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How do we help clients whose old ghosts lurk beneath the current challenges of addictions, compulsions and self-sabotage? Survivors of traumatic experience, neglect, and loss often develop patterns of addiction, compulsive behaviour, and self-sabotage. Their attempts to mediate chronic distress and loneliness generate new cycles of self-harm, impacting their biochemistry, cognitive functioning and relational connectedness. Too often, this client becomes a 'hot potato', shuttled back and forth among frustrated clinicians, addiction specialists, psychopharmacology experts, medical personnel, and alternative healers. Clients and helpers alike become increasingly helpless and hopeless.
This presentation offers new assessment tools and successful intervention strategies to address the complications of co-occurring disorders. Participants will learn how to integrate their current skills and perspectives with new constructs and intervention tools designed to address the problems generated by complex trauma, loss and childhood neglect. Participants will be enabled to develop new intervention plans to use with very challenging clients. The seminar will introduce participants to the ATRIUM model, a cognitive-behavioural and relational approach to addiction and trauma recovery, and the ARC model for working with relationship problems. Participants will also learn new methods to enhance their own resilience in response to demanding treatment challenges.
Dusty Miller, EdD
Dusty Miller, EdD is a psychologist, consultant and writer. She is the Director of the ATRIUM institute in Belchertown, Massachusetts. She is the author of the pioneering book for therapists and consumers on self harm and trauma, Women Who Hurt Themselves (1994; Tenth Anniversary Edition, 2005).
Dr. Miller's other books include:
She is also the author of numerous journal articles on addictions and trauma, including featured articles in Psychiatric Quarterly and Psychotherapy Networker.
Dusty Miller's approach to addictions, compulsions and self-sabotage has been successfully implemented in a variety of settings, including community centers, hospitals, outpatient clinics, correctional systems, and private practice. Dr. Miller provides training in the U.S. and Canada in trauma and addiction programs. Dr.Miller's presentations have been hosted by The Hazelden Foundation, The Renfrew Center Foundation conferences, The Annual Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, The New England Institute for Learning Seminars (Cape Cod & Santa Fe), and Leading Edge Seminars.
1.5 continuing education credits will be provided for this teleconference.
In short, participants will join the teleconference by calling into the teleconference center and entering an access code. The teleconference will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.
This teleconference is available for free to GoodTherapy.org members.
This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.