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Intro Training

The Introduction to the Treatment of Complex Trauma Parts l & ll
This is a completely newly designed course for mental health professionals who wish to develop or further enhance their knowledge and skills in working with clients who have chronic-trauma related disorders. 



Introduction Part I 

Course Description:

The course will focus on the etiology of chronic trauma, its clinical picture, tools of assessment, the phase oriented approach to trauma and treatment pitfalls and therapeutic alliance. The course is partly didactic, based on the assigned readings, and partly discussion of the “Case of Erica”, a teaching case which unfolds in a naturalistic progression over 4 classes.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of Part I, students will have:

  • Explored the history of the understanding and resistance to recognizing trauma
  • Differentiated simple from complex trauma
  • Discussed and explored the etiology of complex trauma
  • Identified the clinical picture of trauma
  • Reviewed the tools to assess trauma
  • Reviewed the three phases of treatment of trauma.
  • Discussed the treatment pitfalls and therapeutic alliance (risk management)
  • Applied the theoretical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of complex trauma to a provided clinical case

For full list of session objectives, click here.

Intended Participants:

Licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, accredited psychotherapists, etc.) who are interested in developing their skills in treating clients with chronic trauma related disorders. For Part I of the course, there is no need to have a client with a chronic trauma-related disorder.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Courtois, CA, and Ford, JD  (2013) Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach. NY, NY: The Guilford Press.
  2. Courtois, CA, and Ford, JD, eds. (2009) Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders. NY, NY: The Guilford Press.
  3. Herman, JL (1997) Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror. NY, NY: Basic Books

For full course bibliography, click here.

Course Format:

For in-person and hybrid courses: Once monthly 2.5 hour sessions for 6 months (may be taught in three, double sessions)  For online: 3-4 months (based on schedule and holidays) taught via online discussion boards

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits:

Continuing Education: This course has been approved for up to 15 CE credits through our continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning System.
ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation

Upcoming Course Offerings:

   ANCHORAGE - OLSON    TELESEMINAR - OLSON

 


 

Introduction Part II

Course Description:

This course continue the information learned in Part I and will focus on betrayal and memory, treatment modalities, the role of attachment, applications of theoretical models, and secondary trauma. The course is partly didactic, based on the assigned readings. In addition, students must be prepared to discuss theories as applied to treatment of their own clients.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of Part II, students will have:

  • Explored dissociation within complex trauma and its ramifications for treatment
  • Discussed various treatment modalities, such as psycho-dynamic, contextual, cognitive-behavioral, emotion focused, non-verbal therapies, etc.
  • Discussed couple and family therapy and group therapy in the treatment of complex trauma
  • Identified the factors leading to secondary post-traumatic reactions in therapist
  • Explored transference, countertransference and enactments in the therapy of clients with complex trauma disorders
  • Reviewed the role of attachment in complex trauma and it treatment
  • Applied the theoretical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of complex trauma to the students’ clinical cases

For full list of session objectives, click here.

Intended Participants:

Licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, accredited psychotherapists, etc.) who are interested in developing their skills in treating clients with chronic trauma related disorders. For Part II, the student must be treating at least one client with a chronic-trauma related disorder.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Courtois, CA, and Ford, JD  (2013) Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach. NY, NY: The Guilford Press.
  2. Courtois, CA, and Ford, JD, eds. (2009) Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders. NY, NY: The Guilford Press.
  3. Herman, JL (1997) Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror. NY, NY: Basic Books

For full course bibliography, click here.


Course Format: For in-person and hybrid courses: Once monthly 2.5 hour sessions for 6 months (may be taught in three, double sessions)  For online: 3-4 months (based on schedule and holidays) taught via online discussion boards.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits:

Continuing Education: This course has been approved for up to 15 CE credits through our continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning System.
ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation

Upcoming Course Offerings:

 MONTREAL - BAKER/O'NEIL/BOUABIJIAN


Calendar/Locations:
Please click the button below for a full list of courses that are currently offered and to register. Look for a course date and location that works for you. If you do not see a place and time that is acceptable, check back in the near future, as new course times are being posted continuously. See important information below regarding course registration.

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Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Sponsor:
    
CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event. To earn continuing education credits, participants must purchase credits separately. Participants will need to complete an evaluation and a post-test (online courses only). CE credits are available in the U.S. and Canada.

ASWB - CE Learning Systems, (Provider #1020), is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program.  ASWB Approval Period: 02/23/2013 - 02/23/2016.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive continuing education clock hours.

APA - ISSTD's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Prior to 2010 Continuing Education (CE) credits were provided by the Institute for Continuing Education.

Course Fees
This fee includes copyright fees and course materials. You will receive course materials when registration is complete. All fees are in U.S. Dollars. CE credits are available for purchase through our CE co-sponsor, CE Learning System, Inc. Students will receive an email directly from the CE co-sponsor with information on the cost of credits and the process to obtain them.

Registration Requirements and Registration
Receiving Approval to Register: ISSTD is interested in the success of this program. To ensure the highest standards in our profession, we require each potential participant to call and speak with the instructor in your area (if two instructors, speak with at least one, if registering for the online program, contact ISSTD Staff

If your instructor agrees with your participation in this program, they will tell you to register. If you register without prior consent of an instructor, we cannot guarantee your instructors approval and your registration fee may be refunded to you, minus an administrative fee of $45 for handling of improperly submitted registration materials. Applicants must be licensed clinicians, or if you are a graduate student, a letter from your Department Chairperson giving permission for your participation in this program must be sent to your faculty person.

Course sites which have two faculty listed will have one course co-taught by both faculty. To begin the registration process, use the information on the Faculty Page to contact the faculty member in your area for permission to register. Calendar of Programs with Instructors Contact Information

 REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:  IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:

Registration is limited to 12 persons per site and varies per hybrid/online course. Participants must be licensed professionals, and students must also receive the approval of the local faculty to attend. Clinicians in training may attend with the written recommendation of the chairperson of their training program/department. Familiarity with treating a person with a major dissociative disorder is preferred in the Advanced and Master's level courses. Progression from Intro I to Intro II, through Standard I and Standard II is highly recommended prior to attempting the upper level courses. It is recommended that participants have contextual experience of dissociative processes to be able to take in more advanced course material in a meaningful way.

Remember, if you register without the prior approval of a faculty member, your registration may be refunded to you less a $45 administrative fee. When you click to register you are indicating that you have read the preceding paragraphs about the details of this program, and the rules surrounding the processing of registration fees.

Members please remember to log in to receive your member discount. Contact Program Manager by email at info@isst-d.org or call 703-610-9037 if you need your username and password or any additional registration assistance.

If you have a problem or a concern about registration, please contact the ISSTD Professional Training Administrative Director, Victor Welzant, Psy.D.

Cancellation Policy
If you withdraw from any course less than 15 days prior to its local starting date, there is a $45 non-refundable charge. If you are sent course materials, prior to your notification of withdrawal from the course, regardless of the date of your notice, your refund will also be less the copyright fees. Registration is limited to 12 participants per location for in person courses and varies for hybrid/online courses. Once the course starts no new students can be accepted more than one week after the course begins. The course fee is not refundable if you withdraw from the course after two weeks prior to its start, unless an acceptable replacement for your registration is found, in a timely fashion, prior to the start of the course. Refund of fees, and acceptance at that time, is the decision of the course Directors. All materials used for this course are subject to copyright laws and are not for duplication or distribution by course participants. Fees must be submitted with registration, and must be submitted in US dollars.

Thank You
ISSTD is thankful to the original course directors, Richard Chefetz, MD; A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD; Donald Fridley, PhD; Elizabeth Howell, PhD; Annita Jones, PsyD; and Eli Somer, PhD as well as the many distinguished faculty members who have contributed and continue to give their energy and talents tirelessly to make this training program successful.

© 2017 ISSTD  This course syllabus and bibliography are the copyrighted property of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).  Use of this material is prohibited without written permission from the ISSTD.

 

 

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