Engaging the Traumatized Client who Avoids Closeness and Vulnerability

Presented by Robert T. Muller, PhD, CPsych

Much has been written on the treatment of intra-familial trauma. Yet, little has focused on specific intervention strategies to help the traumatized individual who is avoidant of attachment. Many of our clients cope with traumatic attachment experiences by becoming emotionally distant, by minimizing painful feelings, and by devaluing intimacy, closeness, and vulnerability. With clients who adopt a help-rejecting, self-protective stance, psychotherapy can become a real challenge for both client and therapist. 

In this presentation, Dr. Muller will introduce therapeutic techniques he has developed specifically for this population; which are detailed in his new book, Trauma and the Avoidant Client: Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing.

Drawing on attachment theory and research, and upon a wealth of clinical experience, Dr. Muller will show how to work with such hard-to-treat clients, how to find points of entry and ways to make contact. Using a relational, psychodynamic approach, he will consider strategies to develop the therapeutic relationship in order to help the client regain a sense of trust in others. This workshop will be an introduction to the issues focused on in Dr. Muller’s book. Theory is complemented by case examples.

 

This web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Recognize characteristics of avoidant attachment;
  2. Productively use trauma-related symptoms;
  3. Maximize client engagement throughout the therapy process;
  4. Work with affect and the therapy relationship.

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Meet the Presenter

Robert T. Muller, PhD, CPsych

Robert T. Muller, PhD, CPsych

Robert T. Muller, PhD, CPsych completed his clinical fellowship at Harvard University, after which he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, and started a trauma assessment service that was oriented toward helping under-serviced members of the community. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Muller has been practicing, teaching, and supervising in the areas of trauma, attachment, and psychotherapy. He is the author of the newly released, Trauma and the Avoidant Client: Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing, published by Norton Press. In addition, he has authored numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and grants, and is currently lead investigator in a provincially-funded, multi-site program for the assessment and treatment of intra-familial trauma. He is on faculty as Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at York University and as a clinical supervisor at the Hincks-Dellcrest Treatment Centre. A sought-after speaker, he is known for his dynamic clinical workshops. He has over twenty years of clinical experience in the field, and maintains an active private practice in downtown Toronto.

 

For more information about Dr. Muller, please visit: http://www.yorku.ca/rmuller/. More about Dr. Muller’s full-day workshops can be found at: http://www.hincksdellcrest.org/Home/Training-and-Consultation/Trauma-and-Resiliency-Training/Workshops.aspx. You can also read Dr. Muller's blog, The Trauma and Attachment Report.

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