How do we use the therapeutic relationship as a key ingredient in the process? Why is pacing so critical, and how do we put pacing into practice? Using a relational, Attachment Theory based integrative approach, Dr. Muller draws on theory and uses case examples, practical exercises, and segments from his own treatment sessions. This seminar focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in our work as therapists. Learning Objectives: This seminar provides integrative training to help practitioners from different therapeutic modalities. Skills are practical and highly applicable. Participants learn how to: Bring safety to the therapeutic relationship early on Recognize client ambivalence about their trauma stories Help clients pace the process of opening up Recognize therapist feelings in therapy (e.g., the wish to rush into trauma work, or the wish to avoid it) Help clients move beyond the trauma, to consolidate changes in identity and facilitate posttraumatic growth About the speaker Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C.Psych. trained at Harvard, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is a professor 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. He is author of the newly-released, “Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up,” and his psychotherapy bestseller, "Trauma and the Avoidant Client," has been translated widely, and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma. 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. About the Video Recording Total Run Time: 3 Hours Qualifies for CPD: Yes Delivery method: recordings are sent on a memory stick, to your postal address, along with notes for the day Delivery time: 14 working days from date of order (after 23 Oct 2018)

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