The Psychodynamics of Trauma

Integrating Dynamic Principles into Psychotherapy for Trauma

A One-Day Workshop

Dr. Joel Town, DClinPsy

17th June 2020
9:00 – 16:00
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Exposure to actual or perceived life-threatening situations can lead to persistent and intrusive unhelpful thoughts and feelings, despite social supports and therapeutic efforts. Attempts at processing the trauma events in therapy can easily be side-tracked and the goals within sessions interrupted.

One approach to therapy does not fit all, particularly when working with trauma. This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to central psychodynamic principles for tailoring psychotherapy treatment for post-traumatic stress. There will be a combination of didactic teaching, review of video-based case examples, and opportunities for skill-based learning. This workshop is designed for both novice and experienced psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors who are providing therapy for trauma, interested to develop or consolidate foundational knowledge and skills to inform their clinical work.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to develop a psychodynamic relational formulation
  • How to establish a dynamic focus in trauma-based therapy
  • How to identify and understand recurring affective patterns (defences) in relationships
  • How to help a client become aware of unexpressed or unconscious feelings

6080 Young Street, Suite 301, Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3K 5L2

Phone: (902) 444-3443
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