ATR-683 Trauma Psychotherapy in Couples and Relationships (S22)
Humans are relational beings. Every client seeking therapy has past, present and future relationships. The presenting concerns for many people are the challenges they encounter in their significant relationships. Most adult clients have a significant other who impacts their psychological health. This may be their current partner or another primary relationship. Unless this partner is included in treatment, therapy can flounder or result in a destructive triangle formation. However, treating this couple together can blind the therapist to the presence of hidden domestic violence. Looking beneath the stated presenting complaint, this course is informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Principles of Attachment and Trauma Informed Therapy. It covers basic principles for therapeutic work with distressed couples and distressed individuals in a primary relationship. Exploration of relationships within families, including parent -child dynamics will also be explored.