Trust in Treatment: Peer Perspectives on Mentalization in Support Relationships
Megan Wiechnik, CPS, and Amy Trahan, CPS
Trust is the foundation of meaningful connection and one’s power to heal. We must be able to trust in order to have compassion and empathy for others and to believe in their good will toward us. How can we let helpers in without trust? In this presentation, certified peer specialists Megan Wiechnik and Amy Trahan will share lived experience from their own treatment to facilitate a discussion about ways in which trust can be won—and lost. They will also reflect on the relationships they create and maintain as peer specialists in order to highlight how building mentalization skills can enhance trust in the treatment environment.
- Participants will gain insights from the peer perspective on cultivating trust, compassion and empathy through practicing mentalization.
- Participants will learn about the connection between vulnerability and trust.
- Participants will develop a framework for understanding the importance of trust in treatment relationships.
Continuing Education Info:
Ellenhorn, LLC, #1792, is approved to offer social work continuing-education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing-Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final say in determining whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing- education credit. Ellenhorn, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 12/09/2022-12/9/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 (one) continuing-education credit.
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