18MH016 - When Techniques Fall Short: Troubleshooting Trauma Therapy

Jun 22, 2018 Closed Mental Health

18MH016 - When Techniques Fall Short: Troubleshooting Trauma Therapy


The treatment of traumatized clients can be challenging, particularly with those who have experienced chronic and early trauma. Many approaches and techniques have been developed to aid the therapist in providing the most effective treatment for trauma, including several evidence-based approaches. However, from time to time, all techniques fail to help our clients, even those that are evidence-based. In this highly practical workshop, we will explore what to do when our techniques and approaches fall short of helping our clients. Participants will learn how to determine whether a particular technique or approach is best for a given client, and how to troubleshoot stuck places in therapy. Therapists will learn how to identify inner conflicts, chronic shame, and “resistances” of the client and how to compassionately help the client resolve these in order to move forward. “Resistance” will be described as a protective strategy of the client that is to be expected and even welcomed in therapy. Expert instructors Stephanie Citron and Kathy Steele will describe how to compassionately identify and resolve resistance. Participants will have an opportunity to explore several possibilities of how we ourselves may unwittingly contribute to stuck places in therapy, and how to “get out of the way” of the client’s healing. We will discuss several practical ways in which therapists can structure the therapeutic relationship to better support the work, using a collaborative approach that helps the client manage both dependency and avoidance of connection with the therapist. This highly practical workshop will combine didactic material, ample case examples, and experiential opportunities.

Group Registrations

Registering five or more participants with one payment? Please use the paper registration form at the end of the Brochure PDF. All registrations must be submitted at the same time. Completed paper registrations can be faxed, scanned and emailed, or mailed to the MAHEC Registration Team.

Target Audience

Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Rehabilitation Counselors, and others interested in this topic


  • List evidence based treatments as well as other approaches shown to be effective in treating trauma
  • Identify reasons why techniques or approaches may not be working for particular clients
  • Describe a compassionate approach to understanding and treating “resistance”
  • Employ at least three interventions to support resolution of inner conflicts and shame in their clients
  • Discuss ways in which the therapist may contribute to “stuck” places in therapy and identify ways to resolve them
  • Describe and utilize a collaborative approach in the therapeutic relationship to help the client manage overwhelming dependency and avoidance that may interfere with therapy


  • Stephanie Citron, PhD, LP
  • Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN


When Techniques Fall Short: Troubleshooting Trauma Therapy
6/22 9:00 AM–4:30 PM


.600 CEU

The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.60 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

6.000 Contact Hours

MAHEC designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 6.00 Contact Hours. Full attendance is required.

6.000 NBCC Hours

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5514. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Full attendance is required to receive credit. 6.00 hours

6.000 NAADAC

This course has been approved by MAHEC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #96726. MAHEC is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required to receive credit from NAADAC. Approved for 6.00 hours.

6.000 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists

MAHEC is recognized by the North Carolina Psychology Board as an approved Provider of Category A Continuing Education for North Carolina Licensed Psychologists. Approved for 6.00 hours Category A. Full attendance is required.


Brochure / Registration Form