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Beyond Trauma-Informed Care: The MET(T)A Protocol
The mental health treatment field has made great strides in recognizing the role that trauma plays in presenting problems and disorders by providing trauma-informed care. However, considering the widespread impact that trauma has on survivors, simply realizing this impact, recognizing the symptoms of trauma, and responding to them is not enough to heal the damage done. The disorders that can manifest from surviving a trauma, such as PTSD, major depressive disorder, substance use disorders, and eating disorders, the risky behaviors that trauma triggers such as self-injurious behaviors, promiscuity, isolation, etc., and the life-changing decisions that result from it such as suicide, speaks for the need for the vital move from trauma-informed care to trauma-focused care that the mental health field must make in order to ethically and effectively treat trauma.

Trauma-focused care assumes that unhealed trauma plays a major role in presenting issues, denotes greater action in the delivery of treatment services, and promotes proactive treatment planning to heal the legacy of trauma. The MET(T)A (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies) Protocol provides the trauma-focused solution that survivors of trauma need to find long-lasting recovery. The MET(T)A Protocol is a new and innovative way to envision and implement agency mental health treatment that is grounded in the over 30 years of research, theory, and practice of EMDR therapy, as well as the 2600 years of research theory and practice of the Buddhist psychology of Mindfulness. It honors the current belief that there is a deep need for trauma resolution to be a key focus of treatment to strengthen relapse prevention and create sustainable long-term recovery.

This webinar will make the case for the move from trauma-informed care to trauma-focused care by applying EMDR therapy as a complete psychotherapy instead of as a technique or approach.

Nov 6, 2019 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Stephen Dansiger
PsyD, MFT @StartAgain
Dr. Dansiger is a rocker who got sober in the late 80’s and then became a sought after clinician, writer and meditation teacher. He became a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Basic Training and Advanced Topics Courses as Senior Faculty with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. He has developed and successfully launched the MET(T)A Protocol, a new design for addictions and mental health agency treatment using Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy as the theoretical orientation and primary clinical practice. It is now in use in multiple agencies throughout the country. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for over 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly in Los Angeles and other centers internationally. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers and avidly blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness.