Our field has come a long way in addressing the challenges of complex development trauma. Unfortunately, no matter how much progress clients make in therapy, once they leave the safe space of our offices, they often fall back into patterns of negative emotion and dysfunctional relationships. In this workshop, you’ll learn concrete strategies for involving partners and other family members in the treatment process to make sure that the cognitive and self-regulation skills clients learn in therapy transfer to everyday life. We’ll explore:
- How to avoid demonizing clients’ families and playing the role of therapeutic rescuer when family trauma is involved
- The benefits of involving family members in the therapy process, including the opportunity to witness our clients’ experience and become partners in healing
- Specific strategies for integrating couples and family therapy techniques with individual therapy, and educating families about their reactive feedback loops
Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change and coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change and The Systemic Treatment of Incest. Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University, is the author of Nurturing Queer Youth.