therapeutic communication and cooperation with them. You’ll learn how to help clients recognize and work with alters to understand what they’re protecting the client from or defending against. We’ll demonstrate specific strategies, including art, collage, painting, and writing, that invite these alters to find a language that can speak to the rest of the person, rather than taking over completely. Detailed case histories will suggest additional approaches that allow clients to gain greater control and begin reintegrating the broken-off fragments of their personalities.
Lisa Ferentz, L.C.S.W.C-C., a private practitioner, consultant, and educator specializing in trauma, is the founder of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education and author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide. To learn more, visit http://www.lisaferentz.com.