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Massage Therapy for Clients with a History of Trauma or PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
August 12 @ 9:00 am - August 13 @ 5:00 pm$475.00
Registration Deadline: 28 July 2017
Maximum Registrants: 30
*7.5 primary MTANS CEUs
*8 category “A” CEUS (CMTNB Approved)
Talking Body Listening Hands is based on determining the best responses for clients who have a history of post-traumatic stress. It teaches therapists how to keep clients (and therapists) safe, how and when to help emotionally fragile clients get the support they need. The workshop includes some basic assessment tools and provides a much-needed forum for discussion on client relations. Participants are encouraged to bring their case questions to the workshop and process with small and large groups, the problems that they have faced in practice. Participants will learn about the dimensions of the massage therapeutic relationship, the fundamentals of communication and interviewing and develop skills in responding to a variety of challenging interpersonal situations that massage therapists commonly face.
Part I: Implications of Body Centered Therapies for Fragile or Challenging Clients – This day’s seminar provides a theoretical framework and important concepts for working with emotionally fragile client populations. It compares the primary goals of massage therapy and other forms of bodywork with safe goals of treatment when working with clients who may have histories of trauma or other psychological conditions. It addresses key concepts of transference and counter-transference and teaches therapists self-care strategies to assist them when working with such challenging clients.
Part II: Establishing Safety, Exploring Sensation, Completing Closure: This day models the 3 part treatment continuum that forms the basis for working with emotionally fragile clients. Therapists learn how to establish safety and build client trust by creating a predictable therapeutic framework. The second part of the day outlines ways that therapists may safely assist clients to explore sensation, be treated for pain and enhance their understanding of their body’s responses to massage therapy.
Cautions, contraindications, and concerns for treatment as well as ways to accommodate client somato-emotional release are covered in this section. Finally, therapists consider sound ways of establishing closure with clients so as not to re-traumatize or injure their client’s trust that has been built into the therapeutic relationship.
Therapists learn about the underpinnings and purpose of informed consent, ethical decision-making. Basic impairments for a number of psychological disorders are presented and the implications of these issues for massage therapists are discussed. A handout that includes key theoretical concepts and supports case-based clinical learning is included.
Lecture, large and small group discussion, journaling, role-play. Please prepare and bring with you questions and particular cases that you wish to discuss.
What to Bring
• Questions, specific cases that you may wish to discuss
*Recommend reading and purchase of Pam Fitch’s book “Talking Body, Listening Hands: A Guide to Professionalism, Communication and the Therapeutic Relationship.” Various chapters will be covered during the course. This book will be made available during the course $70 (includes tax). Retails at $79.77 paperback (found on Amazon).
About the Instructor
Pam Fitch has advocated for the massage therapy profession, particularly in the areas of professional practice, communication, and the massage therapeutic relationship. Her interests have focused on the impact of massage therapy for clients who have experienced trauma and post-traumatic stress. Pam demonstrates how careful assessment, positive communication, and active listening can help keep clients safe. She teaches at Algonquin College in Ottawa and has been involved in the massage therapy profession for more than 25 years as a practicing massage therapist, writer, mentor, peer supervisor, and educator.
Pam developed the Talking Body Listening Hands workshop in response to requests from colleagues and is currently working on a book by the same title as this workshop. Her textbook, Talking Body Listening Hands is to be released by Pearson in January 2014. The Talking Body Listening Hands workshop has been presented in British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Ontario.