5 EMDRIA Credits
This online course will explore two major aspects of working with developmental trauma: relational and regulatory strategies. One of the most important components of treatment is establishing and maintaining a stable and safe therapeutic relationship based on collaboration rather than rescue and compassionate curiosity. We will explore why rescuing and caretaking behaviors can actually destabilize clients, even though the therapist has good intentions. We will also discuss why a more collaborative relationship promotes agency in the client to do the work of therapy and evokes less activation of overwhelming attachment emotions. The fact that the most intense emotions are found in conflicts about attachment and attachment loss, links these relational strategies with interventions that support emotional and behavioral regulation. We will examine emotional dysregulation as it relates to attachment challenges and how to work with our clients to support better attachment regulation. Case examples will illustrate conceptual points.