Forgiveness: A Double-Edged Sword in Trauma Therapy
Forgiveness has become a popular topic in mental health writing. Myriad specialists call individuals to its highroad. But in practice, when people have suffered from interpersonal trauma, often at the hands of those they trusted most, forgiveness can be easier said than done. This webinar will take a detailed look at forgiveness in trauma therapy and consider the ways in which it serves as a double-edged sword. Sometimes helpful and necessary, sometimes not. Participants will examine such topics as rushed forgiveness and how it affects trauma clients. This presentation will look at apologies and their role in authentic forgiveness. Participants will consider how it can be helpful for clients to view forgiveness as a process, rather thana virtue. Finally, the workshop will address self-forgiveness, and how sometimes in trauma work, clients and therapists struggle to forgive themselves. Throughout the webinar, clinical material will be used to illustrate concepts, and participants will be invited to share. This webinar will be of interest to all mental health students and practitioners with an interest in trauma, counselling, or psychotherapy.
Potential to Distress: Yes (Mild)
Upon Completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Distinguish between authentic forgiveness and rushed forgiveness
- Identify the process of forgiveness in trauma therapy
- Outline the role of apology in the forgiveness process
- Recognize the role of self-forgiveness in trauma work
- Apply concepts learned into practice
Presenter: Robert T Muller, PhD
Presenter Biography: Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. 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 newest book, "Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up" was awarded the 2019 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma. And his awardwinning bestseller, "Trauma & the Avoidant Client" has been translated widely. 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 Rep
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