415/515 Trauma: Core Skills

Deany LaliotisDeany Laliotis • Saturday All Day
Underlying all the techniques and methodologies for treating trauma today is a core set of fundamental skills that determine a clinician’s effectiveness in this challenging arena of practice. This workshop will identify and explore in depth the clinical skills that transcend theoretical paradigms, bringing together all that we know about trauma treatment. First, we’ll look at the therapist’s ability to monitor and respond to clients’ moment-to-moment experience, especially extreme states of distress that carry the danger of retraumatization. Second we’ll consider the therapist’s ability to rise to the challenge of negotiating with different “parts” of the client’s self that can become activated without warning, adding intensity and confusion for both clients and the therapist. Third, we’ll look at the therapist’s ability to work with the profound sense of isolation and “radical aloneness” that lies at trauma’s core, helping to establish a secure therapeutic bond. (This session will continue with Workshop 515).

Deany Laliotis, L.I.C.S.W., is a trainer, clinical consultant, and practitioner of EMDR. She’s on the faculty of EMDR Institute, Inc., and is the codirector of EMDR of Greater Washington.

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