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.
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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.