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Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to treat Challenging Trauma Clients

Presented by Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Friday, May 26, 2023  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Friday, May 26, 2023 – Friday, May 26, 2023

8:30am – 12:00pm Morning Session

1:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Session

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

These workshops are a part of the Western Canada Mental Health Summit: Improving Skills & Competencies for Mental Health & Education Professionals. Registration and full conference line-up can be found HERE


COUNSELLING FOCUSED | Workshop #21: Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to treat Challenging Trauma Clients

MORNING SESSION | 8:30am to 12:00pm   May 26, 2023

This session is available via live stream.

This practical full day workshop, led by Dr. Robert T. Muller, author of psychotherapy bestseller: Trauma and the Avoidant Client, builds our understanding of the therapeutic relationship with challenging trauma clients.

As therapists, we try to maintain a strong therapeutic relationship, but this can be easier said than done.  Drawing on attachment theory and research, and using a relational, integrative approach, Dr. Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship in trauma work.  He points to choices therapists make in navigating the process, examining how they affect outcome

Specifically, we look at relationship patterns in trauma work, and how these can lead to troubling therapist-client enactments.  When left unchecked, such patterns lead to ruptures in the relationship.  In trauma work, how do we repair a ruptured alliance?  And how can we help clients grow from the experience?  This workshop looks at such issues in detail.

Theory is complemented by case examples and therapy segments.  We draw from Dr. Muller’s new book, Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up, winner of the 2019 ISSTD award for the year’s best written work on trauma.

COUNSELLING FOCUSED | Workshop #26: Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to treat Challenging Trauma Clients (CONTINUATION)

AFTERNOON SESSION | 1:00pm – 4:00pm   May 26, 2023

This session is available via live stream.

CONTINUATION from the morning session.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Use an attachment theory framework in relational trauma work
  • Recognize therapist-client relationship patterns in trauma treatment
  • Consider their own (therapist’s) feelings in the therapeutic process (e.g. the wish to rush into trauma work, or the wish to avoid it)
  • Notice problematic relational enactments
  • Navigate conflicts and relational ruptures to get treatment back on track
  • Use conflicts and relational ruptures to bring about posttraumatic growth

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Robert T. Muller Ph.D., C. Psych.

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C.Psych. is on faculty as a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at York University, is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD); and both of his books have won ISSTD’s award for the best written work of the year on trauma.  He has over thirty years of clinical experience in the field, and maintains an active private practice in downtown Toronto. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Muller has been practicing, teaching, and supervising in the areas of trauma, attachment, and psychotherapy. He is the author of the award-winning psychotherapy bestseller, Trauma and the Avoidant Client: Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing, published by Norton Press. In addition, he has authored numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and grants, and is currently lead investigator in a provincially-funded, multi-site program for the assessment and treatment of intra-familial trauma. He completed his clinical training at Harvard University, and has been active in the field since then.

Trauma and the Avoidant Client is available for purchase on Amazon.

For more information on trauma and mental health please visit Dr. Muller’s blog Talking about Trauma and the online magazine The Trauma and Mental Health Report.

Dr. Muller’s newest book is entitled Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up, and it’s about how to navigate the psychotherapy relationship with challenging trauma clients. This book is available purchase on Amazon.



Who Should Attend

Mental Health Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all other mental health professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Education Professionals: All education professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers and all other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Call: Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates”. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888 or 1.800.661.1464.

Email: Email your reservation request to res@calgaryplaza.com

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours. If you are booking guest rooms through third-party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot be cancelled.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $259 $279
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $469 $489
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $659 $679
Group 3-7 $639 $659
Group 8-14 $619 $639
Group 15+ $599 $619
Full-Time Student $599 $619

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: May 10, 2023
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

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