In the Space Between: Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Complex Trauma

Common Factors research shows clearly the centrality of the relationship for good outcomes in psychotherapy, including a reduction in symptoms and increase in functioning for those affected by mental illness. The space between practitioner and client is vital for healing from experiences of complex trauma, as the fear and violence were typically committed in relationship. Attending to the attachment relationship and providing a holding environment allows clients to rework early disruptions in attachment patterns due to experiences of trauma. This workshop will use contemporary relational psychodynamic theory to explicate a model for treating complex trauma through an empathic, client-centered, and intersubjective relational lens. Integration of anti-oppressive practice theory and trauma-informed care principles will be woven throughout. Attention will also be paid to the needs of the practitioner in managing the intensity of transference and countertransference in the treatment of trauma. Participants will leave the training with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary relational theory for the treatment of complexly traumatized populations.

Please note: Each class will be held via Zoom. Participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience and there will be numerous opportunities for engagement (e.g. small group discussions, role plays, case studies). As such, learners should prepare for active participation. We ask that students keep their cameras on as much as they are able, while understanding that it may not be possible to keep cameras on throughout the entire class. Rest assured that we will take many breaks throughout each class to help assuage Zoom fatigue.

Counts as Treatment course for Trauma Certificate Program

Instructor: Amirthini Keefe MSW, LICSW Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LICSW

Date(s): 03/09/2021

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

CEUs: 6 CEUs; 6 Clinical Clock Hours; 1 hour in assessment-based clinical treatment planning with measurable goals, 4.5 hours in clinical intervention methods informed by research and current standards of practice, .5 clock hour in social work values and ethics, including cultural context, diversity, and social policy

Cost: $150

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