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Master Classes

course director: joan turkus, md 

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Course Description:

Master Classes were created when students requested additional training after completing the Advanced level of courses. They wished to continue further studies with the guidance of a senior clinician/instructor. These classes have become a valuable professional resource for participants.

Intended Participants:

Licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors) who are personally treating clients with Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Disorders and who have personally treated a significant number of such clients. In addition, the participants must have taken the ISSTD Advanced Course in the Psychotherapy of Complex Trauma and Dissociation or its equivalent (to be assessed by the facilitator.)

Course Format:

Once monthly 2.5 hour sessions for 8 months.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits:

Continuing Education: This course has been approved for up to 20 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:

Washington, DC - Turkus

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: 02/23/2016 - 02/23/2019.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive continuing education clock hours.

APA - CE Learning Systems, LLC 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 is limited to no more than 14 persons per in person and teleseminar course. Registration limits for online classes may vary. 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.

Students must take Part I of a two-part course to continue on to Part II. Students who wish to enroll in the Standard Course without taking the Intro Course must be approved by the PTP Chair and Standard Course Directors. To obtain this approval, please submit a copy of your current CV via email to professionaltraining@isst-d.org. An interview with the Chair and Directors may be required before permission is given to enroll.

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 mailto:professionaltraining@isst-d.orgorg 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 the course, please contact the ISSTD Professional Training Chair, Su Baker, MEd

Cancellation Policy
If you withdraw from any course , 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. 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 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.

© 2018 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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