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Joseph Campbell, the author of the Hero's Journey, famously writes, "Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” I have not seen that to be more accurate than with working with men and women struggling through betrayal trauma. When an individual is confronted with this heart wrenching reality it shakes them to their core. Their reality has now been pulled out from underneath them in an instant, their life will never be the same. We as clinicians, have an obligation to, when presented with such a client, treat them with the utmost sensitivity and understanding of the trauma they are currently experiencing.
Betrayal trauma is unique in that it hits at the very core of who we are. A woman healing through betrayal trauma loses trust in her spouse, herself, her judgment, and her reality. There are so many layers to this complex trauma and knowing how to properly treat it is crucial. Both Dr. Stefanie Carnes, in her book, Facing Heartbreak, as well as Dr. Sherri Keffer , in her book, Intimate Deception walk through the beginning stages of loss and grief. Through this lecture, we will use these resources, as well as others, as a baseline of understanding the pain of these men and women and go through the intricate, necessary steps towards healing.
After working with so many partners of betrayal, and having the humbling experience of watching them heal through this journey and come out stronger, I feel it is imperative to share this knowledge and research with fellow clinicians so no partner has to suffer alone.


- Define Betrayal Trauma and explain its prevalence 

- Supply research based sources around the complexity to this unique trauma

- Allow attendees to understand the shame, pain, and broken trust

- Thoroughly go through steps towards healing( i.e. psycho education around trauma reaction and normalizing the depth of pain, disclosure and how to do it correctly, Impact letter, experiential exercises, mourning the losses, processing the trauma and dealing with triggers, re-discovering the self, learning to reintegrate healthy sexuality)

- practice together some experiential exercises used with clients in this population

- Explore the power of healing and growth through trauma 

- Questions 

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Rachel Slochowsky is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Partner Trauma Therapist. She works at Tepfer and Associates, a group practice in Brooklyn and Cedarhurst, NYS as well as Arbor Intensives. Rachel specializes in working with couples, betrayal trauma, and intimacy. Rachel has given lectures and trainings on marriage and healing from betrayal trauma.


Agenda: Throughout the lecture I would like the audience to gain:

1) An in depth understanding of what betrayal trauma is and why it is unique to other traumas (25 min).

2) Specific Steps taken towards healing (disclosure process,practical tools, as well as experiential exercises) 

3) What a client experiences post disclosure and how to give them the tools to process what they have heard (steps 2 & 3 about 45 min)

4) A thorough analysis as well as a practical understanding of the research around betrayal trauma (20 min)

5) How a client can re-discover themselves through this journey (20 min)

6) Leave about 15 min for questions

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define betrayal trauma and how it presents itself in clients
  • Participants will be able to describe the stages of loss and trauma, as well as stages of healing
  • Participants will be able to apply practical tools and interventions they can implement with clients healing from betrayal trauma.
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an introductory level ,and is beneficial for a beginner level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 3 Hours

This Webinar Offers 3 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

    • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.

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