Avant Take: When it comes to ethical dilemmas there’s no better way to illustrate their complexity than through real life case examples – and honestly, we couldn’t make them up if we tried! Trauma work can be hard work. Working with chronically traumatized clients can be even harder work. If you have ever felt like you’re conducting a session in front of a fun house mirror where there is little clarity regarding what is helpful or harmful then you do not want to miss this ethics workshop. Get out of the fun house with the help of the inestimable Kathy Steele, who will share with us ways to stay focused and ethical in our treatment of our trauma survivors while validating the difficult nature of this intense work. To do or not to do – that is the (serious, ethical) question.
Kathy Steele, MN, CS
Kathy Steele, MN, CS has been in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia for over three decades, and is an Adjunct Faculty at Emory University. Kathy is a Fellow and a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and is the recipient of a number of awards for her clinical and published works, including the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD. She has authored numerous publications in the field of trauma and dissociation, including three books, and frequently lectures internationally on topics related to trauma, dissociation, attachment, and therapeutic resistance and impasses.
Ethics and Trauma: Perspectives from the Therapist’s Chair
Note: This is a LIVE virtual workshop that will take place via Zoom. Full attendance from 1pm-4:15pm ET is required for CE credit. Specific Zoom log-in details will be emailed to registrants the week before the workshop. For general Zoom help, please visit our Online Workshop Information Page.
This workshop will be primarily experiential, exploring our own perspectives and struggles with ethics in therapy for those who are chronically traumatized. We will address a broad array of issues through examining our own cases. In addition, we will spend time exploring our countertransference pushes and pulls that affect how we treat clients. Finally, controversies and challenges in the overall trauma field will be explored with a focus on how these can impact our practices with traumatized clients. For example, how much should we stabilize before we work on traumatic memories? Is there a downside – for clients and therapists – to focusing so much on trauma? What else might be essential to address? How can we manage clients who come to us with an identity of being a victim, or of having a trauma-related disorder? How do we help clients who present with unlikely trauma scenarios or who have no memory of trauma or who see every disappointment or relational challenge as traumatic? How do we maintain clinical focus with ever more bureaucratic demands? How do we emphasize our human connection with clients in a field that increasingly focuses on neurobiology and the brain, techniques, and most recently psychedelic drug-assisted therapy?
- Analyze case examples of ethical dilemmas and challenges in order to further improve ethical practice.
- Examine and critique personal countertransference tendencies that positively and negatively affect the therapy.
- Discuss controversies and challenges in the trauma field that impact ethical practice.
Continuing Education Credit – 3 Hours
- APA – Avant Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Avant Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- GSCSW – This workshop is approved for Ethics CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. Approval #032422
- LPC – Avant Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7225. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Avant Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
- LMFT – Related hours
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