Traumatic Incident Reduction Association

Frequently Asked Questions for Practitioners Interested in Using TIR & Related Techniques

Q: How much does training cost and how can I register?

A: Contact the trainer nearest you for tuition and registration information.

Q: Can I make use of Traumatic Incident Reduction after the first training workshop?

A: Yes. To become fully proficient, follow up your workshop with an internship that includes regular supervision. For best results, take all three: the TIR Workshop, TIR – Expanded Applications, and one of the available Life Stress Reduction Workshops

Q: How long does it take to become fully trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction and all of the Life Stress Reduction techniques?

A: The training itself is contained in three workshops, each generally four to five days long. The two accompanying internships will go a long way to increasing your knowledge, skills, and certainty in applying these techniques.

Q: My clients mostly come to me with issues relating to traumatic stress and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In what order should I take the trainings you offer?

A: Ideally, take the TIR Workshop first, followed by TIR – Expanded Applications, and then the Life Stress Reduction Workshop.

Q: My clients come to me with issues and concerns not primarily trauma related. In what order should I take the trainings you offer?

A: Ideally, take Fundamentals and Techniques of Life Stress Reduction, followed by the TIR Workshop and then the TIR – Expanded Applications Workshop. While you may not work directly with trauma, most of us have traumatic incidents (however minor) somewhere in our past. Even if you do not work with trauma specifically, in using the Life Stress Reduction Techniques, you may well uncover some, and this technique will be a useful tool to back up what you have already learned.

Q: I understand that TIR is not done in a 50 minute hour, but I work for an agency that limits sessions to the fifty minute hour. Is there anything I can do to make use of some of these techniques?

A: Yes, all three basic workshops contain techniques that can be used within a time-limited situation. For your purposes, you will probably get the most utility from taking the training path that starts with the Fundamentals and Techniques of Life Stress Reduction Workshops.

Q: Is it possible to make an entire practice of using TIR and other Applied Metapsychology techniques?

A: Yes, it is and many people do. You would of course refer any clients that would be better served by another sort of work.

Q: I want to learn TIR and related techniques and use them within my established practice. I don't want to give up using other methods that work well for me. Is there any problem with that?

A: Certainly there is no problem and many people do just that. All that is asked is that you follow the full protocol of the Applied Metapsychology techniques when you use them and make it clear to your clients what method you are using, so they know what to expect. This is important in receiving consistently good results with any Applied Metapsychology technique.

Q: I hear that you train people to be facilitators who are not already mental health professionals. How can that be?

A: The highly structured nature of this work and the built-in safeguards make it well suited for any intelligent person with a desire to provide effective help to learn. For further information, see: A Psychologist Addresses Potential Concerns of the Mental Health Community (by John Durkin, Ph.D.) and Applied Metapsychology: Therapy or Personal Growth (by Frank A. Gerbode, M.D.)

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