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Qualitative Clinical Task Analysis for Child Trauma Therapy: Parental Engagement and Therapeutic Outcome

Monday, March 26
10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Location: Logan

This qualitative study examines the cases of six child clients undergoing attachment informed, phase-based, trauma therapy. All cases involved individuals and their families who underwent trauma-focused treatment in a community mental health setting with a multi-disciplinary team. Three cases were found to have positive outcomes and three cases were found to have negative outcomes. The purpose of this study was to review client charts for the purpose of identifying important parental engagement indicators that contributed to both positive and negative outcomes. These factors were grouped thematically into categories that highlighted both attachment based aspects of engagement, as well as  aspects of engagement related to symptoms, behaviours, and affect. A task analysis model was applied to each case in order to examine qualitative indicators of parental engagement during the therapeutic process. Data and analysis technique will be presented. 

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Sara Rependa

PhD Student
York University
Toronto, Ontario

Sara Rependa, has obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology at York University and is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is currently under the supervised training of Dr. Robert Muller, PhD. C.Psych. Her area of research inlcudes child trauma, attachment theory, and therapy process variables.


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Laura Goldstein

Psychology Operations Manager, Intake Specialist, Psychometrist
Kindercare Psychology
Toronto, ON

Laura Goldstein is a first year Master's student at York University in the Trauma and Attachment Lab. Her research focuses on the impact of unresolved trauma, intergenerational transmission of trauma and attachment systems, and specific nonverbal indicators of trauma and attachment based difficulties.


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Robert T. Muller

York University
Toronto, Ontario

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. trained at Harvard, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto. Dr. Muller is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment. His new book is entitled, "Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up." And his psychotherapy bestseller, "Trauma & the Avoidant Client," has been translated widely, and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma. As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr. Muller has lectured internationally (Australia, UK, Europe, USA), and has been keynote speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada. He founded an online magazine, "The Trauma & Mental Health Report," that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year. With over 25 years in the field, he practices in Toronto.


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