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Upcoming Webinar

Exploring Complex Issues in Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Adolescents: Full Day Webinar Series

Friday, april 27, 2018
9:00 aM - 4:30 PM Eastern daylight Time

Presenters: renée potgeiter marks, robert slater, frances waters and na'ama yehuda

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registration fee (all four sessions):  

professionals: $99 members  |  $149 non-members
students: $49 members  |  $99 non-members
retired & emerging professionals: $79 members  |  $129 non-members

ce credits: $10 additional charge for all attendees

*Proof of student and emerging professional status (i.e. transcripts, license, etc) must be submitted via email to the ISSTD office after registration is complete. 


9:00am – 10:30am   |   Presenter: Na'ama Yehuda, MSC, SLP

Presenter Biography
Na’ama Yehuda, MSC, SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and audiologist with almost 30 years’ clinical experience. A clinician in private practice, she consulted for the New York City Department of Education; provides international professional development and consultations on communication, language, trauma, and development; and is the author of several publications on the topic. She had been elected to serve on the boards of directors of the Israeli Speech Hearing Language Association (ISHLA) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), chaired and volunteers on taskforces and committees, and currently co-chairs the Child and Adolescent Committee of ISSTD and the ISSTDNYC component group. Her book, Communicating Trauma: Clinical presentations and interventions with traumatized children received the ISSTD's Written Media Award for 2016. She is an ISSTD Fellow, as well as a recipient of the ISSTD President's Award (2014) and the ISSTD Distinguished Achievement Award (2011). She also writes and publishes fiction.

Early trauma—especially chronic—affects children’s development. Maltreatment, invasive medical treatments, domestic violence, accidents, disasters, grief, loss, war, terror, and many developmental issues: all place children at a high risk for attachment issues, frustration, overwhelm, and distress. Children have limited ability to verbalize distress. Therefore they often communicate it in behavior (and misbehavior), in how they relate to others, how they react, respond, remember, and learn. Traumatized children often present with difficulties in attending and learning, as well as with behavioral and social issues. They are more likely to require Special Education, repeat grades, drop out of school, get in trouble, and be diagnosed with mental-illness. What further complicates the picture is that children who have some form of childhood disability (communication disorders, physical limitations, developmental delays, sensory sensitivities, etc.) can have similar clinical presentations and that as a group these children are at very high risk for maltreatment, behavior issues, and posttraumatic stress.

Trauma can have profound impact on children’s development and clinical presentation. When trauma is not directly assessed, children can accumulate hosts of diagnoses: ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Autism, Auditory-Processing-Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Childhood Psychosis, and more. Misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses can lead to ineffective intervention, increased frustration, and added need for dissociation. Awareness to the fact duress affects children has improved in recent years, but many professionals remain uncertain about how to differentiate symptoms and behaviors from underlying causes, about the particular ways children communicate distress, and how to address these needs.

This presentation will detail some of the ways trauma affects development, and how traumatic aftermath manifests in the behaviors, abilities, and communication of children. The challenges of differential diagnosis, co-morbidity, and primary versus secondary issues will be discussed, and possible ‘rules of thumb’ guidelines will be offered. Case study vignettes and quotes will be used to elucidate the relationship and complexity of trauma, development, behavior, communication, and differential diagnosis.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List three ways chronic stress affects development
  • Identify two diagnostic challenges in assessing traumatized children
  • Discuss common co-morbidities in traumatized children


10:45am – 12:15pm   |   Presenter: Frances Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT

Presenter Biography
Frances S. Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT, is an internationally recognized trainer, consultant, and clinician in the area of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation. Ms. Waters is the past President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) and has served on many committees with ISSD, including currently co-chair of ISSTD’s Child & Adolescent Committee, and Faculty Director of the Child Adolescent Professional Training Programs.  Ms. Waters is author of Healing the Fracture Child: Diagnosing and Treating Dissociative Youth (2016) and has published many chapters and articles on childhood trauma and dissociation.

Children and adolescents with dissociation have a high rate of affect and behavior dysregulation.  They are easily triggered and out of their window of tolerance. They can be erratic and unpredictable due to their extreme switching of self-states and high rate of comorbidity.  They are often put on heavy dosages of multiple medications and are still uncontained. Placements become disrupted and the child experiences frequent moves and failed therapeutic interventions.

This webinar will focus on building internal and external awareness across all parts of the child, resolving conflicts among parts of the self, and learning effective strategies for safe expression of affect among self-states, expanding their window of tolerance, and developing metacognitive awareness. Clinical examples and artwork will depict the therapeutic process.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe techniques for building internal and external awareness with dissociative youth
  • Explain techniques to effectively negotiate for safe discharge of affect with dissociative children
  • Describe strategies to develop metacognitive awareness with dissociative youth


1:15pm – 2:45pm   |   Presenter: Robert Slater, LCSW-R

Presenter Biography
Robert Slater, LCSW-R is founder and president of Copeland Ave Counseling, PLLC, with offices in Syracuse and Homer, NY. He has worked with children and adolescent in residential and school and with all ages in the private practice setting settings. His work with facility placed adolescents led him to focus on how traumatic stressors impact growth, behavior and development. This focus has continued throughout his career. Robert is a member if EMDRIA and ISSTD. He is serving his second term on the Board of Directors of ISSTD, currently as secretary. He is Chairman of the Communication/Marketing Committee and an ISSTD fellow. He is also a recipient of the 2017 President's Award of Distinction.

Childhood trauma has the potential to overwhelm the coping ability of children and can create developmental changes in brain structure and function. These changes to the developing mind allow for short term survival and sacrifice long term effective functioning. Adolescence is a time when these changes have the potential for both becoming more deeply embedded or largely rectified as the person moves toward adulthood. This workshop will detail some aspects of how the brain copes with overwhelming trauma and impairment or disorganized attachment and how, when identified and treated effectively, the changes in the brain can facilitate healing. Specific case examples will be provided from various causes of C-PTSD and dissociative responses and some basic methods of addressing these changes in order to facilitate more effective functioning will be provided.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3 specific causes of childhood/adolescent traumatic stressors that may lead to dissociative reactions/coping mechanisms
  • Identify 2 changes in brain structure and function during adolescence that can help to overcome traumatic stress and dissociative reactions
  • Name 3 environmental and 2 developmental problems that can complicate adolescent treatment of traumatic stress and dissociative reactions


3:00pm – 4:30pm   |   Presenter: Renée Potgeiter Marks, PhD

Presenter Biography
Renée Potgieter Marks is working as Consultant Therapist and Clinical Lead at Integrate Families in the North of England.  Integrate Families is the National Centre for Child Trauma and Dissociation in England. Renée is a national and international trainer on the topic of attachment, emotional regulation, complex trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents. She is a member of the Child and Adolescents Committee of the ISSTD and also an accredited trainer for their on-line training.  Renée is the chair of the Child and Adolescent Committee of the European Society on Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and specialises in the more serious and complicated population of traumatised children and adolescents. Since 2016 Renée has been involved in a new on-line hybrid training specifically with the aim to raise a greater awareness in Europe and third world countries of trauma and dissociation in children and to provide treatment strategies.  Renée is also an expert witness and provides clinical supervision and consultation to different agencies and therapists nationally and internationally.

Complex behaviour in children are escalating worldwide.  Many hours are presently being invested by therapists and mental health professionals to combat these very complex behaviours, which at times can leave experienced mental health professionals despondent.  Some of these behaviours in children who suffered complex trauma, might be due to perpetrator introjects, a less familiar dissociative state.  The usual way to address dissociative states, does not always appear to be successful where perpetrator introjects are present in the child.

This training will explain the term perpetrator introjects, which is relatively new in the world of trauma and dissociation.  In some of the more complex cases where parents, adults and children become the regular victims of some of the most traumatised children, the possibility of the presence of a persecutor introject needs to be explored.  During this training the origins of perpetrator introjects will be analysed as well as the signs of a perpetrator introject. This training will also explore the different types of perpetrator introjects as well as the functioning of these complex dissociative states. 

In the second part of this training the focus will be on the most  important aspects that might need to be taken into account during the therapeutic process.  The therapeutic process might be complex, but with a good understanding and working with dissociative children, this training will greatly enhance the participants concept of perpetrator introjects and empower participants to formulate a more effective treatment plan for children and adolescents with a perpetrator introject. During this training there will be multiple references and discussions of practical cases.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between a dissociative state in a child or adolescent and the presence of a perpetrator introject
  • Identify the different types of perpetrator introjects in children and adolescents
  • Design a more effective treatment plan for children or adolescents with perpetrator introjects

Can't Make It?
If your schedule won't allow for you to attend, the each webinar session will be recorded and made available for purchase. The each session recording cost is $25 For ISSTD members and $45 for non-members. The webinar recordings can be accessed on the CE-Credit.com website or behind the Member's Corner for ISSTD members.  Exam fees for Continuing Education credits start at $10.46.

6 Continuing Education Credits (pending)

Continuing Education Sponsor:

CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event. Purchase of continuing education credits will be available at the end of the live webinar and is available to participants in the U.S. and Canada.

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. This course is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours.

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.

ISST-D's Co-Sponsor, CE Learning Systems SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0060.

CE Learning Systems, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0072.

ISST-D's co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems (d/b/a CE-credit.com), is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0008.


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