Welcome to Inner-Work For The New Trauma Worker!
A process for cultivating authenticity, presence and the courage to be yourself, for new trauma therapists.
What does it take to sit with someone who’s been impacted by trauma?
How do you develop the presence, authenticity and vulnerability to be in-relationship with someone when they are sharing the horrors they’ve experienced?
My name is Guy Macpherson, PhD. Over the course of the last few years, as founder of The Trauma Therapist Project and host of The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, I've had the privilege of interviewing thought-leaders in the fields of trauma, addiction, mindfulness and yoga.
In this course I'm going to share with you what I've learned from those interviews about what it takes to sit with and work with individuals who've been impacted by trauma.
The experience of doing this podcast week after week has been an amazing and enlightening experience and I'd like to share what I've learned with you.
One hint: It's more than reading every trauma book and attending every conference out there. (Though those are definitely useful and crucial and a major part of the healing process.)
What is it about, then?
It's about you and your ability to be authentic and present and vulnerable while in-relationship with the person sitting before you and being informed about healing trauma.
Simple. But not easy.
This is the Inner-Work.
The process of cultivating authenticity, presence, vulnerability and compassion.
It means being genuine with your clients.
It means being real.
It means dropping your agenda.
It means leaving our suitcase of great ideas and plans and blueprints of the amazing interventions you might believe would be perfect for your clients, outside the door.
It means being willing to take a look at who you are--the sticky bits, the amazing parts, the parts that maybe you'd rather not look at right now--and exploring them for all their worth.
Welcome to Inner-Work For The New Trauma Worker.
Guy Macpherson, PhD, is a husband, a father of two, and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has spent the last several years studying the impact and treatment of trauma, and early psychosis.
In 2014, Guy founded The Trauma Therapist Project with the goals of raising the awareness of trauma and creating an educational and supportive community for new trauma workers.
The Trauma Therapist Project has now grown to include The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, now being listened to in more than 160 countries around the world, as well as Trauma Therapist | 2.0, an online membership community specifically dedicated to educating and inspiring trauma workers just starting out on their trauma-informed journey.
Guy’s focus currently is on creating a vibrant, global community to support, educate and inspire new trauma workers, as well as to upend the present way that trauma is taught at the graduate level.
Frequently Asked Questions
StartModule 5: Start Here! Watch This First! (1:45)
StartModule 6: Owning Who You Are (6:29)
StartModule 7: We're No Different Than Our Clients. Listen: Peter Bernstein. Audio Clip (2:13)
StartModule 8: Reflect: Peter Bernstein (4:03)
StartModule 9: Cultivating Somatic Empathy. Listen: Sharon Stanley. Audio Clip (1:41)
StartModule 10: Reflect: Sharon Stanley (6:05)
StartModule 11: Curiosity Within The Context of Healing & Identity. Watch: Marshall Lyles Video Interview (45:13)
StartModule 12: Reflect & Practice: Marshall Lyles Interview (7:58)
StartModule 13: Practice: The 5 Events Exercise. (6:49)