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Controversies and splitting have marked the treatment of trauma since the inception of psychoanalysis. This started with arguments over the question of whether dissociative/traumatic symptoms are based on an external event or an unconscious fantasy.

Similar vehement disagreements also surround the other major questions about trauma treatment: is trauma an unhealable wound or can it be mitigated by human resilience? How should “identifying with the aggressor” be defined? Is recovery possible only if the victim internally forgives their perpetrator or is it enough for the victim to forgo their hatred? Clinicians had to choose an allegiance to a particular school of thought; the other approaches were denigrated. The real losers in these battles were the trauma sufferers who were not able to receive a comprehensive treatment.

Beginning in the early 1990’s the psychoanalytic world moved to minimize the split between the two main theories of trauma treatment and integrate them in order to create a more comprehensive treatment modality. A creative dialogue also emerged around the other major controversies in trauma treatment.

This webinar will present the views of the central contributors to these issues and highlight how each perspective adds to our understanding of trauma pathology and recovery, as well as the limitations thereof. It will also provide a multi-stage treatment framework from the trauma literature to help the clinician weigh their intervention based on the client’s needs at that stage of treatment.  

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