From Biography to Treatment I: Social Therapeutic & Trauma-Informed Perspectives for Our Work
With Beth Barol
Online – 2 days
$130 per participant
Despite our best attempts, figuring out how to better support some people with dual diagnosis challenging behaviors eludes us. Supporters burn out, service providers throw up their hands in surrender, and treatment approaches become increasingly restrictive. People claim that people with a dual diagnosis behave the way that they do because it is ‘just the way they are’, or ‘they are just trying to manipulate us’. We often respond by being overly controlling, resorting to over-sedation, and emotional abandonment among other futile approaches. All the while, the individual continues to struggle in vain in an attempt to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. During this session, we will explore how to maximize the information we discover about a person’s life journey, via a sample biographical timeline. Focusing on life experiences, including, friendships, love, mastery and successes, as well as trauma, marginalization, and loss, often leads us to a positive healing path. Utilizing the lens of the biography, we will work together to derive supports that will be more effective for the person and the supporters. Registration for “From Biography to Treatment II” is not required for participation in this course.