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Working with ‘Complicated’ and Resistant Clients in an Online Environment: Video Course


Speaker: Dr Jamie Marich

Product: Video Course
Price: £65

CPD Hours: 3

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Unhealed Complex Trauma, maladaptive Dissociation, presence of dissociative disorders or enhanced resistance – can all be ‘complicating’ factors in clinical settings, with a potential to increasing the complexity of our therapeutic endeavours. These presentations and the concomitant therapeutic journey can understandably be even more anxiety provoking for us, as therapists, when we are attempting to conduct therapy in an online environment. Moreover, the symptomatology of such ‘complicated’ cases can be heightened on account of the disquietude created by COVID 19.  At this engaging and informative seminar, trauma specialist and dissociation advocate Dr Jamie March helps us demystify the perceived complexity surrounding ‘complicated’ cases and apparent client-resistance; providing us with a practical and sensitive orientation to the therapeutic approaches we need to follow.

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The seminar starts with a discussion on ‘what makes a complicated client complicated?’ Jamie uncovers common areas of resistance and explains resistance through the lens of trauma-focused and dissociation-informed therapeutic approaches. Jamie then follows an integrative approach, with specific focus on relational attunement, motivational interviewing and grounding skills. Strategies are provided for translating this knowledge to practice settings and making the best clinical decisions possible, particularly in treatment planning, case conceptualisation and working with extreme emotional stress.

Through case vignettes and discussions, we explore:

  • The pathways through which unhealed complex trauma can manifest in resistant behaviour
  • The ways in which dissociation can present maladaptively and adaptively for an individual client as a response to complex trauma
  • The difficulties that both client and therapist can face when working online, especially in the current isolation-inducing COVID 19 environment; and the techniques we can adopt from Motivational Interviewing & Person-Centred, Trauma-Focused therapy to help with these challenges
  • Practical steps that we need to take to implement at least 3 different grounding strategies in our online clinical work
  • A strengths-based approach that can make our clients well-equipped for dealing with distressing manifestations
  • Inventory our own fears, as therapists, about online clinical work, ‘complicated’ clients and apparent client-resistance

About the speaker

Dr Jamie Marich began her career working for humanitarian aid in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 2000-2003. As the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, she travels internationally, speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts therapy, mindfulness, and yoga while maintaining a private practice in her home town of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and regularly trains facilitators to take this unique practice into both clinical and community settings.

Dr Marich is the author of several books on trauma recovery: Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery (2019), EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (2018, with Dr Stephen Dansiger), Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015), Trauma Made Simple (2014), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma and the Twelve Steps (2012), and EMDR Made Simple (2011). She considers herself outspoken and freely shares her own experiences in recovery from dissociative disorder.

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