The assumption that the goal of trauma treatment should be the processing of traumatic events has been unquestioned for many decades. Now, advances in our understanding of trauma have directed us toward a somewhat different goal: the resolution of implicit and explicit components of memory that continue to intrude on the client’s present experience. To further complicate the issue of addressing memory, fragmentation of the personality also results in fragmentation of implicit and explicit memory and increases internal conflicts between parts that block disclosure and parts that are desperate to tell someone. Each part anxiously anticipates a repetition of the past without any sense that ‘it’ is over. How do we help clients resolve the past when the past is still present for the parts?
In this workshop, you will be introduced to a new approach to resolution of traumatic memories using TIST, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment. In TIST, treating implicit memory is seen as more crucial in processing trauma than treating explicit memory. Simple techniques aimed at repairing the effects of traumatic events will be the focus.