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The therapeutic relationship is your most powerful tool (&biggest pitfall):
Relational Strategies to Effective Treat Challenging Trauma Clients

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.

Course aims
The course aims to provide an integrative training approaches that enables practitioners using different therapeutic modalities to integrate the relevant elements of Attachment Theory and Research with their existing skills, which they can then apply to their work, so as to:
        - Help clients pace the process of opening up
        -  Bring safety to the therapeutic relationship early on
        - Navigate the use conflicts in the relationship
       -  Recognize their own (therapist’s) feeling in the therapeutic process (e.g., the wish to rush into trauma work, or the wish to avoid it)
       - Help clients mourn traumatic losses to bring post-traumatic growth

         Date: December 2-3, 2019

        Time: 9 AM to 4 PM

        Location: Community Door Misssissauga 
                          50 Burnhamthorp Rd W #300, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C2

Content warning

Trauma related training covers sensitive topicswhich may be difficult intellectually and emotionally and may be triggering for some people. Videos and real case studies are part of these trainings and the content may include references to topics such as sexual abuse, self-harm, violence, eating disorders and other mental health issues or traumatic events.

If you are experiencing problems with your mental well-being (e.g., anxiety, depression, insomnia etc.) we recommend you consult with your preferred health care professional before deciding to register for this workshop.

If you are a survivor of an attempt or a survivor of suicide loss within the last 18 months, the topics discussed during training may be very difficult and/or triggering for you.

If at any time during your training you are feeling triggered please consult the facilitator(s) or contact 24.7 Crisis Support Peel Dufferin at 905-278-9036 or toll free at 1-888-811-2222. 

There are no refunds on purchases/donations.

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A 2-day Trauma Training Workshop

The course aims to provide an integrative training approach that enables practitioners using different therapeutic modalities to integrate the relevant element of Attachment Theory and Research with their existing skills. Cost: $375 + HST






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