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Working with Our Clinical Demons : Religious Clergy as Clients and Clinician Counter-transference

Sunday, March 25
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Logan

In this paper, I will discuss various clinical challenges when working with religious clergy as clients.  For example, while all have histories of trauma, most are also offenders.  Challenges include transference, counter-tranference and maintaining therapeutic alliance in an inpatient, mandated therapy setting. Clients are male and female vowed religious clergy, all of whom have histories of sexual trauma during childhood or as an adult.  Concurrent issues include personality disorders, addictions, and psychosexual disorders. Clients are referred by their religious institution and take part in a 14-20 week therapeutic program. Therapeutic modalities include individual and group-oriented trauma therapy.

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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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Robert T. Muller

Professor
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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