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Upcoming Workshop.

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Friday-Saturday, November 3rd-4th, 2017                                                                               Dakota Lodge, West St. Paul, MN
Engaging Traumatized Clients
Who Avoid Attachment,
Closeness, + Painful Feelings

 A two-day workshop with Dr. Robert Muller

Friday - Saturday, November 3 - 4, 2017

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early.
Looking forward to seeing you in November.



BIO:  Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C.Psych. completed his clinical fellowship at Harvard, was on faculty at the University of Massachussetts, and is currently Professor of Clinical Psychology at York University in Toronto. Dr. Muller was recently honored as a Fellow of the International Society for the study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment. And his bestseller, Trauma and the Avoidant Client: Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing is in its third prining, has been translated, and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma. As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr. Muller has lectured internationally (Australia, Europe, U.S.), and has been the keynote speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada. He founded an online magazine, The Trauma & Mental Health Report, that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year. With over 20 years in the field, he practices in downtown Toronto, working with adults, children, and families.

Engaging Traumatized Clients Who Avoid Attachment,
Closeness, + Painful Feelings

November 3-4, 2017

This practical workshop, led by Dr Robert T. Muller- a leading expert on therapy for Trauma and globally acclaimed author of the psychotherapy bestseller: Trauma & the Avoidant Client, Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing' - is aimed at building our therapeutic understanding of clinical work with avoidant clients. 
While there has been considerable research into effects and treatments of trauma, surprisingly little work has been focused on specific intervention strategies to help traumatized clients who are avoidant of attachment. Many clients cope with traumatic intra-familial experiences by minimizing painful feelings, by becoming emotionally distant. and by devaluing interpersonal closeness, intimacy and feelings of vulnerability. With individuals who adopt a self-protective help-rejecting stance, psychotherapy can prove extremely challenging for client and therapist alike.
Drawing upon attachment theory and research, and upon a wealth of clinical experience, Dr Muller explains how, as psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors and psychiatrists, we can work with such 
hard-to-treat clients, how we can find points of entry and ways in which we can make contact. Using a relational, psychodynamic approach, the workshop discusses and demonstrates strategies for developing the therapeutic relationship, such that we can assist the client regain a sense of trust in others. We explore therapeutic techniques through which the client is encouraged to take interpersonal risks, to mourn losses, and to face vulnerabilities. Uniquely, Dr Muller illustrates how the frustrating challenges that arise in the therapeutic relationship can in fact be used as a productive force in the therapeutic process. 
Throughout the workshop, Theory is complemented by case examples and segments from Dr Muller's own therapeutic sessions.  The workshop focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in our own work as therapists.

Educational Objectives

The workshop aims to provide an integrative training approach that enables practitioners using different therapeutic modalities to integrate the relevant elements of Attachment Theory and Research with their existing skills, which they can then apply to their work  Participants will learn: 

  • How to recognize characteristics of avoidant attachment

  • How to productively use trauma-related symptoms

  • How to maximize client engagement throughout the process

  • How to work with affect

  • How to recognize and utilize client transference

  • How to effectively manage and use therapist counter-transference

  • How to plan for the termination phase of treatment


Note: workshop registrations include a complimentary copy of Dr Muller's award-winning book: Trauma & the Avoidant Client (winner of the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on Trauma) 

Friday & Saturday, November 3-4, 2017

8:30-9:00 AM Registration 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop

Two 15 min. breaks.

1.5 hour lunch on your own.

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments provided throughout the day.



Early Bird Pricing (through October 8th)


Regular Registration (For Licensed Professionals):  $250

Degree Conferred/Unlicensed (For Professionals with a degree, but not yet licensed):  $200

Student/Military Registration:  $150

October 1 - November 2


Regular Registration (For Licensed Professionals):  $275

Degree Conferred/Unlicensed (For Professionals with a degree, but not yet licensed):  $225

Student/Military Registration:  $175


The course is suitable for all counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, health and social care professionals practicing in health, education and social care settings and in private practice, and who have a core professional training. It is suitable for therapists working in all modalities. 


12 Continuing Education Credits will be provided for those who attend both days, with pending approval from:

MN Board of Psychology (LP)

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LADC & LPCC)

MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)  

MN Trauma Project is an approved continuing education provider through the MN Board of Social Work (LICSW)    


Workshop Venue:  Dakota Lodge


Address:  1200 Stassen Ln, St Paul, MN 55118


Parking:  Free Lot


ADA Considerations:  Handicap Parking available

Single Level Facility


Please contact MN Trauma Project at for any specific accomodation requests

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