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Engaging Traumatized Clients who Avoid Attachment, Closeness and Painful Feels with Robert Muller, Ph.D.
For: Professionals
Provided by: Jack Hirose & Associates

Date and Time

Mon Apr 22 to Tue Apr 23, 2013 (This event is over)
9 am - 4 pm


8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, BC

Event Description

Recent years have seen advances in the treatment of intra-familial trauma. Yet, surprisingly little has focused on specific intervention strategies to help the traumatize individual who is avoidant of attachment. Many of our clients cope with traumatic attachment experiences by minimizing painful feelings, by becoming emotionally distant, and by devaluing interpersonal closeness, intimacy, and feelings of vulnerability. With individuals who adopt a self-protective, help-rejecting stance, psychotherapy can prove very challenging for client and therapist alike.

Dr.Muller will focus on therapeutic techniques he has developed specifically for this population, many of which he has included 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 to work with such hard-to-treat clients, how to find points of entry and ways to 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. The individual is encouraged to take interpersonal risks, to mourn losses and to face vulnerabilities. The challenges that arise to the therapeutic relationship are used as a productive force in the treatment.

This workshop will focus on practical clinical technique. Theory is complemented by case examples and segments from treatment sessions.

More Info

1-800-456-5424 (Toll Free)


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