This class is only open to participants of the Level I program.
For information about the Level I Trauma Certificate Program,click here.
In this 6-hour workshop we will process the inherent challenges of working with traumatized clients in a variety of practice settings. Participants will explore the impact that a perpetually “externalized focus” has and the price we pay when we don’t maintain a dual awareness in our work. There is often a disconnect between the energy and effort professionals exert to helping others versus the time they spend re-charging and taking care of themselves. Several writing experientials will allow us to see that discrepancy and invite curiosity about the negative impact it has on clinician efficacy. We will also address the history and evolution of co-dependency and how the need for external validation can make therapists vulnerable to vicarious traumatization. We will identify the risk factors that can lead to secondary traumatization and burn-out including: issues of control; repression; obsessive thinking; weak boundaries; distraction and denial. Participants will process how vicarious trauma manifests in the workplace. We will also identify the warning signs that let clinicians know their objectivity and effectiveness have been compromised.
Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss the potential role that spirituality and religious observance can play, both as a resource in their own lives and in their clients’ healing journeys. Using video examples, we will identify four potential counter-transferential reactive modes that can impact the work and process case examples that illustrate the adverse effect of counter-transference.
Identify at least five inherent stressors that exist for helping professionals working with traumatized clients.
Distinguish between “internal” and “external” focus and explain the concept of dual awareness in therapy.
Explain the roots of co-dependence and the family of origin dynamics that make a person vulnerable to needing constant external validation.
Define the concept of vicarious traumatization and explain its relevance to the client-therapist relationship.
Describe at least four risk factors that make helping professionals vulnerable to secondary traumatization and four warning signs that indicate burn-out.
Explain the role of spirituality in trauma treatment and provide several examples of questions that can be used to assess for the viability of spirituality as a resource.
Identify the four possible “reactive modes” that therapists can manifest when they are triggered and overcome by counter-transference.
Explain the difference between empathic disequilibrium and empathic repression.
Give four examples of how vicarious traumatization manifests in the workplace.
Trauma and the Therapeutic Alliance: Part III Class Eight- Agenda/Outline
8:30-8:45 am Registration
Identifying and processing the challenges of working with traumatized clients
Helping others vs. helping ourselves- writing experiential
Balancing an Internal and external focus
10:00-10:07 am Break
Exploring the roots of co-dependency: family -of-origin dynamics; resolving a sense of failure; the absence of internal validation; the need for external validation
11:00-11:08 am Break
Understanding vicarious traumatization: risk factors and personal attributes that make us vulnerable
Defining self-care and why it’s hard to do
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
The warning signs of vicarious traumatization
How secondary trauma manifests in the workplace
Family-of-origin and career choices- writing experiential
2:00-2:05 pm Break
The helping professional and counter-transference
Processing empathic disequilibrium-video
Processing empathic enmeshment-video
3:00-3:07 pm Break
Processing empathic withdrawal-video
Processing empathic repression-video
Addressing vicarious traumatization
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