Overcoming Barriers to Developing a Therapeutic Alliance with Traumatized Patients: Trauma, Enactment and Integration (Advanced Clinicians)
Rebecca Mair, Ph.D.
Graduate, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
Six Thursdays / October 14, 21, November 11, 18, December 2, 9, 2010
9 CME and CE Credit Hours
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
The course, for advanced clinicians, will explore trauma and aspects of therapeutic alliance that facilitate growth, healing, and change. In the face of immense psychological pain, why do some patients create psychological barriers to developing a therapeutic alliance? We will study how early trauma manifests a distinct pattern of fantasy, traumatic memory and defensive structures to provide a sense of safety and operate through life as a barrier against connectedness/intimacy. Relevant literature and clinical vignettes will be presented. Participants encouraged to present their case vignettes.
Course Objective: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the complexity and utility of the therapeutic alliance in working with the traumatized patient.