Making Therapy Work:
Understanding Trauma and Other Difficult Experiences
"The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma." - Judith Herman, MD
Psychotherapy can be a confusing process that sometimes makes people feel worse before they start to feel better. This can be both frustrating and frightening for many people, often resulting in them dropping out of therapy or moving from therapist to therapist without really making progress.
Psychotherapists go to school for several years and receive ongoing support and supervision to help them figure out how to best serve their clients. But clients rarely get any help or direction at all about what the process of psychotherapy is and how to get the most out of it.
For that reason, Noeticus developed, Making Therapy Work, a free, repeating monthly class designed to provide our clients and their partners, family, friends, and community supports with a way to learn more about what therapy is and how to use it more effectively. Specifically, we will learn Judith Herman's Trauma Theory and Margaret Grant and Joan Shapiro's Four Quadrants Model of Moving through Therapy, which is a model for understanding how past experiences get confused with the present situation, often leaving people feeling stuck.
This is an introductory class to help explain some foundational concepts from our current understanding of trauma theory and illustrate them with some poignant examples. Participants in this free, repeating, community class will receive a packet of helpful materials and resources as well as learn more about the following topics:
This community class was developed by Ryan Kennedy, LAC, LMFT, LPC, the Executive and Training Director at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute. The class is either taught by Dani Higgins, MA, the Making Therapy Work Program Coordinator, or one of the other clinical supervisors, senior clinicians, or training clinicians at Noeticus. Dani Higgins has a Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and has been on staff at Noeticus since August 2015.
This community class draws from the handout, Herman's Stages of Trauma and Recovery, an overview of the stages of healing described in Judith Herman's classic text. Class participants are encouraged to read the handout prior to class. The handout along with other information will be provided during the class. The handout is available for free here: Herman's Stages of Trauma and Recovery
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Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute® is a community-based, not-for-profit group counseling practice and professional training organization based in Denver, Colorado. Our mission is to provide innovative, effective, and affordable counseling and educational services to a broad range of individuals, couples, and families living within the greater Denver/Boulder community. We are also committed to offering basic and advanced training opportunities to graduate students and mental health professionals both locally and across the country. We especially value doing this through collaborative and engaging community partnerships or affiliations with other like-minded individuals, organizations, agencies, institutions, universities, and foundations. For more information, we can be reached at: www.noeticus.org
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