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Transforming Trauma-Related Resistance and Stuckness
Monday, August 23, 2021, 8:00 AM to Friday, August 27, 2021, 5:00 PM EST
Category: CE Events: Adult Individuals

Coming to therapy is a cry for help, requiring the ability to acknowledge vulnerability. But for those who have been abused, abandoned, or rejected, being vulnerable is associated with powerlessness, humiliation, and violence. Almost every kind of traumatic or painful experience in life involves incompetence or cruelty perpetrated by other human beings. No matter how much clients sincerely want our help, they cannot control the triggering of instinctive fight, flight, or submission defenses in the presence of other human beings. Should the client commit to therapy or flee? Combat the therapist’s every effort? Or “submit” by coming but not fully participating? To seek help may bring initial relief in a moment of crisis but also inevitably raises doubts: Is it better to trust or avoid trusting? Whether resistance manifests as a passive aggressive ‘no’ to every therapeutic intervention, as unchecked self-destructive behavior, a struggle for therapeutic control, or desperation for help alternating with resistance to accepting it, the underlying dilemma is the same. What we label “resistance” may actually reflect inherent trauma-related conflicts activated by all forms of treatment and all types of therapists.In this workshop, we will explore the complex relationships between these internal trauma-related conflicts and resistance in psychotherapy. Using techniques drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and other mindfulness-based models, participants will learn how to de-code resistance or stuckness and help clients work with it as an internal conflict, not a therapeutic issue. When we help them “befriend” the resistance, we become part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

Hosted by MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute online and in Eastham, MA for 15 CEs. For more info, visit www.cape.org.