Motivating Traumatized Clients [2022]

Course Description

Continuing Education Hours: 5

This training is designed to help anyone that is working with a traumatized individual be more effective in creating change and transformation in the life of the mental health and human service client, student, or coworker. This course looks at the neurobiological impacts of trauma on motivation of individuals and how to approach motivating the traumatized individual to create change and sustained transformation.

Learning Objectives


  • Participants will be able to identify primary causes of low levels of motivation.
  • Participants will be able to see motivational issues through the lens of trauma.
  • Participants will be conversant with why emotionally centered approaches are less effective in motivating trauma clients.
  • Participants will understand the factors of cognitive-behavioral therapy that are problematic in the Traumatized.
  • Participants will understand how to maximize common interventions.
  • Participants will learn strategies to build more effective motivational interventions.

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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