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IC19 Workshop 30 - Restoring Trauma Victims' Agency and Accountability - John Beahrs, MD

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Workshops |  Trauma |  Therapeutic Relationship |  Therapist Development
Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2019
John Beahrs, MD
1 Hour 59 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 15, 2019
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Ratifying victimhood often paradoxically sensitizes to trauma’s effects, and is heavily reinforced socially. Therapists are challenged to help victims restore personal agency and accountability, without denying victimhood. Contracting for roles and boundaries precedes efforts to interdict traumatic re-enactment, redefine personal and social identity, access locus of control, and restore accountability.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how ratifying victimhood can paradoxically sensitize to traumatization.
  2. Describe roadblocks to identifying and interdicting traumatic reenactment.
  3. Discuss how reframing personal identity can shift from helplessness to agency.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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John Beahrs, MD, is a psychiatrist retired from the Portland Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and Professor Emeritus, Oregon Health and Science University. A three-time recipient of a Milton H. Erickson Award, Dr. Beahrs developed strategic self-therapy for treating personality disorders and a "shared self-deception hypothesis" of how human minds evolved. He is the author of three books, with two books in progress: Psychotherapy and The Reality Question.