PTP Course Descriptions

The ISSTD Professional Training Program is comprised of nine courses in three categories: Adult Training Courses, Child & Adolescent Training Courses, and Spanish Training Courses. Courses are offered in two formats: in-person and live teleseminar. Continuing education credits are offered for all English courses taught in the US or Canada. Please carefully review our course fees and policies before registering.

Certificate Program credits are offered for all courses.

Adult Training Courses

Level I

The Complexities of Complex Trauma Part I

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. 

Course Director: Su Baker, MEd


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.

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. 

This course content is at the beginning/intermediate level.

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 (2015) Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror. NY, NY: Basic Books

For full course syllabus and references, click here.

Course Format

Six 2.5 hour sessions completed over a period of three to six months.

Course Completion Requirements

Course completion requires attendance, participation in sessions, and completion of session and overall evaluations. APA continuing education credits will only be awarded for live attendence for 50 minutes out of every hour of training. 

To receive ASWB ACE credit, participants must participate and attend live the full time of all course sessions and complete session and overall evaluations. Please note that time spent completing required readings is not eligible for ACE credit.

For in-person courses participants are required to sign in and out of each session.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits

Continuing Education: Fees for in-person and teleseminar courses include continuing education (CE) credits. Continuing education credits are available for all teleseminar courses as well as US and Canada-based in-person courses. This course has been approved for 15 CE credits.

ASWB ACE
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 15 continuing education credits.


CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event for the following approvals.

American Psychological Association (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.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
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.

New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
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

New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
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.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 15 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least four out of six sessions to receive credit.

Upcoming Course Offerings

The Complexities of Complex Trauma Part II

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. 

Course Director: Su Baker, MEd


Part II

Participants must have taken the Part I course to register for Part II.

Course Description

This course continues 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.

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 and must have taken the Level I Part I course to register.

This course content is at the beginning/intermediate level.

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 (2015) Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror. NY, NY: Basic Books

For full course syllabus and references, click here.

Course Format

Six 2.5 hour sessions completed over a period of three to six months.

Course Completion Requirements

Course completion requires attendance, participation in sessions, and completion of session and overall evaluations. APA continuing education credits will only be awarded for live attendence for 50 minutes out of every hour of training. 

To receive ASWB ACE credit, participants must participate and attend live the full time of all course sessions and complete session and overall evaluations.

For in-person courses participants are required to sign in and out of each session.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits

Continuing Education: Fees for in-person and teleseminar courses include continuing education (CE) credits. Continuing education credits are available for all teleseminar courses as well as US and Canada-based in-person courses. This course has been approved for 15 CE credits.

ASWB ACE
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 15 continuing education credits.


CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event for the following approvals.

American Psychological Association (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.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
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.

New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
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

New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
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.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 15 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least four out of six sessions to receive credit.

Upcoming Course Offerings

The Complexities of Complex Trauma Accelerated

This course combines The Complexities of Complex Trauma Part I and The Complexities of Complex Trauma Part II into one single course offering. This course is 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. 

Course Director: Su Baker, MEd


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.

This course then continues 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.

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. 

This course content is at the beginning/intermediate level.

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 (2015) Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror. NY, NY: Basic Books

For full course syllabus and references, click here.

Course Format

Twelve 2.5 hour sessions completed over a period of six months.

Course Completion Requirements

Course completion requires attendance, participation in sessions, and completion of session and overall evaluations. APA continuing education credits will only be awarded for live attendence for 50 minutes out of every hour of training. 

To receive ASWB ACE credit, participants must participate and attend live the full time of all course sessions and complete session and overall evaluations.

For in-person courses participants are required to sign in and out of each session.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits

Continuing Education: Fees for in-person and teleseminar courses include continuing education (CE) credits. Continuing education credits are available for all teleseminar courses as well as US and Canada-based in-person courses. This course has been approved for 30 CE credits.

ASWB ACE
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 30 continuing education credits.


CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event for the following approvals.

American Psychological Association (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.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
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.

New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
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

New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
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.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 30 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least four out of six sessions to receive credit.

Upcoming Course Offerings

Level II

From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders Part I

At the end of this experience, participants will have sufficient knowledge to be able to diagnose Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS), and will have essential knowledge and skills needed to conduct individual psychotherapy to treat these illnesses.

Course Directors: Su Baker, MEd and Joan Turkus, MD


Part I

Participants must have taken the Complexities of Complex Trauma Parts I & II to enroll in this course.

Course Description

This course was created to give clinicians a solid education in how to identify and work with complex trauma and dissociation. Part I covers guidelines for treatment and how to fulfill those guidelines in the process of therapy. Students will learn how to recognize the signs of complex trauma and dissociation, and understand the effects of trauma on the development and functioning of adult clients. They will be taught the relevant assessment tools to use, and how to structure therapy to be most effective for clients with all levels of traumatic experiences.  Students will also learn how working with traumatic material challenges both client and therapist, and how to meet the relational challenges that may emerge in therapy.   Special features that are common with dissociative clients will be covered, along with the skills necessary for the successful treatment of dissociation in clients. The course includes literature review and discussion, lecture and the explorations of a teaching case, “The Case of Harold.”

For full course syllabus and references, 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 complex trauma and dissociative disorders. For Part I of the course, there is no need to have a client with a dissociative disorder. Please note that participants must complete The Complexities of Complex Trauma Parts I&II in order to take this course.

This course content is at the beginning/intermediate level.

Required Textbooks

  1. Chu, JA (2011) Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders, 2nd edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.
  2. Howell, EF (2011) Understanding and treating Dissociative Identity Disorder. NY: NY Routledge.

Course Format

Eight 2.5 hour sessions completed over a period of four to eight months.

Course Completion Requirements

Course completion requires attendance, participation in sessions, and completion of session and overall evaluations. APA continuing education credits will only be awarded for live attendence for 50 minutes out of every hour of training. 

To receive ASWB ACE credit, participants must participate and attend live the full time of all course sessions and complete session and overall evaluations. Please note that time spent completing required readings is not eligible for ACE credit.

For in-person courses participants are required to sign in and out of each session.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits:

Continuing Education: Fees for in-person and teleseminar courses include continuing education (CE) credits. Continuing education credits are available for all teleseminar courses as well as US and Canada-based in-person courses. This course has been approved for 20 CE credits.

ASWB ACE
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 20 continuing education credits.


CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event for the following approvals.

American Psychological Association (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.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
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.

New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
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

New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
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.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 20 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least six out of eight sessions to receive credit.

Upcoming Course Offerings:

From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders Part II

At the end of this experience, participants will have sufficient knowledge to be able to diagnose Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS), and will have essential knowledge and skills needed to conduct individual psychotherapy to treat these illnesses.

Course Directors: Su Baker, MEd and Joan Turkus, MD


Part II

Participants must have taken the Part I course to enroll in Part II.

Course Description

Part II is a continuation of the Part I course. This course covers opening treatment of dissociative disorders, disorganized attachment, neurobiology, self (ego) states, treatment and techniques, self-care, suicidality and self-injury, affect and sensate regulation, and integration techniques. Students must be prepared to discuss theories as applied to the treatment of their own client. Each student will be expected to select one or two clients to discuss in class. The case of Harold used in Part I may also be utilized during class discussions.

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 complex trauma and dissociative disorders. For Part II of the course, students should have completed Part I (or the equivalent), and have at least one client with a dissociative disorder in treatment.

This course content is at the beginning/intermediate level.

Required Textbooks

  1. Howell, EF (2011) Understanding and treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach.NY: NY Routledge.
  2. Chefetz, RA (2015) Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real. NY, NY: Norton
  3. Boon, S, Steele, K & van der Hart, O (2011) Coping with trauma-related dissociation: Skills training for patients and therapists. NY: NY, Norton.

For full course syllabus and references, click here.

Course Format

Eight 2.5 hour sessions completed over a period of four to eight months.

Course Completion Requirements

Course completion requires attendance, participation in sessions, and completion of session and overall evaluations. APA continuing education credits will only be awarded for live attendence for 50 minutes out of every hour of training. 

To receive ASWB ACE credit, participants must participate and attend live the full time of all course sessions and complete session and overall evaluations. Please note that time spent completing required readings is not eligible for ACE credit.

For in-person courses participants are required to sign in and out of each session.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits

Continuing Education: Fees for in-person and teleseminar courses include continuing education (CE) credits. Continuing education credits are available for all teleseminar courses as well as US and Canada-based in-person courses. This course has been approved for 20 CE credits.

ASWB ACE
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 20 continuing education credits.


CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event for the following approvals.

American Psychological Association (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.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
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.

New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
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

New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
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.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 15 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least four out of six sessions to receive credit.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 20 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least six out of eight sessions to receive credit.

Upcoming Course Offerings

From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders Accelerated

This course combines From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders Part I and From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders Part II into one single course offering. At the end of this experience, participants will have sufficient knowledge to be able to diagnose Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS), and will have essential knowledge and skills needed to conduct individual psychotherapy to treat these illnesses.

Course Directors: Su Baker, MEd and Joan Turkus, MD


Course Description

This course was created to give clinicians a solid education in how to identify and work with complex trauma and dissociation. Part I covers guidelines for treatment and how to fulfill those guidelines in the process of therapy. Students will learn how to recognize the signs of complex trauma and dissociation, and understand the effects of trauma on the development and functioning of adult clients. They will be taught the relevant assessment tools to use, and how to structure therapy to be most effective for clients with all levels of traumatic experiences.  Students will also learn how working with traumatic material challenges both client and therapist, and how to meet the relational challenges that may emerge in therapy.   Special features that are common with dissociative clients will be covered, along with the skills necessary for the successful treatment of dissociation in clients. The course includes literature review and discussion, lecture and the explorations of a teaching case, “The Case of Harold.”

Part II is a continuation of the Part I course. This course covers opening treatment of dissociative disorders, disorganized attachment, neurobiology, self (ego) states, treatment and techniques, self-care, suicidality and self-injury, affect and sensate regulation, and integration techniques. Students must be prepared to discuss theories as applied to the treatment of their own client. Each student will be expected to select one or two clients to discuss in class. The case of Harold used in Part I may also be utilized during class discussions.

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 complex trauma and dissociative disorders. For Part II of the course, students should have completed Part I (or the equivalent), and have at least one client with a dissociative disorder in treatment.

This course content is at the beginning/intermediate level.

Required Textbooks

  1. Howell, EF (2011) Understanding and treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach.NY: NY Routledge.
  2. Chefetz, RA (2015) Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real. NY, NY: Norton
  3. Boon, S, Steele, K & van der Hart, O (2011) Coping with trauma-related dissociation: Skills training for patients and therapists. NY: NY, Norton.

For full course syllabus and references, click here.

Course Format

Sixteen 2.5 hour sessions completed over a period of eight months.

Course Completion Requirements

Course completion requires attendance, participation in sessions, and completion of session and overall evaluations. APA continuing education credits will only be awarded for live attendence for 50 minutes out of every hour of training. 

To receive ASWB ACE credit, participants must participate and attend live the full time of all course sessions and complete session and overall evaluations. Please note that time spent completing required readings is not eligible for ACE credit.

For in-person courses participants are required to sign in and out of each session.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits

Continuing Education: Fees for in-person and teleseminar courses include continuing education (CE) credits. Continuing education credits are available for all teleseminar courses as well as US and Canada-based in-person courses. This course has been approved for 40 CE credits.

ASWB ACE
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 40 continuing education credits.


CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event for the following approvals.

American Psychological Association (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.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
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.

New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
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

New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
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.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 15 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least four out of six sessions to receive credit.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 20 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least six out of eight sessions to receive credit.

Upcoming Course Offerings

Additional courses coming soon!

Level III

Advanced Topics in Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders

Course Directors: Su Baker, MEd and Joan Turkus, MD


Participants must have taken both parts of The Complexities of Complex Trauma and From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders to enroll in this course.

Course Description

This course consists of nine modules – six required modules that make up the core of the course, and three elective modules chosen by the instructor. Each module is “free-standing” in that it encompasses an entire topic to be covered in a single class. The required modules will be presented in the first six classes, with the three electives left to the last three classes of the course. 

Required Modules

  • R1 – An Introduction to Complex Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Adolescents
  • R2 – Depersonalization and Derealization
  • R3 – Institutional Betrayal
  • R4 – Psychopharmacology and Medical Consequences of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders
  • R5 – Neurobiology of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders and Research Update
  • R6 – Shame and Moral Injury and Their Roles in Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders

Elective Modules

  • E1 – Addictions and Eating Disorders
  • E2 – Couples Therapy
  • E3 – EMDR
  • E4 – Clinical Hypnosis and Ego-State Therapy
  • E5 – Sexual Victimization of Boys and Men and Its Outcomes
  • E6 – Sensorimotor Therapy and Yoga
  • E7 – Suicidality and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

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 complex trauma related disorders. Students must have successfully completed From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders, Parts I and II to register for this course. Students who have completed the previous “Standard Course” before 2012 must have permission from the course instructor and one of the course directors.

The course content is at the advanced level.

Required Textbooks

There are no required textbooks. All materials will be provided at no cost via the online course portal. 

For full course syllabus and references, click here.

Course Format

Nine 2.5 hour sessions over a period of up to nine months.

Course Completion Requirements

Course completion requires attendance, participation in sessions, and completion of session and overall evaluations. APA continuing education credits will only be awarded for live attendence for 50 minutes out of every hour of training. 

To receive ASWB ACE credit, participants must participate and attend live the full time of all course sessions and complete session and overall evaluations. Please note that time spent completing required readings is not eligible for ACE credit.

For in-person courses participants are required to sign in and out of each session.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits

Continuing Education: Fees for in-person and teleseminar courses include continuing education (CE) credits. Continuing education credits are available for all teleseminar courses as well as US and Canada-based in-person courses. This course has been approved for 22.5 CE credits.

ASWB ACE
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 22.5 continuing education credits.


CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event for the following approvals.

American Psychological Association (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.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
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.

New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
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

New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
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.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 22.5 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least seven out of nine sessions to receive credit.

Upcoming Course Offerings

Level IV

Master Seminar: Complex Posttraumatic and Dissociative Disorders

Course Director: Joan Turkus, MD

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.

At the completionof this seminar, participants will have state-of-the-art knowledge to increase their diagnostic and treatment skills with clients who present with Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Disorders. The seminar is designed for the study of academic and clinical material at a Master Seminar’s level. This seminar will explore current concepts of trauma/countertrauma, resilience/counterresilience from psychodynamic and traumatology.  Next, the material will move to a discussion of the inherent paradoxes of surviving childhood trauma.  The final section will cover theory and individual and organization approaches to an understanding and treatment of Complex PTSD.  Overall, these readings and discussions will include in-depth understanding of current theoretical concepts of trauma and provide an integrative framework for working with trauma survivors.

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.)

This course content is at the advanced level.

Required Textbooks

  • Gartner, R.B. (Ed.) (2017) Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience: Insights from Psychoanalysts and Trauma Experts. Routledge, New York, NY.
  • Zucchetto, J., Jacobs, S., & Johnson L.V. (2020) Understanding The Paradox of Surviving Childhood Trauma:  Techniques and Tools for working with Suicidality and Dissociation. Routledge, New York, NY.
  • Benjamin, R., Haliburn, J., & King, S. (Eds.) (2019) Humanising Mental Health Care in Australia:  A Guide to trauma-informed Approaches. Routledge, New York, NY.

For full course syllabus and references click here.

Course Format

Once monthly 2 hour sessions for six months.

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits

Continuing Education: Fees for in-person and teleseminar courses include continuing education (CE) credits. Continuing education credits are available for all teleseminar courses as well as US and Canada-based in-person courses. This course has been approved for 12 CE credits.

ASWB ACE
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 12 continuing education credits.


CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event for the following approvals.

American Psychological Association (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.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
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.

New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
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

New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
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.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 15 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least four out of six sessions to receive credit.

ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation

Upcoming Course Offerings

Child & Adolescent Training Courses

Assessment and Treatment of Traumatized Children and Adolescents with Dissociative Symptoms and Disorders

Course Director: Frances Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT 

This course is currently being redesigned. Check back in early 2021 for more information!


Course Description

This course begins with a brief historical perspective of childhood dissociation, an explanation of the effect trauma can have on infant/child neurobiology, and an introduction to theories of dissociation. The course then covers dissociative warning signs, differential diagnosis, methods of assessment, assessment tools, dissociative pathology across the spectrum. Psycho-education about trauma and dissociation to children and parents that illuminates an understanding of child’s confusing behaviors will be explained. Family dynamics that contribute to dissociative pathology in children and ways to work effectively with the family while building positive attachment between child and parents will be highlighted. Creative techniques that promote internal awareness/communication between self-states, stabilization, emotional regulation, somatic awareness, and management of triggers will be described.  Special attention will be given to working with the varied societal systems (schools, social services, legal system) with which the family is involved. A variety of treatment modalities and innovative techniques will be presented for processing trauma safely and furthering integration of the dissociative child.  Extensive case studies and specific examples will be used throughout the course to enrich the leaning. Participants can present case studies from their own practices to enhance discussion. 

Participants finishing this course will have a comprehensive understanding of how to intervene with the traumatized child with dissociation to promote resolution of trauma, integration and healing.  

Intended Participants

Licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors) who are personally treating a child or adolescent with Complex PTSD, a significant trauma history, or dissociative symptoms; educators in human services.  

Required Textbooks

  1. Silberg, J. L. (2013). The child survivor: Healing developmental trauma and dissociation.  New York: Routledge.
  2. Waters, F. S. (2016). Healing the fractured child: Diagnosis and treatment of youth with dissociation. New York: Springer Publishing Company, LCC.

For full course bibliography, click here.

Course Format

For in-person and teleseminar courses: Once monthly 2.5 hour sessions for 9 months. 

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits

Continuing Education: This course has been approved for up to 24.5 CE credits (APA only) 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

No available courses at this time – please check back in 2021 for more couse offerings.

Cursos de Capacitación Profesional en Español

Programa de Entrenamiento Online en Trauma Complejo y Disociacion in Español

Aportar a los profesionales que tomen el entrenamiento una visión global de la problemática del trauma complejo en los pacientes adultos, su inicio en experiencias adversas en la infancia y el lugar central que la disociación traumática ocupa en la vida de los pacientes. Los profesionales podrán adquirir los conocimientos básicos necesarios para una correcta evaluación diagnóstica y una planificación del tratamiento, prestando especial atención al establecimiento de la relación terapéutica con seres humanos que fueron dañados en el contexto de sus relaciones interpersonales primarias.

Contenidos

  • Uso de instrumentos de rastreo de disociación y síntomas de trauma complejo (DES y SIDES-R) y de entrevistas diagnósticas (SCID-D)
  •  Neurobiología del trauma complejo
  • Relación entre trauma y disociación
  • La disociación somatoforme
  • El lugar del apego desorganizado en el desarrollo de la disociación: la escala de experiencias familiares en la infancia.
  • Diagnósticos diferenciales
  • El trabajo terapéutico en etapas
  • El desarrollo del autocuidado en pacientes con trauma complejo y disociación
  • Características especiales de la relación terapéutica con esta población
  • Trampas terapéuticas y obstáculos en el tratamiento

Modalidad de cursada

Este Programa está basado en lecturas guiadas de artículos de referencia traducidos y de libros sobre temas relacionados con el curso, pero con una eminente orientación práctica.
Cada participante preparará un caso clínico, evaluará un grupo de pacientes con los instrumentos específicos aportados, y desarrollará el plan de trabajo con un caso. Sobre los casos de los participantes, que se irán exponiendo a lo largo del curso, se irá aplicando la documentación teórica, de cara a aterrizar los conocimientos. Las tutoras llevarán un seguimiento de los participantes. El formato del curso combinará la adquisición de conocimientos teóricos con una supervisión grupal de los casos comentados. A los que se aproximen por primera vez al tema el curso puede proporcionarles una revisión guiada de la bibliografía y su aplicación práctica. A los que tienen ya experiencia en el campo, puede serles de más interés el intercambio clínico de casos, y el seguimiento y supervisión de los mismos a nivel longitudinal.

El Programa se desarrollará a lo largo de 14 clases con un receso de 2 meses y medio . Durante ese receso los alumnos trabajarán consignas específicas dictadas durante las clases terminado y podrán asimismo repasar y reforzar los contenidos aprendidos hasta el momento.

¿Debo conectarme en día y horario específico?

No. La realización de este Programa no requiere de conectarse en días y horarios específicos ya que cada clase tiene una duración aproximada de 15 días, período durante el cual el alumno podrá abordar la lectura del tema propuesto. Cada participante podrá organizar su participación a lo largo de estos meses según su preferencia y conveniencia. Los únicos periodos fijos de participación-discusión serán el inicial, intermedio y final, en el que se abrirán foros para aclarar dudas y consultar temas.

Profesoras

Anabel Gonzalez Vazquez (Co-directora del curso y tutora – España) es psiquiatra y psicoterapeuta, especializada en el campo de la traumatización grave. Miembro de la Sociedad Internacional para el Estudio del Trauma y la Disociación (ISSTD) y de la Sociedad Europea de Trauma y Disociación (ESTD). Terapeuta y supervisora EMDR, imparte regularmente en la Asociación EMDR España cursos sobre Trauma Complejo y Disociación. Autora de los libros “Trastornos Disociativos”, y “EMDR y Disociación. Un abordaje Progresivo” (en co-autoría con Dolores Mosquera) y de numerosas presentaciones y publicaciones específicas.

Sandra Baita (Co-directora del curso y tutora – Argentina) es Psicóloga clínica egresada de la Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires. Miembro del Comité de Niños y Adolescentes de la International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Ex Directora Internacional de la misma organización (2008-2009). Terapeuta y Supervisora Certificada EMDR. Autora del libro “Rompecabezas. Una guía introductoria al trauma y la disociación en la infancia” y “Abuso Sexual Infantil. Cuestiones fundamentales para su tratamiento en la Justicia” (en co-autoría con Paula Moreno). Imparte docencia sobre este campo regularmente en Argentina y otros países de Latinoamérica.

Paula Moreno (tutora – Argentina). Es psicóloga, terapeuta familiar, terapeuta y supervisora certificada EMDR. Pertenece al equipo del Programa de Asistencia al Maltrato Infantil de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires y trabaja en consulta privada. Es miembro de la ISPCAN (International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect), de la Sociedad Argentina de Psicotrauma (SAPSI) y de la ISSTD (Sociedad Internacional para el estudio del trauma y la disociación). Co-autora junto a Sandra Baita del libro “Abuso Sexual Infantil. Cuestiones fundamentales para su tratamiento en la Justicia”. Imparte docencia regular sobre traumatización grave en la infancia. Ha presentado diversos trabajos sobre este campo en conferencias nacionales e internacionales.

Trauma Complejo y Disociacion en Niños y Adolescentes Evaluacion y Principios de Tratamiento

Descripción

Este curso está dirigido a psicólogos y psiquiatras y ha sido diseñado en base a los contenidos del Curso sobre Evaluación y Tratamiento de Niños y Adolescentes traumatizados con síntomas y desórdenes disociativos, impartido por líderes del campo del trauma y la disociación infantil en idioma inglés a través de nuestra organización profesional. La adaptación de la currícula está pensada en base a las necesidades de los profesionales de habla hispana de Latinoamérica y España y de aquellos que trabajen con población hispanoparlante en otros países del mundo.

El objetivo principal es el de proveer de conocimiento actualizado sobre trauma del desarrollo y disociación en niños y adolescentes, haciendo especial hincapié en el reconocimiento, detección, evaluación y principios generales del tratamiento.

Este curso se desarrolla a lo largo de siete clases entre los meses de marzo y noviembre, con un período de vacaciones. Las clases intercalan períodos de lectura específica de los temas, y períodos de discusión sobre la base de preguntas, presentación de viñetas y casos clínicos aportados por las profesoras y por los alumnos, apelando a la integración de la teoría y la clínica basadas en la experiencia del propio profesional.

Contenidos

  • Trauma del desarrollo y disociación en niños y adolescentes.
  • Efectos del trauma interpersonal temprano en el desarrollo.
  • El apego desorganizado y su relación con la disociación.  
  • Principios fundamentales del diagnóstico.
  • La evaluación clínica de síntomas disociativos.
  • Evaluando la existencia de partes disociativas.
  • Principios generales del tratamiento.

Desarrollo

Una vez completada la inscripción los participantes recibirán el cronograma de lecturas y períodos de discusión, junto con el material de lectura en idioma español. Los participantes por su lado deberán adquirir el libro “El niño superviviente. Curar el trauma del desarrollo y la disociación” de Joyanna Silberg, Editorial Desclée de Brower, que está disponible en amazon.es y en Bookdepository.com. Se otorga un período de 12 días promedio para las lecturas, tras lo cual se abre un período de igual duración para la discusión, que se realiza en una plataforma virtual a partir de preguntas diseñadas por las profesoras, relacionadas con el tema de cada clase. No es necesario conectarse en horarios específicos, lo cual otorga a los participantes la libertad de poder entrar y salir de la plataforma, recorrer los contenidos y los aportes a las discusiones y hacer los propios aportes de acuerdo con sus propias posibilidades horarias. Al finalizar el curso se entregará un certificado a todos aquellos que hayan completado los requisitos de evaluación, siendo el principal requisito la participación en todas las clases a través de los propios aportes. 

Profesoras

Sandra Baita es psicóloga clínica egresada de la Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina, y terapeuta y supervisora certificada EMDR. Es miembro del Comité de Niños y Adolescentes de la ISSTD y Directora Internacional para los cursos del Psychotherapy Training Program de dicha organización profesional. Ha impartido formación sobre la temática en Latinoamérica, Estados Unidos y Europa. Es autora de libros, capítulos y artículos en diversas publicaciones de su país e internacionales. Vive y trabaja en la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Contacto: sbaita68@gmail.com

Paula Moreno es psicóloga clínica egresada de la Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina, terapeuta familiar, terapeuta y supervisora certificada y facilitadora EMDR, y terapeuta formada en Mindfulness. Desde el año 1993 es miembro del Equipo Profesional del Programa de Asistencia del Maltrato Infantil del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, donde se desempeña en la atención psicoterapéutica de niños y adolescentes víctimas de malos tratos, explotación sexual y trata de personas, y niños y familias en procesos de adopción. Imparte formación sobre la temática de manera regular en su país y en el Uruguay. Trabaja en la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
Contacto: pmoreno2702@gmail.com

Andrea Calleja es psicóloga clínica egresada de la Universidad de Belgrano y Consejero en Minoridad, con formación en Terapia Sistémica, trauma y disociación, Mindfulness y EMDR. Se desempeñó como Miembro del Equipo Interdisciplinario de la Defensoría del Niño del Colegio de Abogados de San Isidro (Buenos Aires, Argentina), y como Psicóloga Institucional de los Hogares para Niños y Adolescentes de la Fundación Santa Rafaela María (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Fue Coordinadora de la Comisión de Violencia Familiar y Miembro de la Comisión de Abuso Sexual Infantil del Colegio de Psicólogos de San Isidro. Desde el año 2013 supervisa el equipo de Salud Mental del Hospital de Niños de San Isidro. Trabaja en la práctica privada en la Provincia de Buenos Aires.

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