When people live through interpersonal trauma, there is a tendency for many to stay silent about their experiences. Reasons can include loyalty to close others, or the wish to keep family secrets. As a means of protecting others and themselves from the pain of traumatic experiences, many rely on a variety of coping strategies to neutralize or cut off painful memories. For example, some may rationalize away traumatic events, use intellectualization as a defense, or dissociate and keep trauma-related feelings at bay. But silence about the painful past is both emotionally costly, and ultimately unsustainable. How can clinicians help these clients feel safe enough to start opening up about their traumatic histories?
In this two-hour continuing education web conference, trauma expert Robert T. Muller, PhD, CPsych will look at the process of helping challenging trauma clients open up in a safe, measured way. Through the lens of attachment theory, using a relational, integrative approach, Dr. Muller draws on theory and uses case examples, practical exercises, and segments from his own treatment sessions. This web conference focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in a therapy practice.
This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:
Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The contents of this program are based primarily on evidence-based practice and research in the field of interpersonal trauma. The work is trauma-informed and consistent with the practice guidelines of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is consistent with ethical practice guidelines of the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. Attending this web conference is not a substitute for psychotherapy from a licensed mental-health practitioner, nor is it a substitute for clinical supervision from a licensed mental-health practitioner.
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Robert T. Muller, PhD, CPsych, trained at Harvard, was on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts and is a professor 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 and the Struggle to Open Up was awarded the 2019 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma, and his award-winning bestseller, Trauma and 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, U.K., Europe, U.S.), and has been the 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 webinar 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 webinar, providing material for attendees to further their learning.
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