Total CE Credit Hours: 1.5
Course Info URL: https://www.ce-credit.com/courses/102754
About the Course:
Survivors of ritual abuse and mind control are stepping forward in unprecedented numbers on social media and revealing themselves in therapy settings. These clients are almost universally engineered with techniques that involve creation of polyfragmented Dissociative Identity Disorder. Treating such clients requires a high degree of skill, especially in forming and maintaining a caring treatment relationship. In many cases these clients have been conditioned to accept that they are unlovable and untreatable. Their experiences are extreme and highly traumatic. In some cases their handlers (abusers) have even mimicked psychologists and/or psychiatrists creating aversive conditioning to therapy itself. Therapists of these clients are challenged with intense visceral reactions to both disclosures of unimaginable abuse and the extreme dysregulation these clients can display in and out of sessions. Their stories and behavior will push all the countertransference buttons from extreme maternal sympathy to horror and revulsion. This is advanced practice! Ideally therapists help these dissociative clients develop a strong attachment to their treater that can weather the ups and downs of extreme trauma work. Yet each therapist has thresholds of affect tolerance and belief that affect their clinical ability to stay connected to clients and help process catastrophic experiences. This workshop focuses on: growing relational ability in the therapist, techniques to hear and respond effectively to extreme trauma disclosures, and increasing mindfulness of countertransference reactions from moment to moment without shutting down or acting out. Effective therapeutic apology and other reparative strategies are presented for working through the inevitable ruptures of attachment in trauma therapy when countertransference gets away from us.
This course is based on the recorded webinar, Navigating Countertransference with Ritually Abused Clients created by Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW in 2019.
12:00pm – 1:30 PM EDT 10/3/2019
Course Material Author
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate levels of knowledge.
Name three common ways that therapists compromise patient attachment in trauma treatment
Identify and utilize evidence-based session rating metrics in their clinical practices
Deliver an effective apology that rehabilitates and strengthens attachment in the therapy setting
Respond compassionately to traumatic or unbelievable disclosures in a way that does not rupture the attachment to the treater and facilitates a greater holding environment for the treatment
Identify areas of countertransference that include thresholds of belief, spirituality and horror in themselves and neutralize reactivity that could cause a rupture in attachment in treatment.
American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)
1.5 credit hour
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
1.5 credit hour
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
1.5 credit hour
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