DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Two 4-day Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Workshops will be held in May. TIR is a rapid (compared to traditional therapy) method of effectively reducing traumatic stress from emotionally and/or physically painful events in the past in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations. TIR is a unique method of treatment; it is highly focused, directive, and controlled, yet wholly person-centered, non-interpretive, and non-judgmental. In competent hands, TIR is a powerful tool for use in the rapid and successful resolution of virtually any trauma-related condition. TIR has also been successful in treating specific phobias, depression, and anxiety, as well as other unwanted feelings. TIR has recently undergone rigorous review by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and should be completed and included in the NREPP in early 2012 (FMI: www.nrepp.samhsa.gov).
The TIR Workshop (TIRW), Saturday, May 12 through Tuesday, May 15 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily), covers the nature of trauma, the consequences of traumatic incidents, and the TIR technique, a one-on-one, highly-structured, yet person-centered approach to resolving the emotional charge contained in traumas and permanently eliminating their negative aftereffects in a brief amount of time. It also contains data on how past traumas may be triggered, and how unwanted feelings, emotions, sensations, attitudes, and pains (“themes”) arising from past trauma may be traced back to their origins and eliminated. The workshop also teaches Unblocking, a technique that is highly useful in preparing a client for TIR and for handling issues that are not directly trauma-related relationships. Unblocking can be applied to broad areas of life (e.g. “your self-esteem,” “your career,” “your relationship with your spouse,” etc.).
The TIR Expanded Applications Workshop (TIREAW), Thursday, May 17th through Sunday, May 20th (9am to 5pm daily), consolidates knowledge and skills gained in the TIRW and adds an array of new tools to the Facilitator’s repertoire to benefit a wide range of clients; from those who are fragile to very high-functioning people. Techniques learned in this workshop can be used to build up ego strength (ability to face life) and develop the client’s capacity to successfully address specific areas of life; Practitioner will also be able to write a Case Plan that is more varied and interesting to a client than one containing only TIR and Unblocking. In addition to providing new tools, this workshop expands the use of TIR itself to fit more situations.
Workshop Presenter, Ragnhild Malnati, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor, specializing in trauma, including grief and bereavement, using TIR and related techniques. Her private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, encompasses personal growth as well as trauma and its associated disorders. She is also a lecturer and international trainer for the TIR Association, and has developed and co-authored curriculum procedures and workshop manuals since its start in 1984. Workshop Trainers-in-Training include Cynthia Scott, TIRF from Guilford, ME (TIRW) and Mindy Kollman, MA, Med, RCC from Vancouver, BC (TIREAW).
These workshops are appropriate for all levels of practicing social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors, clergy, and critical incident stress debriefers. Participants in all professional disciplines will be provided with documentation of 28 credit hours per workshop for use in securing Continuing Education credits from their respective licensure boards and/or professional associations. Individuals who are not mental health professionals may also be trained to be TIR Facilitators as the highly structured nature of this work and the built-in safeguards make it well suited for any intelligent person with a desire to provide effective help to learn. The TIR Workshop presents a new paradigm of safety and effectiveness for helping others. Upon completing this training, a practitioner can expect to get good results applying what has been learned. It is recommended that the newly-trained practitioner do a post-workshop internship to quickly raise their level of skill and confidence. An internship may also be conducted long-distance.
Tuition is $325 per workshop; $295 if registered by April 17th; registration deadline is Wednesday, May 2nd. For TIR Workshop objectives, outlines, etc., go to www.TIR.org. FMI or to request a brochure and registration form, contact Cynthia Scott, Certified TIR Facilitator, 564-2604 (Scott.CynthiaM@gmail.com) or Ragnhild Malnati, LCSW-C, (301) 445-6444 (Raggi@comcast.net), Facebook.com/TIRMaine.