Military Sexual Trauma: Treatment Options Based on Context (3 CEUs)

Training Description

Appropriate treatment of sexual assault and/or harassment from a client’s active-duty military experience can be challenging for mental health providers. A one-size-fits-all intervention may not be the most appropriate intervention, given the complexity of issues or the timing within a client’s counseling journey. The context of a survivor’s experience and creating a collaborative counseling relationship are important variables to consider as therapists facilitate each survivor’s recovery process. This presentation will discuss the option of integrative psychotherapy techniques (including evidence to support multiple interventions) which allow for a client’s context to be taken into account and the building of rapport as a priority. If time, a case will also be presented illustrating the application of integrative methods.

Length of Training
3 Hours
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Objectives of Training
Participants will be able to state the risk factors with military sexual trauma vs. civilian sexual trauma incidences.
Participants will be able to discuss the use of integrative psychotherapy methods for use among assault survivors with complex issues.
Participants will be able to describe a model that allows assessment of a client’s traumatic event context, as well as healing context.
Participants will be able to describe their own context as clinicians that may maximize their ability to work with sex assault survivors.
Training Platform
Sources Cited

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Payne, A., Liebling-Kalifani, H., & Joseph, S. (2007). Client-centred group therapy for survivors of interpersonal trauma: A pilot investigation. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research7(2), 100-105. DOI: 10.1080/14733140701343799 

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Smith, C. P., & Freyd, J. J. (2013). Dangerous safe havens: Institutional betrayal exacerbates sexual trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress26(1), 119-124. DOI: 10.1002/jts.21778