Motivating Traumatized Clients

Course Description

Continuing Education Hours: 3

This course is to help clinical and non-clinical professionals to understand how to motivate traumatized clients. The more significant and complex the trauma history is for an individual the more it impacts there ability to benefit from traditional structures of goal setting and seeking, that is the primary approach in mental health, business and education. This course will provide a simple foundation to look at motivation as it is impacted by trauma and suggest alternative ways to engage clients, students, employees in a more efficient process of transformation and growth.

Learning Objectives


  • Understand how trauma impacts motivation
  • Increase the effective strategies for motivation traumatized clients
  • Develop an alternative lens to view goal setting and goal achievement
  • Increase ones compassionate engagement of others in a process of transformation

Robert Rhoton PsyD., LPC, F.A.A.E.T.S.


Dr. Robert Rhoton, CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute and President at the Trauma Institute International possesses a rich history of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Rhoton has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs for adolescents, day treatment programs for youth and children, adult offender programs and child and family therapeutic services. Dr. Rhoton served as president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Rhoton was a Professor at Ottawa University in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department whose primary interests were training counselors to work with traumagenic family dynamics, child and family trauma, and non-egoic models of treatment. Dr. Rhoton is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with numerous Arizona agencies fine tuning their understanding of trauma and the impact of developmental trauma on the individual and family. Dr. Rhoton works internationally with organizations to improve the delivery of trauma treatment services.

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