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027 | Story-informed Trauma Therapy: A New Approach to Recovery

Preconference Workshops


Michele, Louviere, M.A., and Byron Kehler, M.S.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Trauma is the “gateway” to various psychological, emotional, physiological, social, and relational sequelae, dysfunctions, and disorders. Trauma, in one form or another, is what brings most of our clients into therapy with licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders. Story-informed Trauma Therapy (SITT) is an evidence-based, comprehensive approach to trauma recovery. The strongest influence on our clients’ present behavior is their past experiences. Those experiences make up their “story.” When clients live with unresolved stories, they resurface and replay themselves continuously in their daily lives. This presentation introduces “Story” as the lens through which trauma experiences are examined. When clients do not understand their stories, they are left victim to the impact they have on their lives in the present. Clients either know, understand, and accept their stories, or their stories live through them. 

Learning Objectives

Identify how unresolved trauma can be the root of clients’ presenting issues and why traditional therapy does not produce the life change that clients desire 
Describe through evidence-based research why Storywork is the most effective therapy for resolving past trauma and producing deep, substantive life change 
Outline how Storywork can be implemented into therapeutic practice for psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and ministry leaders, increasing effectiveness and creating lasting life changes for clients