Using the relationship to heal trauma: Rupture, repair, and relational work with clients and supervisees
British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision
Take part in 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 our understanding of the therapeutic relationship in trauma treatment and supervision.
As clinicians, we try to maintain a strong therapeutic relationship, but this can be easier said than done. Trauma clients struggle to trust the therapist. This can be mirrored in the supervisory relationship.
Drawing on attachment theory, relational psychodynamic perspectives, and a wealth of clinical experience, Dr. Muller explains how to work with such hard-to-treat clients, how to find points of entry and ways to make contact. The workshop addresses strategies for navigating the ups and downs of the therapeutic relationship, to help trauma clients regain a sense of trust in others. And, we apply this thinking to the supervisory relationship, especially where trauma-related themes appear in the work.
We explore therapeutic techniques through which the client is encouraged to take interpersonal risks, to mourn losses, and to face vulnerabilities. Specifically:
- What are the countertransference themes most common to trauma therapy?
- How can subtle conflicts in the therapeutic relationship become useful in trauma treatment?
- And how do these themes make their appearance in supervision?
Throughout the workshop, theory is complemented by case examples, practical exercises, and segments from Dr. Muller’s own treatment sessions. The workshop focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in our work as therapists and supervisors.
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