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The Therapeutic Relationship is Your Most Powerful Tool (& Biggest Pitfall): Relational Strategies to Effectively Treat Challenging Clients

Event Details
Date: 8 May 2019
Venue: Adelaide, SA
CPD hrs: 6 hours
Cost:

$330.00 (incl $30 GST) - Early Bird before 1 March 2019
$363.00 (incl $33 GST) - Standard after 2 March 2019

Organiser: CPM Training & Counselling
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Schedule:

1. Opening up about the trauma: A relational process

  • When the expectation is to stay silent about the past: You mustn't tell anyone!
  • How trauma stories “leak out” with the therapist
  • Client avoidance of the past, painful feelings, and relationships
  • Mutual avoidance: When client and therapist avoid: This trauma is too scary to handle!

2. How to pace the process of opening up (considering many clients have limited access to funds): The dangers of rushing into trauma work yet providing encouragement to open up when the therapy relationship is unprepared

  • When the client rushes in
  • When the therapist rushes into trauma work, and unknowingly undermines the process

3. Strategies to bring a sense of safety to the therapeutic relationship
Taking the client’s suffering seriously: Sounds easy! It isn’t

  • Naming client traumatic experiences
  • Validating client traumatic experiences
  • Honesty in the therapeutic relationship: Easier said than done
  • Negotiating change from the start helps bring containment and hopefulness

4. Helping clients mourn traumatic losses: A relational process

  • Bringing emotion into the work
  • How mourning brings posttraumatic growth

5. Navigating and using conflict in the therapeutic relationship

  • The relationship can easily go off the rails: When enactments bring ruptures
  • How to repair a ruptured alliance

6. Beyond the trauma: Reclaiming identity

  • When trauma dominates identity
  • Helping clients reclaim intentionality, dignity, personal values

Learning outcomes

Workshop Objectives
This workshop provides integrative training to help practitioners across different therapeutic modalities. Skills are practical and highly applicable.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Navigate and use conflicts in the relationship
  • Bring safety to the therapeutic relationship early on
  • Help clients pace the process of opening up
  • Recognise their own (therapist) feelings in the treatment (eg, the wish to rush into trauma work, or the wish to avoid it)
  • Help clients mourn traumatic losses to bring post-traumatic growth.

Note: Workshop registration includes a copy of Dr. Muller's new book: Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up: From Avoidance to Recovery & Growth. The book complements the workshop, providing material for attendees to further their learning.

Learner prerequisites

Familiarity with working with clients experiencing traumatic reactions to life events. These can include actual traumatic events experienced by the client or traumatic reactions to life events that may not be considered traumatic in themselves.

Presenter details

Robert T. Muller, PhD, C.Psych 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 psychotherapy bestseller, "Trauma and the Avoidant Client," has been translated widely and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma. As lead investigator on several multi-site programmes 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 practises in Toronto.

Date and location

Rydges Hotel
1 South Terrace
Adelaide
SA 5000

8 May 2019

Cost

$330.00 (incl $30 GST) - Early Bird before 1 March 2019
$363.00 (incl $33 GST) - Standard after 2 March 2019

Registration

w: www.cpmservices.org

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