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 few of these writings focus on specific intervention strategies to help the traumatized individual experiencing attachment avoidance. Many people in therapy are attempting to cope with traumatic attachment experiences by becoming emotionally distant, minimizing painful feelings, and by devaluing intimacy, closeness, and vulnerability. When individuals 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 people in therapy how to work with individuals who may be more difficult to treat and how to find points of entry and 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:
- Recognize characteristics of avoidant attachment;
- Productively use trauma-related symptoms;
- Maximize client engagement throughout the therapy process;
- Work with affect and the therapy relationship.
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How the Web Conference Works
In short, participants will have two options for participating in this event. Option one, listening to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Option two, listening to the event by calling in to the teleconference and viewing the event online. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference and video conference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.
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Continuing Education (CE) Information
1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. GoodTherapy.org is approved as a continuing education provider by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Course meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. GoodTheray.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 20, 2015 through March 20, 2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.
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Meet the Presenter
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.
- GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
- GoodTherapy.org is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to provide continuing education credits; provider #4678.
- GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals to provide continuing education for addiction services professionals; provider #135463.
- GoodTherapy.org is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program; provider # 1352.