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1 April - 15 May 2017
Early Bird Pricing Available

16 May - 11 June 2017
Regular Pricing Available

Advanced Registration
Through 11 June 2017

Thereafter, On-Site Registration
Available 12 June 2017

Contact the ISSTD office at 703-610-9037 or email

continuing education

A total of 24.75 continuing Education credits are available for this conference (12 for Marks and 12.75 for Knipe) through our CE co-sponsor, CE Learning System. Credits must be purchased before the end of the conference for a separate fee.

Program Details

June 12-13, 2017 

Advanced training in treatment of children and adolescents with complex trauma and dissociation

One of the complexities of working with dissociative children, adolescents and adults is the fact that each person’s internal dissociative landscape is so unique and the causal factors so varied.  Although this training will mainly focus on children and adolescents, it also provides excellent insight and helpful techniques for therapists working with dissociative adults with young dissociative states.  In most cases behaviours are causing significant emotional dysregulation, interpersonal distress, disruption and complex behaviors in children as well as in adults.  There is general consensus that the more mainstream therapeutic approaches do not always address the dissociative problems and its complexities.  A more flexible and integrative approach might be needed for effective treatment.

During this training, the importance of attachment and emotional regulation in the adults and children will be discussed.  Various techniques, which will ensure enhanced emotional regulation in both adults and children, will be illustrated. This importance of working with the family system and managing the complexities in families where trauma and dissociation causes distress will be discussed as well as treatment for parents, foster carers and adoptive parents who might be suffering from secondary trauma. The use of metaphors and various puppets and toys in psycho-education will be illustrated. The importance of using concrete objects during psycho-education for children, adolescents, and adults will become evident.  This will include a metaphor to determine whether the child is ready for trauma processing.

There will be some focus on origins of violence in children and adolescents from pre-birth domestic violence experiences and subjective accounts of children about pre-birth dissociative experiences.  It will also include the impact of early traumatic experiences on violent behaviours later in childhood and adolescence, including violent dissociative states and perpetrator introjects,

The role that dissociation play in the presentation of children and adults with anxiety, violence, aggression and the treatment of children with extreme amnesia will also be discussed. Drawings of the children, videos of actual cases and practical illustrations of the use of toys, hand puppets, play-dough etc. will form a vital part of this training
There will be specific reference to medical trauma, and the case discussion will include the treatment of a 12-week old baby, 22 month old baby, and an adult who presented with debilitating anxiety. Examples will also be provided of the use of EMDR/BLS during the treatment of dissociative children as well as the use of creative therapies including art, music, drawings, movement and sand trays.

In this process the participants will be exposed to the complexity of the unique internal landscapes of different children and adolescents, in order to gain a better understanding of how to access the dissociative states and enable the child, not only to process the trauma, but also to move to integration. This will be illustrated with cases where the therapeutic process was tracked by a visual process.

June 16-17, 2017 

EMDR Toolbox: Methods of Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociation within an Adaptive Information Processing Therapy Model

This is a course for therapists who are trained and experienced in using EMDR Therapy but who are stymied sometimes about how to structure therapy sessions for those clients with more complex emotional conditions. Additional EMDR-related “Tools” –conceptual models and specific therapy interventions -- can significantly extend the therapeutic power of EMDR to many individuals who have suffered early, complex and prolonged abuse and/or neglect. These "Tools" supplement – not replace – what has already been proven effective in the use of the EMDR Therapy in the treatment of trauma.

The goals of this workshop will be: 1) to develop an overview of an Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model of the treatment of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other dissociative conditions; and (2) to articulate specific EMDR therapeutic approaches to better resolve the psychological “knots” or "tangles" that impede progress. For example, several methods will be described, and illustrated, for safely accelerating therapeutic progress with clients presenting with avoidance, idealization, and shame defenses. In addition, methods will be described of using focused sets of bilateral stimulation to facilitate contact, communication, and integration among dissociated personality parts. Interventions will be presented not only in lecture format, but also in video case examples.


continuing education credits

A total of 24.75 CE credits have been approved for this conference (12 CE credits for Marks and 12.75 CE credits for Knipe) through our continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems. Below please find information on the types of credits being offered and the process for claiming your credits. Credits must be purchased before the end of the conference for a separate fee. 

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.

CE Learning Systems (Provider #1020) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program. CE Learning Systems LLC maintains responsibility for the 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 up to 24.75 continuing education clock hours.

CE Process Info
A continuing education certificate for the event you attended will be obtained using the website, CE-Go. Approximately 3 business days after the event, you will receive an email containing a link to CE-Go.   (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).

Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:

  • Complete evaluation forms for the event (Mandatory to receive credit for each session)
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go process, please contact CE-Go at 877 248 6789 ext. 5,  or by email at