Relational Challenges in Complex Trauma: A Collaborative Model for Effective Therapy

Live Broadcast Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

Live Broadcast Time: 1:15 pm – 4:30 pm, EST (Toronto, New York), UTC -5
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Registration Costs:
Guest and Community Learner Rate – $132.00
Guest and Community Learner Webinar + Q&A Rate – $148.00
Dedicated Learner Webinar Rate* – $112.20

*Dedicated Learners pay $22/month and automatically save 15% PLUS have access to all Q&A sessions free. To become a Dedicated Learner, click here.

All pricing is in $CAD. The $USD equivalent is about 30% less than $CAD. To estimate webinar rate before taxes in your local currency, click here.

Can’t Attend Live? This webinar will be recorded and archived. All registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year after the Live Broadcast date.

One of the most challenging aspects in working with clients with complex trauma is the therapeutic relationship. The therapist and client together enter into an immediate double bind: How can the therapeutic relationship be helpful when relationship has been the very source of our client’s trauma? 

For most of the modern history of psychotherapy, the therapeutic relationship has been modelled on the parent-child relationship, with the therapist being a “stronger, wiser” and “good enough” other. Yet for many of our clients the parent-child relationship was painful, if not dangerous and inherently untrustworthy. 

We will explore a different relational model based on collaboration and mutual understanding and experience rather than one rooted in attachment alone. While secure attachment is essential, it often does not exist early in therapy, and clients may be either extremely avoidant of contact or become overly dependent on the therapist. 

We will discuss the dynamics of disorganized attachment (the insoluble dilemma of needing to attach to someone who is experienced as dangerous), and how to resolve it in treatment. We will explore what is activated in the therapist when our clients are distressed, and how to work with our own experience in order to preserve a solid therapeutic frame for ourselves and our clients. To this end we will examine our own tendencies in the face of our clients’ rage, disappointment, demands and dependency.

Sometimes we become overly available outside of sessions to prove we are reliable, only to become exhausted and resentful.  Other times we may withdraw, freeze or shut down. Often, we feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of our clients’ needs. 

This webinar will help you find ways to recognize and accept these common reactions with compassion, and  to discover the capacity to repair using compassion, curiosity and collaboration.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be better able to —

  • Explain the intrapsychic and relational dynamics of disorganized attachment and how it manifests in the therapeutic relationship
  • Describe a collaborative model of relationship in therapy and contrast it with the parent-child model in working with trauma survivors
  • Discuss dependency in the client and how to work with it in therapy
  • Employ least four therapeutic approaches to the client who is in conflict with or feels disappointed by the therapist
  • Describe how therapists can acknowledge their own defensiveness in reaction to the client and re-centre to a more compassionate, objective, and therapeutic perspective

Follow-Up Q & A Session with Kathy Steele

Join Kathy for a Follow-Up Q & A session to:

  • Ask questions that have arisen in the week after the webinar
  • Share unexpected insights, experiences and challenges that you have encountered as you put some of what you learnt into practice

Live Follow-Up Q & A Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Broadcast Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, EST

The Follow-Up Q & A Sessions are designed to help webinar participants further integrate and deepen their understanding and implementation of webinar material. After having had a chance to absorb and reflect on what you learnt in the webinar, you are invited to join the speaker in an hour-long Q & A session to ask questions, share your experiences in implementing some of the ideas explored in the webinar and discuss challenges and unexpected insights that may have arisen.

Non-subscribers may add the Follow-Up Q & A session to your registration upon checking out.

Follow-Up Q & A Fee for Guests and Community Learners at time of registration: CAD$16

Follow-Up Q & A Fee for Guests and Community Learners AFTER: CAD$30

Subscribers of the Leading Edge Seminars Advantage Network are automatically registered at no charge.

Please note: CEs are available for the 3-hour webinar only (CE info for Canadians and Non-US participants click here, CE info for US participants click here).

Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN, is Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a psychotherapy and training centre, and is in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.  A respected clinician, she presents internationally on trauma and dissociation. Kathy is past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and has received  a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles, and two award winning books on trauma and dissociation: The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization and Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation Skills Training for Patients and Therapists. Kathy is known for her humour, compassion, respect, and depth of knowledge as a clinician and teacher, and for her capacity to present complex issues in easily understood and clear ways.  For more information, please visit

Time Topic Covered
1st hour
2nd hour
15 Minute Break
3rd hour

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Live Broadcast Attendees

Webinar attendance by participants is automatically tracked, documented and archived for future reference. Upon confirming you have attended 100% of the webinar and upon completion of a course evaluation, you will be issued a certificate of participation (see below).

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.

For US and International Participants

For American and International participants, this webinar may be eligible for Continuing Education credits. This webinar has not been pre-approved for US and International CE credits.

However, upon completion of the webinar and verification of your webinar attendance, you will be provided with the  following supporting documents  that you can submit to your licensing/regulating authority for consideration of approval for CE credit:

  • Certificate of participation (emailed to you upon verification of webinar attendance)
  • Workshop description, learning objectives, agenda, content references and disclosure agreement
  • Speaker’s CV

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Participation will be emailed either upon completion of the Live Broadcast or after participants pass the Post-Webinar Quiz following the On Demand recorded version of the webinar.

For more general info about CEs for US Participants, please click here.  

For Canadian Participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian Participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians Participants, please click here.  

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
Guest and Community Learner Webinar ONLY Rate $132.00
Guest and Community Learner Webinar + Q & A Rate $148.00
Dedicated Learner Rate $112.20*
Whole Enchilada Rate Included

*Dedicated Learners pay $22/month and automatically save 15% PLUS have access to all Q&A sessions free. To become a Dedicated Learner, click here

All pricing is in $CAD. The $USD equivalent is about 30% less than $CAD. To estimate webinar rate before taxes in your local currency, click here.

Event Detail

January 21, 2021 1:15 pm
January 21, 2021 4:30 pm