December 2, 2019 to December 3, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Community Door Boadroom
50 Burnhamthorpe Road W. #300
This practical workshop, led by Dr Robert T. Muller – a leading expert on therapy for Trauma and globally-acclaimed author of the psychotherapy bestseller: Trauma & the Avoidant Client – is aimed at building out understanding of the psychotherapy relationship with challenging trauma clients.
As therapists, while all of us try to maintain a strong and health therapeutic relationship, this can be often easier said than done. Trauma clients struggle to trust the therapist; many minimize their own traumatic experiences or become help-rejecting. Others rush into the work, seeking a “quick fix,” despite a long history of interpersonal trauma.
Drawing upon attachment theory and research, and upon a wealth of clinical experience, Dr Muller explains how, as psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, we can work with such hard-to-treat clients, how we can find points of entry and ways in which we can make contact. Using a relational, psychodynamic approach, the workshop discusses and demonstrates strategies for developing the therapeutic relationship, such that we can assist the client regain a sense of trust in others. We explore therapeutic techniques through which the client is encouraged to take interpersonal risks, to mourn losses, and to face vulnerabilities. Dr Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship with trauma survivors and specifically looks at:
– How do we tell when we’ve unknowingly compromised safety in the relationship?
– What happens to the relationship when clients or therapists rush into the process, and how can this be addressed?
– And how can subtle conflicts in the relationship become useful in treatment
Throughout the workshop, theory is complemented by case examples, practical exercises, and segments from Dr Muller’s own treatment sessions. The workshop focuses on Clinical skills that are directly applicable in our work as therapists.