Total CE Credit Hours: 1.5
Course Info URL: https://www.ce-credit.com/courses/102785
About the Course:
One of the more challenging problems of working with complex developmental trauma is how to effectively manage the therapeutic relationship. We are directed to help the client develop secure attachment; yet close relationship activates the insoluable dilemma of the client’s history: needing to attach while feeling threatened. Intense dependency, avoidance, and aggression may subsequently become difficult to manage. We will take a fresh look at how to conceptualize several intrinsic motivational systems that impact the therapeutic relationship, and the problems that ensue when activation of one system impedes others in both client and therapist. Participants will be invited to a thought-provoking examination of not only the advantages, but the disadvantages and challenges of using the standard “parent-child” model of attachment for adults in psychotherapy whose caretakers were the source of threat. The over-activation of attachment-seeking in the client naturally inhibits curiosity and also elicits the therapist’s caretaking system, potentially leading to a derailment of therapy into a rescue endeavor. We will explore the roles of the motivational systems of exploration, attachment, caretaking, collaboration, competition, and defense in the therapeutic relationship. Participants will learn practical strategies for managing the therapeutic relationship from this perspective.
This course is based on the recorded webinar, Beyond Attachment: A Collaborative Model of Relationship for Complex Developmental Trauma created by Kathy Steele, MN, CS in 2019.
Course Material Author
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. This content is at an intermediate level.
Discuss the pros and cons of the standard parent-child model of attachment in the psychotherapy of adults with complex developmental trauma disorders.
Identify intrinsic motivational systems in both therapist and client that impact the therapeutic relationship.
Employ at least three interventions to minimize activation of the client’s attachment system, and promote a more collaborative relationship that focuses on mutually shared goals and interest/curiosity.
American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)
1.5 CE Credit hour
American Psychological Association (APA)
1.5 CE Credit hour
CE Learning Systems is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
1.5 CE Credit hour
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
1.5 CPD hour
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