In this 6-hour workshop we will explore creative ways to empower clients to continue their work outside of therapy by introducing “invitations” to be accomplished in between their sessions. Participants will learn about specific assignments that are designed to deepen insights, help clients practice and master new behaviors, strengthen healthier cognitions, increase self-confidence, self-compassion, and self-care. We will also address the guidelines that need to be followed to help clients successfully follow through with the agreed upon invitations. For those clients who are still impacted by Covid, we will acknowledge the tasks that can address the mental fallout of the Pandemic. Since many clients have turned to destructive coping strategies in response to Covid, we will explore the CARESS model which replaces standard safety contracts and gives clients concrete steps to follow when they get the impulse to engage in self-harm.
In the second half of the workshop, we will compare the therapist’s perspective on treatment with a traumatized client’s assumptions and expectations when they enter therapy. We will look at specific dynamics related to transference and traumatic transference and process videos that depict these inter-personal scenarios in treatment. This will include a discussion about the impact that family and cultural values and beliefs have on therapy and the therapeutic relationship. We will also address the potential triggers in therapy including: the practice setting; therapists’ inadvertent errors; and the paradigms that are used in treatment. We will look at issues of trust, client testing, boundary violations, idealizing or bad-mouthing the therapist, the client’s impulse to sabotage the relationship and how to best address these transferential dynamics without evoking additional shame or blame.
8:15am-8:45 am Registration & Breakfast
10:00-10:07 am Break
11:00-11:08 am Break
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
2:00-2:05 pm Break
3:00-3:07 pm Break