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

A 1-Day Intensive Professional Training

Presenter Robert T. Muller PhD CPsych

Workshop Description
This practical workshop, led by Dr Robert T. Muller, a leading expert on trauma therapy and globally-acclaimed author of the psychotherapy bestseller: Trauma & the Avoidant Client–is aimed at building your understanding of the psychotherapeutic relationship with challenging clients, particularly trauma clients. All clients present with some degree of traumatic affect, making this workshop suitable for all practitioners.

While many of us try to maintain a good therapeutic relationship, this can be difficult. Trauma clients struggle to trust the therapist; many minimise their own traumatic experiences, or become help-rejecting. Others rush into the work, seeking a “quick fix,” despite a long history of interpersonal trauma.

Through the lens of attachment theory, using a relational, integrative approach, Dr Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship with trauma survivors. How do we tell when we’ve unknowingly compromised safety in the relationship? What happens to the relationship when clients or therapists rush into the process, and how can this be addressed? And how can subtle conflicts in the relationship become useful in treatment? Dr Muller points to the different choices therapists make in navigating the relationship. In trauma therapy, those choices have a strong impact on outcome.

Recovering from trauma is a complicated process. When people reveal too much, too soon, they may feel worse. The pacing of therapy is critical. Here too, the key is in the therapist-client relationship. Dr Muller walks you through the relational approaches that help pace the process of opening up – so that people find the experience helpful, not harmful.

Throughout the workshop, theory is complemented by case examples, practical exercises, and segments from Dr Muller’s own treatment sessions. This workshop focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in your work as therapists. You will learn specific skills to ensure ethical practice with all clients.

You Will Learn How To:
This workshop provides integrative training to help practitioners across different therapeutic modalities. Skills are practical and highly applicable. Participants learn how to:

  1. Navigate and use conflicts in the relationship;
  2. Bring safety to the therapeutic relationship early on;
  3. Help clients pace the process of opening up;
  4. Recognise their own (therapist) feelings in the treatment (eg, the wish to rush into trauma work, or the wish to avoid it); and
  5. Help clients mourn traumatic losses to bring post-traumatic growth.
  6. 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.

The Trainer
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 programmess 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.

Intended Audience
This workshop is suitable for all counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, health and social care professionals practising in health, education and social care settings and in private practice, and who have a core professional training. It is suitable for therapists working in all modalities.

Workshop Dates
Brisbane – Monday 29 April 2019
Perth – Wednesday 1 May 2019
Melbourne – Saturday 4 May 2019
Adelaide – Wednesday 8 May 2019
Sydney – Saturday 11 May 2019

Venues to be confirmed

Workshop Registration
Early Bird registration $330.00 (incl $30 GST) – until COB Friday 1 March 2019

Standard Registration $363.00 (incl $33 GST) – from 2 March 2019

This event counts as 6 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

29/04/2019 - 11/05/2019
9.00 am - 5.00 pm

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