Forgiveness: A Double-Edged Sword of Trauma Therapy

Presented by Robert T. Muller, PhD on 02-28-2020 at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern) to 12 p.m. Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern)

Forgiveness has become a popular topic in mental health writing. Myriad specialists call us to its high road. But in practice, when people have suffered from interpersonal trauma, often at the hands of those they trusted most, forgiveness can be easier said than done. Forgiveness in trauma therapy may sometimes serve as a double-edged sword: Sometimes helpful and necessary, sometimes not. 

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Robert T. Muller will examine such topics as “rushed forgiveness” and how it can affect trauma clients. Dr. Muller will also explore apologies and their role in authentic forgiveness. He will discuss how it can be helpful for clients to view forgiveness as a process, rather than a virtue. 

Finally, Dr. Muller will address self-forgiveness, and how sometimes in trauma work, clients and therapists struggle to forgive themselves. Throughout the web conference, clinical material will be used to illustrate concepts, and attendees will be invited to participate during question and answer periods. 

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians: 

  1. Compare authentic forgiveness and rushed forgiveness. 
  2. Summarize the process of forgiveness in trauma therapy.
  3. Recognize the role of apology in the forgiveness process.
  4. Observe the role of self-forgiveness in trauma work. 
  5. Practice concepts learned in client sessions.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The material presented in this program is based on the presenter’s work as a professor. To the presenter’s knowledge, it is accurate, as it is based on a combination of his own research, research he has read in respected books and journals in the field, and his specific clinical experience with actual treatment cases. There are no known risks in attending this webinar. It is useful for clinicians working in treatment settings of a mental health nature.

Declaration identifying any potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support: No conflict of interest and no commercial support. The presenter is paid by a university to teach, and in that role, to disseminate knowledge of clinical psychology to people both within and outside the field.

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2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety.

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards. 

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To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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Meet the Presenter

Robert T. Muller, PhD

Robert T. Muller, PhD

Robert T. Muller, PhD trained at Harvard, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto. Dr. Muller is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment. His recently-released Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up was awarded the 2019 ISSTD award for year's best written work on trauma. And his award-winning bestseller, Trauma & the Avoidant Client has been translated widely.

As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr. Muller has lectured internationally (Australia, UK, Europe, USA), and has been keynote speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada. He founded an online magazine, The Trauma & Mental Health Report, that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year. With over 25 years in the field, he practices in Toronto.

Note: This web conference draws on clinical material from Dr. Muller's book, Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up: From Avoidance to Recovery & Growth, Norton Press, 2018. The book complements the web conference, providing material for attendees to further their learning.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Logo This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.
  • Person Centered Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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