By Rich Simon
Over the last 20 or 30 years, probably no other diagnosis has been more alluring to the therapy profession and more prone to evoking fervid discussion than trauma. None has done more than trauma to spark therapeutic creativity, generate new and innovative treatments, and even transform the way we think about and practice therapy in almost any setting with almost any client.
For one thing, we no longer think only in terms of psychotherapy as a largely mind-to-mind exercise between therapist and client. In what’s really a revolution in the field, trauma has largely ushered in a truly holistic, integrated way of thinking about all so-called mental disorders. If anything can kill off the last remnants of Cartesian dualism in psychotherapy, it should be this profoundly integrative convergence of what were once thought incompatible streams of knowledge.
This year’s Networker Symposium offers a rare opportunity to see the some of the field’s leading innovators demonstrate their work and highlight the latest advances in the treatment of trauma. To get a sense of the cutting edge in trauma treatment today, just take a look at some of the offerings on this year’s program:
Engaging the Client with a Disorganized Attachment Style with Diana Fosha, Stephen Porges and Diane Poole Heller
Two noted trauma specialists and a noted neuroscientist explore the fraught, moment-to-moment decision-making involved in doing attachment-based work extremely vulnerable clients.
Moving Through the Eye of the Storm with Richard Schwartz, Deany Laliotis and Janina Fisher
While most trauma therapists agree that establishing a sense of safety and connection is essential to therapeutic success, here’s a chance to see two master therapists use clinical videos to demonstrate two very different approaches.
Working the Edge in Healing Trauma with Diane Poole Heller
We all know the dangers of pushing trauma clients too far too fast. But what about the dangers of playing it too safe? When can a therapist’s overprotectiveness get in the way of growth?
Post-Traumatic Growth with Lisa Ferentz
In addition to helping clients process the pain of trauma, what about nurturing their potential for new possibilities of healing through post-traumatic growth?
The Challenge of Treating Complex PTSD with Mary Jo Barrett and Linda Stone Fish
When working with trauma cases how often do you see clients go into flight, fight and/or freeze?
Expand your repertoire of techniques to handle matters when things heat up and get intense.
The Many Faces of EMDR with Deany Lalitois
Discover how to use this evidence-based model, not only with trauma but with a broad spectrum of presenting issues.
If you’re looking for new ideas for your practice and new directions in your work with trauma, register for Symposium 2016 now.
Editor, Psychotherapy Networker