Providing treatment targeting a myriad of changes that emerge from a client’s past traumatic experience is often challenging for mental health providers. A one-size-fits-all intervention rarely fully addresses all the problems associated with PTSD, the uniqueness of each client’s recovery journey, and the context of a survivor’s experience. Integrative approaches are better suited for intervening with different traumatized clients. This workshop is for practitioners who wish to provide a safe emotional space and immerse into the depths of processing traumatic memories. Integrative psychotherapy techniques addressing trauma-related triggers, guilt, repressed anger, and unresolved grief are highlighted, as well as considerations for a client’s own cultural, developmental, and situational context. Rapport building is discussed as a metaphor for having a “dive buddy” and self-care for practitioners. Throughout the workshop, clinical cases will be presented to illustrate the application of integrative psychotherapy methods.
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