Announcing our 4th annual spring workshop

“Harness the Natural Cycles of Change with Couples and Families: The Collaborative Change Model for Treating Complex Trauma” by Mary Jo Barrett, MSW from the Center for Contextual Change

Program Description:

This workshop will present a practical three-tiered strength-based contextual model which simplifies the understanding and treatment of the complex nature of intergenerational trauma and neglect. We will explore the repetitive cycles of trauma and will learn how to harness the natural cycles of change when working with individuals, couples, and families through the Collaborative Change Model.

In Stage One of the Collaborative Change Model, therapists create a context for treatment through assessing strengths and vulnerabilities, emphasizing safety and the importance of acknowledgment. In Stage Two, the action mode, the focus is on techniques and interventions to use for particular symptomatic patterns of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. Emphasis will be given to working with couples when one of the partners has a trauma history or to helping an individual client who may have a partner or loved one who has a trauma history. We will explore the integration of different theoretical approaches, such as IFS, EMDR, CBT, DBT, Family Systems etc. Stage Three will bring us to the most effective ways to help clients consolidate their gains and prevent relapse.

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • apply the Collaborative Change Model to complex trauma cases.
  • incorporate psycho-education for and treatment of loved ones of those with trauma history.
  • demonstrate interventions utilized to create a non-traumatic therapeutic environment.
  • articulate the guidelines for effective trauma treatment.
  • apply the concepts of ethical attunement to their practice.
  • support themselves in the midst of working with difficult cases.


About the Presenter:

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change in Chicago, IL., a clinic specializing in The Collaborative Change Model, a component phase model for working with individuals, families, and groups.  This nationally prominent expert in the treatment of trauma, especially within the family context, is known for being an innovator and collaborator as a teacher and as a therapist. She is a popular presenter at Psychotherapy Networker and other conferences nationally and internationally and is on the faculties of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and the Family Institute of Northwestern University.

 Ms. Barrett’s model is a practical, resilience-oriented 3-stage model for gathering information, structuring treatment, and matching interventions to a client’s specific needs. Her collaborative approach supports lasting change and addresses if, when, and how to integrate other approaches such as EMDR, DBT, CBT, and couples or family work. She pays particular attention to creating a culture of collaboration and reassurance in the consulting room to safeguard against any unintentional re-traumatization. Consistent with her commitment to taking care of and protecting clients is her commitment to taking care of therapists. Ms. Barrett works extensively with therapists and presents and writes regularly on preventing compassion fatigue and healing from vicarious traumatization.

Ms. Barrett has co-authored three books including her latest, Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change. She is currently working on a handbook addressing compassion fatigue. Ms. Barrett provides consultations, workshops, and courses nationally and internationally, to families, lawyers, psychotherapists, social service providers, residential treatment facilities and governmental agencies. Please join us this spring in welcoming her to the Ann Arbor area and invite colleagues from all disciplines to her workshop with us on Friday, May 6th. It will undoubtedly support you as well as offer practical tools to support those with whom you work.

Date & Time: May 6, 2016; 9am to 5pm with break for lunch; check-in begins at 8:30am

Location:  The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170

Cost: $165


  • 10% off for early registration by April 1, 2016.
  • 10% off for groups of 3 or more — enter coupon code mjb-gr3 at the Checkout page.
  • 5% loyalty discount if you have previously attended a training or workshop hosted by Partners in Healing. Enter coupon code mjb-my5 at the Checkout page.
  • $95 student and non-profit employee rate. Enter coupon code mjb-95 at the Checkout page.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received on or before April 15, 2016 will be refunded in full minus a $25 registration fee. Those needing to cancel after April 15, 2016 will be eligible to receive a $100 credit towards a future Partners in Healing event.

Continuing Education: This workshop is co-sponsored by Partners in Healing and The Institute for Continuing Education. 6.00 contact hours are offered for the mental health disciplines listed below. The processing fee is $25.00. Application and CE forms will be available on site. CE verification will be mailed to attendees following receipt of completed CE forms. Normal turn-around time is two weeks from the date completed forms are received. If you have questions regarding the workshop, agenda, presenter, grievance issues, or for a listing of learning objectives, contact The Institute for Continuing Education at 800-557-1950; email:

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is an organization approved by the American psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counseling: Ohio Counseling/ Social Work Board, Provider RCS 030001.

Note: NBCC credit is not offered for this event.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), though the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Provider No. 1007. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for license renewal.

Ohio Counselor and Social Work Provider No. RCS 030001.

Marriage-Family Therapy: Ohio Board Marriage-Family Therapy, Provider RTX 100501.

Drug-Alcohol: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) to provide continuing education for alcohol and drug abuse counselors. NAADAC Provider No. 00243.

Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Instruction Methodology: Didactic, audio-visuals, demonstrations, experiential exercises, case examples, small and large group discussions.

ADA: If you require accommodations, please contact Partners in Healing at: 737-926-0071

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From our 2015 spring workshop. Left to right: Carrie Hatcher-Kay, Sharon Gold-Steinberg, Lisa Ferentz and César Valdez

From our 2015 spring workshop. Left to right: Carrie Hatcher-Kay, Sharon Gold-Steinberg, Lisa Ferentz and César Valdez

Nature photo above by Kayla Steinberg