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Working With Trauma in Psychotherapy
Fri, 5 May 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM PDT
Clinicians have good reason to pay attention to trauma in therapy; trauma is highly prevalent among adult clients and is associated with post-traumatic stress, depressive and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, suicidality, general health problems, and chronic pain. Trauma-informed services can reframe treatment difficulties in light of the effects of trauma, and can focus intervention efforts on ameliorating the long-term impact of such experiences. Left unattended, the effects of trauma can be especially pernicious. This continuing education event, focusing on the principles and techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as exploring the role of disclosure of trauma in psychotherapy, will enhance clinicians’ capacities to respond effectively to the inherent challenges of working with trauma in therapy.
Morning Session: Working with trauma using principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Alicia Spidel
Clinicians are often faced with issues involving trauma when treating various problems in psychotherapy. Effective and efficient strategies for working with the effects of trauma are thus highly desirable. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an empirically-based approach that integrates mindfulness-based and behaviour change strategies to help patients develop healthy skills for managing distressing inner experiences.
This presentation will describe how the principles and techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can be applied to the treatment of trauma. Therapy involving Acceptance and Commitment strategies can help patients enhance their capacity for living in the present and develop flexible responses to feared situations. Clinical material will be used to demonstrate ACT principles, and participants will learn practical strategies for implementing ACT processes in their clinical work.
Afternoon Session: Disclosure in Psychotherapy with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse; Dr. Barry Segal
Childhood sexual abuse is a devastating trauma that is unfortunately common in the personal histories of patients in psychotherapy. Such trauma adds layers of complexity to the treatment and recovery process. Childhood sexual abuse is often concealed behind an intense fear of disclosure, and may never have been revealed to anyone. Often, the sexual abuse is not even revealed in psychotherapy.
This presentation will explore the role of disclosure of childhood sexual trauma in psychotherapy. The process of disclosure is difficult work, requiring special sensitivity. The presentation will address the clinical challenges involved in understanding the dynamics of the abuse, dealing with the emergence of traumatic states, and developing a narrative that can help the patient process and think about unspeakable experiences. Clinical material will be used to illustrate ways in which the clinician may respond therapeutically, contributing to the patient’s sense of integration and empowerment.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Alicia Spidel is a psychotherapist specializing in trauma in community mental health settings in the Fraser Health Authority, and a faculty member in the Criminology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Alicia has lectured extensively in academic and clinical settings throughout Metro Vancouver, and presented at numerous national and international conferences. She is the author of over 30 academic publications on subjects including trauma, violence, substance abuse, and mental health.
Dr. Barry Segal is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and a psychiatrist in private practice. Dr. Segal is an active member of the UBC Psychotherapy Program, where he teaches and supervises psychiatry residents in the theory and practice of psychotherapy.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This continuing education event is intended for psychotherapists and trainees of any mental health discipline or background. Psychotherapy educators, supervisors, and managers of mental health treatment programs are also very welcome.
- 9:00-9:30 am: Sign-in (coffee/tea & light breakfast items provided)
- 9:30-10:30 am: Working with trauma using principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - part 1; Alicia Spidel
- 10:30-10:45 am: Coffee
- 10:45-11:30 am: Working with trauma using principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - part 2; Alicia Spidel
- 11:30-1:00 pm: Lunch on your own/Explore UBC campus
- 1:00-2:00 pm: Disclosure in Psychotherapy with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse - part 1; Dr. Barry Segal
- 2:00-2:15 pm: Coffee
- 2:15-3:15 pm: Disclosure in Psychotherapy with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse - part 1; Dr. Barry Segal
- 3:15-3:30 pm: Wrap-up & collection of evaluation forms
Parking for the event can be found in the Thuderbird Parkade, 6085 Thunderbird Boulevard (Click HERE for map).
PLACES FOR LUNCH
A wide variety of eateries are nearby the continuing education event location, within easy walking distance (Click HERE for a list of what’s available).
The beautiful and unique campus of UBC offers many wonderful attractions to visit including: Nitobe Japanese Gardens, Beatty Biodiversity Museum, and the world-famous Museum of Anthropology. Click HERE to see a list of attractions.