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Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation

ISSTD’s Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation has developed a series of courses leading to a certificate.  Each of these interlinked programs is based upon the Core Areas of Knowledge that were identified by the leaders of the field in 2010. The Center awards a Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation to those who complete 72 hours of Center-approved courses and training. The Center awards an Advanced Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation to those who complete 100 hours.

Continue your journey towards mastery of complex trauma and dissociation! Most training programs focus on ‘simple’ trauma. The Center’s programs focus on complex trauma. “We start where others leave off.”

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Full descriptions of the conference workshops, regional seminars, and professional training courses that can lead to one of the certificates are under construction.  Review the Core Areas of Knowledge below:

 Core Areas of Knowledge© – Credit Hours Towards Certificate

Child, Adolescent & Adult

I. Introductory Level:

  1.1. Complex post traumatic effects and responses:
      Complex post traumatic effects and responses
      Foundational areas of knowledge.  
  1.2  Assessment
      Assessment of trauma and dissociation--DES, PCL TSI-2
  1.3  Treatment of complex trauma and dissociation  
      Introduction to the Treatment of Complex Trauma- Child, Adolescent or Adult
      Establishing & conducting an effective trauma therapy
      Memory, trauma, and suggestibility  
      Staged treatment – the road map: Stage I, Stage II, Stage III models of
           treatment of post traumatic disorders
II.  Intermediate Level
  2.1 Intermediate Assessment
      Frankel article, Dell & O’Neill, Loewenstein’s Office Mental Exam, MID  
  2.2. Treatment of Complex Trauma & Dissociative Disorders  
  2.3. Relational challenges in trauma/dissociation therapy  
      Transference/countertransference patterns  
      Vicarious traumatization  
  2.4. Management of self-injurious behaviors
  2.5. Ethics/professional issues and risk management  
III.  Advanced Level
  3.1. Advanced treatment of DID: Trauma processing, fusion/integration  
  3.2.  Relational challenges in trauma/dissociation therapy
  3.3. Tutorial on neurobiology of trauma, concepts of dissociation  
  3.4.  Tutorial on current research in complex trauma and dissociation  
  3.5.  Psychopharmacology of complex traumatic disorders  
  3.6   Comorbid Disorders: Medical illnesses, substance use, eating disorders  
 3.7   Historical/ Societal

























Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How many credits do I need for a Certificate?
A: You will need 72 credits for a Certificate, and 100 for the Advanced Certificate (28 additional credits added to your first 72).

Q: I took PTP courses in the past.  Do those count for Certificate Program credits?
A: If your ISSTD PTP courses were taken from 2012 to present time, those courses will count for credit. Why 2012? The Certificate Program began in 2012, coinciding with a revision of the PTP courses.

Q: Do any past conference workshops count for Certificate Credits?
A: Yes, all ‘keyed’ workshops from 2012 do count for Certificate Program credits.  The first courses ‘keyed’ with the Certificate Program logo required that you sign in and out of the workshop. Those signatures have been transferred onto the ISSTD database.

Q: How are credits recorded?
A:  ISSTD encourages each participant to keep track of their own attendance. Currently, ISSTD keep records on file at Headquarters.
For the ‘keyed’ conference workshops, participants will be sent a link to access the post-test questions for each workshop they attended. After you pass your post-tests, your Certificate credits will be added to your record and you will be able to print out a copy from your home computer. At Headquarters, your credits will be tallied on a form resembling a transcript.

Q: If I’m teaching a PTP course that give Certificate credits, do I receive them, too?
A: Yes, you do, and thank you!


professional training:

See the list of courses

Complexities of Complex Trauma Part I Teleseminar
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Complexities of Complex Trauma Part I Teleseminar
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Child & Adolescent Online
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