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Digital Seminar

Untangling the Trauma Bond

Helping Clients Heal Dysfunctional Relationships and Create Authentic Connection

Laura Copley, PhD, LPC
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Mar 23, 2024
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At the core of many toxic relationships isn’t one “bad” partner and a “victim,” but often two people who each have emotional wounds that come together in a powerful force known as a “trauma bond.” This bond can paradoxically drive partners together into painful, repetitive, and dysfunctional behaviors as they try to heal past unmet needs. What can we, as therapists, do in these complex situations? And how can we determine if a trauma bond can be repaired in a relationship? In this practical, skills-based workshop designed for both individual and couples therapists, you’ll discover: 

  • The concept of trauma bonding and how to spot these common toxic relational patterns in your clients’ relationships 
  • Practical tools to help clients understand and overcome relational traumas 
  • Key insights into how to help your clients move towards post-traumatic growth  


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Laura Copley, PhD, LPC, is the Director of Aurora Counseling & Wellbeing and Founder of The Life Pathways and an international speaker on toxic relationships.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Laura Copley founder and director of Aurora Counseling & Well Being. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Copley receives a speaking honorarium from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Laura Copley is a member of the Virginia Counselors' Association.

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  1. Articulate the relationship between early attachment injuries from childhood and trauma bonded relationships in adulthood. 
  2. Describe five attachment traumas and how each is uniquely linked to distinct trauma symptoms in adult relationships. 
  3. Construct the five stages of the “toxic hook” pattern using a case example. 
  4. Demonstrate 6 trauma-informed techniques for working with trauma bonds in therapy. 


  • Why early attachment traumas leave us vulnerable to trauma-bonding relationships in adulthood 
  • Types of attachment traumas and their potential impact on adult relationship dynamics 
  • Important terms to know when working with trauma bonds 
  • The five stages of the “toxic hook” pattern and tools to use each step of the way 
  • How to tell if your client is ready to change? 
  • Trauma-informed language you need to know (and use) 
  • Techniques for effectively untangling trauma bonds 
  • Trauma-informed strategies that open the door to Post-Traumatic Growth 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers

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