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Preventing Secondary Trauma

Preventing Secondary Trauma. Elliott Connie, MA, LPC Wednesday October 12, 2011. Greetings!. What are you best hopes for attending this workshop? What else? What else? What else?. Finish the Following Sentence….

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Preventing Secondary Trauma

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  1. Preventing Secondary Trauma Elliott Connie, MA, LPC Wednesday October 12, 2011

  2. Greetings! • What are you best hopes for attending this workshop? • What else? • What else? • What else? www.Elliottspeaks.com

  3. Finish the Following Sentence… • In small groups finish the following sentence, “One of the ways I have been pleased about the way I have been going about my work in the past days and weeks is…” • And another • And another www.Elliottspeaks.com

  4. Secondary Trauma • Secondary trauma is commonly referred to as "the stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized or suffering person. www.Elliottspeaks.com

  5. Tips to Prevent Secondary Trauma • Focus on what the client wants. • Connect with the client beyond the trauma (problem free talk) • Listen to the trauma story with a constructive ear. • Listen for what life was like either before the trauma occurred or when the client is able to overcome it. (Exceptions) • Focus the conversation on the details of the desired future. • ALWAYS end the conversation with positive feedback www.Elliottspeaks.com

  6. Best Hopes • Must be client led. • Establishes a goal for the conversation • Focuses on the presence of something • Problem description in not required, in fact, can be detrimental in couples therapy • Related to their partner’s hopes • Concrete and observable www.Elliottspeaks.com

  7. In Groups of Three • Client, Therapist, Observer • Role a play a conversation until the therapist has worked with the client to establish a “best hopes” for the conversation. • Rotate until everyone gets a turn. www.Elliottspeaks.com

  8. In Pairs • One person is the interviewer and the other is the interviewee • The interview have a conversation with the interviewee asking questions about anything except for a problem or their work life. • Switch roles www.Elliottspeaks.com

  9. Listening with a Constructive Ear Listen for signs of: • Signs of strength • Evidence of resource • Past successes • Personal Achievement www.Elliottspeaks.com

  10. Exceptions • Times when the client forgets to follow the “problem rule”. What they do instead is a potential exception. • There are always exceptions, no problem happens all of the time. • These exceptions have to be pointed out and amplified to the client. www.Elliottspeaks.com

  11. Preferred Future • Concrete and observable • Mathematically positive • Future focused • Realistic • Requires mutual effort • Recognized as having a desirable impact on the client’s life and their loved ones • Detailed (can never have too many details) www.Elliottspeaks.com

  12. In the Same Groups of Three • Therapist, Observer, Client • Suppose you woke up tomorrow and the traumatic event was no longer bothering you allowing you, what would you first notice? • X 10 • Rotate until everyone gets a turn. www.Elliottspeaks.com

  13. End the Conversation with Positive Feedback • Allows the client to recall the interaction as positive. • Increases client follow through with developed strategies. • Empowers the client to use their best traits identified in the conversation. www.Elliottspeaks.com

  14. In the Same Groups of 3 • Tell the members of the group you have been working with 5 things you have noticed about them that you have appreciated. www.Elliottspeaks.com

  15. Conclusion • Update on Marsha • What will you take away from our time here today? • What else? • What else? www.Elliottspeaks.com

  16. Contact Elliott • Phone: (817)602-1714 • Email: contact@elliottconnie.com • Website: www.Elliottspeaks.com www.Elliottspeaks.com

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