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Healing From Loss and Abandonment

12.0 CE Hours Available

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To grow up with the dynamics of loss, be it from living with addiction, violence, or simply unavailable parents, creates a legacy of internalized shame that is a major contributor to the rampant addictions in our culture. This seminar is a combination of didactic and experiential facilitation offering a variety of clinical strategies pertinent to healing the generational repetition of addictive/affective disorders.


Vintage courses do not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe relationship of loss and abandonment to shame-based defenses
  • Recognize role of loss and abandonment with addictive/affective disorders
  • Describe a variety of cognitive behavior strategies to intervene with emotional reactivity



Complex Trauma Defined

  • Onset (usually involves or includes childhood trauma)
  • Duration (prolonged, usually extends to adulthood)
  • Frequency (multiple exposures)
  • Relational (usually interpersonal)
  • Complexity (multiple victimization modalities)

Clinical Presentation

  • Affect dysregulation
  • Chronic PTSD
  • Overdeveloped avoidance strategies (including dissociation and substances abuse)
  • Deep (as opposed to surface) cognitive structures regarding self
  • Insecure attachment-related relational schemata that are easily triggered by interpersonal contact
  • Borderline Personality Disorder reconsidered

Treatment: The Self-Trauma Model

  • The Therapeutic Window
  • The balance between therapeutic challenge and overwhelming internal experience
  • Intensity control, sequence of goals

Intervening In Trauma Symptoms

  • Central aspects of trauma processing Exposure, activation, disparity, extinction/counterconditioning, and resolution

Exploration of Memories

  • Therapeutic exposure
  • Intensity and titration as function of affect regulation capacities- the Window
  • The client's need for avoidance/dissociation
  • Levels of trauma processing :Abstract, Narrative, Reliving/Sensory

Intervening In Impaired Self-reference

  • Safety and support in therapeutic relationship
  • Exploration of self (development of self-knowledge and selfdirectedness)
  • Didactic/Linehan-type interventions
  • Repetitive exposure and processing as affect regulation training

Cognitive Interventions

  • Activating and processing relational schema and other "deep structures" in the context of the therapeutic relationship
  • Reconsidering "transference"
  • Reconsidering "countertransference"

More Cognitive Interventions

  • Window work for relational flashbacks - Cognitive activation within the therapeutic window
  • Cognitive reconsideration
  • Normalization and reframing symptoms
  • Development of a coherent narrative