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Engaging Traumatized Clients who Avoid Attachment, Closeness & Painful Feelings

A 2-day training workshop

Speaker: Dr Robert T. Muller
Date: 27 & 28 April 2020, Monday and Tuesday
Location: Online streaming only
Times: 10:00am to 5:00pm on both days
CPD hours: 12
Ticket price per delegate for online streaming of the event: £249

Note: Workshop registrations include a complimentary copy of Dr. Muller’s new book: Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up:  From Avoidance to Recovery & Growth.  The book complements the workshop, providing material for attendees to further their learning.

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This practical workshop, led by Dr Robert T. Muller – a leading expert on therapy for Trauma and globally acclaimed author of the psychotherapy bestseller: ‘Trauma & the Avoidant Client, Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing’ – is aimed at building our therapeutic understanding of clinical work with avoidant clients.

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Full Course Information

While there has been considerable research into treatment of trauma, surprisingly little work has focused on specific intervention strategies to help traumatised clients who are avoidant of attachment.  Many clients cope with traumatic intra-familial experiences by minimising painful feelings, by becoming emotionally distant, and by devaluing interpersonal closeness, intimacy and feelings of vulnerability.  With individuals who adopt a self-protective help-rejecting stance, psychotherapy can prove extremely challenging for client and therapist alike.

Drawing upon attachment theory and research, and upon a wealth of clinical experience, Dr Muller explains how, as psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, we can work with such hard-to-treat clients, how we can find points of entry and ways in which we can make contact.  Using a relational, psychodynamic approach, the workshop discusses and demonstrates strategies for developing the therapeutic relationship, such that we can assist the client regain a sense of trust in others. We explore therapeutic techniques through which the client is encouraged to take interpersonal risks, to mourn losses, and to face vulnerabilities. Uniquely, Dr Muller illustrates how the frustrating challenges that arise in the therapeutic relationship can in fact be used as a productive force in the therapeutic process.

Throughout the workshop, Theory is complemented by case examples and segments from Dr Muller’s own therapeutic sessions. The workshop focusses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in our work as therapists.

Course aims

The course aims to provide an integrative training approach that enables practitioners using different therapeutic modalities to integrate the relevant elements of Attachment Theory and Research with their existing skills, which they can then apply to their work, so as to:

  • recognise characteristics of avoidant attachment
  • productively use trauma-related symptoms
  • maximise client engagement throughout the process
  • work with affect
  • recognise and utilise client transference
  • plan for the termination phase of therapy


About the speaker

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C.Psych. trained at Harvard, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto.  Dr Muller is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment. His psychotherapy bestseller, Trauma and the Avoidant Client, has been translated widely, and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year’s best written work on trauma. As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr Muller has lectured internationally (Australia, UK, Europe, USA), and has been keynote speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada.  He founded an online magazine, The Trauma & Mental Health Report, that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year. With over 25 years in the field, he practices in Toronto.

NScience | Mental Health Seminars
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Course Location & Directions

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin 127/128 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin D02 HE18 Ireland

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