Maintaining Safety and Stability in Trauma Therapy
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, DEANY LALIOTIS & JANINA FISHER
Whatever their approach, most trauma therapists would agree that establishing a sense of safety and connection is essential to therapeutic success. But different models offer very different methods for creating those conditions. Using videos of actual sessions, this Clinical Showcase session will examine the contrasting ways that Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach this fundamental clinical task. Among the topics covered will be how to:
- Rise to the challenge of negotiating with different parts of self that can be activated by trauma
- Maintain an attuned connection with the client, while at the same time, facilitating the client’s access to their inner experience
- Enhance your ability to respond effectively to clients’ moment-to-moment experience, especially during extreme states of distress, that may trigger you
Richard Schwartz, PhD, is director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the Internal Family Systems Model. He’s also the author of Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Deany Laliotis, LICSW, is a trainer, clinical consultant, and practitioner of EMDR. She’s on the faculty of EMDR Institute, Inc., and is the codirector of EMDR of Greater Washington.
Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center in Boston, a senior faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.
* Clinical Showcases highlight the different ways well-known innovators approach common clinical problems. Master therapists will show video clips of their work and then engage in a probing exploration of their moment-to-moment therapeutic decision-making. The goal is to open up possibilities for dialogue, debate, and fresh perspectives not usually featured within more standard workshop formats.