Friday Afternoon Series with Joanne Twombly, LICSW

  • 24 Apr 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • This event will be conducted via webinar.


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


Joanne Twombly LICSW


Perpetrator Parts and Non-Verbal Communication:

What Every Therapist Should Know

To be offered virtually via Zoom Webinar!

$65 for Members, $75 for Nonmembers, $30 for students

Program Description:  Have you ever had a trauma client who was great at getting under your skin? Whom you dreaded seeing? Where you and the client got into repetitive struggles or you became sleepy or distracted? Or where you have seemingly important discussions that don't lead anywhere? This talk will demystify some of these situations through discussion of various styles of non-verbal communication including countertransference/transference patterns and the concepts of projective identification and reenactment which help to make sense of all this.

Through a combination of didactic presentation, demonstration, and case examples focusing on perpetrator, victim, and rescuer/bystander parts, participants will learn to sort out, identify their responses to, and develop a useful road map for decoding, working with, and eventually resolving clinical material from clients for whom the non-verbal is a necessary and meaningful mode of communication.

Participants will be able to:

1.     Identify common countertransference patterns and struggles.

2.     Identify different kinds of perpetrator parts and functions.

3.     Describe enactments that take place during therapy sessions.

4.     Develop treatment strategies.

5.     Learn to unlock countertransference reactions through an Internal Family Systems practice.*

*No Internal Family systems (IFS) training necessary.

Joanne H. Twombly, MSW, LICSW is in private practice in Waltham, MA where she works extensively with people with complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders, and in addition, provides trainings and consultation in EMDR and IFS. She has had several book chapters published on EMDR, EMDR and Internal Family Systems, and on working with Perpetrator Introjects. Her commitment to providing the optimal space for healing has resulted in her becoming an EMDR Trauma Recovery HAP Facilitator, a certified consultant in EMDR, Internal Family Systems Certified, and an American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Consultant. She is the past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation and served on various committees and the board of the International Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation where she received their Distinguished Achievement Award in 2010, and has been named a Fellow in 2020. 

*Cost for CEs is $25.

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