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Bringing the Family Into Trauma Treatment

Mary Jo Barrett Explains Why Consulting with Clients’ Families is so Important When Treating Trauma

From deep breathing to journaling, therapists employ many exercises to help clients fight trauma. But what if the most effective method for helping these clients wasn’t an exercise at all? What if the key to making leaps and bounds was a present but unexplored element in a client’s life?

According to Mary Jo Barrett, author of Treating Complex Trauma, a client’s family is the therapist’s biggest ally in treating trauma. Still, she says, many clinicians overlook how family therapy can shed light on problems and support recovery.

In this brief video clip, Mary Jo explains why bringing the family into therapy should be our first stop when treating trauma. It not only establishes parents and spouses as allies when they’re informed about the client’s needs, but gives the therapist a broader, more accurate view of the trauma survivor’s private world. Often, Mary Jo adds, families can trigger trauma. Having them present lets her witness how and why firsthand.

Join us for our Networker Webcast series The Trauma Treatment Revolution, where Mary gives additional tips on handling family therapy, shares ways to work alongside trauma specialists handling complex cases, and explains how to help family members engage a trauma survivor’s brain when it enters a shutdown state.

Are you ready to master the latest trauma treatment approaches? Gain a deep understanding of trauma and learn the methods you need to address them in this all-new 6-session Webcast series—The Trauma Treatment Revolution.

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