Full Course Description
New Developments in the Treatment of PTSD, Complex PTSD and Co-Occurring Disorders: Ways to Bolster Resilience
- Evaluate the nature and neurobiology of resilience as well as related treatment implications.
- Employ a Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors that informs assessment and treatment planning.
- Conduct evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions with a variety of mental health issues and disorders, including complicated grief, Borderline Personality Disorder, suicidal behavior, substance abuse disorders and traumatic brain injury.
- Integrate the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy into your clinical practice, including development of the therapeutic alliance and collaborative goal setting.
- Teach clients intra- and interpersonal coping skills in order to reduce symptoms of PTSD and related mental health disorders.
- Implement strategies to increase client resilience in six domains (physical, interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual) to decrease symptomology and improve level of functioning.
THE NATURE AND IMPACT OF TRAUMA EXPOSURE: THE “UNTOLD STORY” OF RESILIENCE
- Controversies in the field of PTSD and Complex PTSD: “State of the Art”
- What distinguishes the 75% of individuals who evidence resilience VERSUS the 25% who develop persistent PTSD and related co-occurring disorders and adjustment difficulties
- The nature and neurobiology of resilience: Implications for assessment and treatment
- Constructive Narrative Treatment Perspective: How to help clients develop “healing stories” and accompanying coping strategies
- What resilient individuals DO and do NOT do
- A Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors that informs treatment decision-making
SPECIFIC EVIDENCE-BASED INTEGRATED TREATMENT APPROACHES FOR CLIENTS WITH COMORBID DISORDERS
HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE CORE TASKS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
- Develop, maintain and monitor a therapeutic alliance
- Treatment-informed feedback
- Collaborative goal setting using Motivational Interviewing to nurture hope and positive emotions
- Psycho-education using a CLOCK metaphor
- Teach intra- and interpersonal coping skills: Intervention guidelines on ways to increase the likelihood of treatment generalization
- Bolster the client’s resilience in six domains: physical, interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual
- Integrate spirituality and psychotherapy
- Address the needs of health care providers: Ways to bolster “vicarious resilience”
PRESENTATION OF A CLINICAL TOOL BOX TO BE USED IN YOUR PRACTICE
Spirituality and Psychotherapy: Integrating Your Clients Beliefs into Your Clinical Practice
- Discuss the evidence and functions of religious and spiritual coping activities
- Systematically assess your clients’ spiritual and religious coping activities
- The use of spirituality from a Constructive Narrative Perspective
- Implement various evidence-based spiritually-oriented treatment approaches
- Caveats concerning religious and spiritually-oriented treatment
- Put it all together: Use of Therapist and Client Checklists
- Critique both the benefits and limitations of spiritually and religiously-based interventions
- Assess the client's use of spiritual and religious forms of coping
- Implement specific spiritual interventions and psychotherapeutic approaches