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2-Day Trauma Treatment Certification Training: Safe and Stable Trauma Processing and Resolution with CPT, PE, EMDR and IFS

Get the therapist’s toolkit you need to optimize your work with clients facing their traumatic pasts.

Watch trauma expert Daphne Fatter, PhD, who has almost 20 years of experience providing trauma treatment and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology under the direct supervision of world-renowned trauma expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk.

Certified in EMDR, IFS and trained in CPT, Dr. Fatter will provide you with a guide on how you can better attune to trauma clients, elicit more stability prior to deeper work, and utilize an evidence-based Three Phase Model to help you create appropriate treatment plans to meet your clients' unique needs.

Dr. Fatter’s training will give you a roadmap to providing quality trauma treatment based on today’s most in-demand treatment modalities so you can:

  • Identify which candidates are ready for trauma processing
  • Best support clients during triggering moments
  • Access critical traumatic content during trauma processing
  • Appropriately work with culturally relevant factors
  • Discover the nuances of EMDR, CPT, IFS, and PE through case examples
  • Choose the right trauma processing model for your clients
  • Help clients regulate arousal and stabilize by integrating adjunctive interventions
  • Identify indicators of progress in effective trauma treatment

PLUS, when you complete this training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through Evergreen Certifications at no additional cost.

Don’t miss this chance to get the expert guidance and interventions you need to make your trauma treatment toolbox more robust than ever before.

Register now!


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99 value)*!
  • Simply complete this course and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CCTP certification from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following completion of the program.

*Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CCTP for professional requirements.

Program Information


  1. Assess clients for indicators of unprocessed traumatic memories.  
  2. Utilize CAPS-5, PCL-5 and other appropriate clinical evidence-based assessments to identify traumatic events and PTSD diagnosis. 
  3. Assess clients for racial trauma and/or stress from discrimination. 
  4. Differentiate between hyper-arousal and hypo arousal signals in clients. 
  5. Employ an evidence-based Three Phase Model in trauma treatment that begins with establishing safety.  
  6. Analyze how therapeutic presence facilitates positive therapeutic relationships and effective therapy through the lens of Polyvagal Theory. 
  7. Determine how clinicians can utilize adjunctive interventions like yoga to help clients regulate arousal and stabilize.  
  8. Employ breathing and somatic interventions clients can use when they are in acute distress. 
  9. Apply culturally relevant information to treatment plans and to build working alliance with clients before trauma processing.  
  10. Assess clients to determine which are good candidates for trauma processing. 
  11. Analyze factors to consider in choosing the appropriate trauma processing model for a client.  
  12. Integrate effective adaptions when working with bi-lingual clients or neurodiverse clients. 
  13. Evaluate signs that clients are making progress during trauma processing. 
  14. Differentiate the benefits and potential drawbacks of EMDR, CPT, IFS and PE to establish which might best fit a particular client’s needs.  
  15. Determine what to include in your clinical documentation when working with PTSD.


How the Neuroscience of Traumatic Stress Informs Your Treatment Plan

  • Impact on Brain Stem, Limbic System, & Pre-Frontal Cortex
  • How Trauma Impacts Information Processing
  • Indicators that a Client has Unprocessed Trauma
  • How Understanding the Neurobiology Informs Treatment Plans

Trauma Assessment Tools

  • Trauma Symptomology
  • Simple vs. Complex Trauma
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • CAPS-5 and PCL-5
  • Screening for Racial Trauma and Stress Due to Discrimination
  • Dual Diagnosis & Differential Diagnosis

Creating Treatment Plans Focused on Arousal Regulation

  • PTSD & the Nervous System
  • Reading Your Client’s Signals
  • Signs Your Client is in Hyperarousal
  • Signs Your Client is in Hypoarousal
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Emotional Attunement in Therapeutic Relationship

Employing the Phase-Oriented Treatment Model: A Roadmap to Safe and Effective Trauma Processing and Resolution

  • Benefits, Risks, Limitations
  • Phase One: Stabilization
  • Phase Two: Trauma Processing & Grieving
  • Phase Three: Present Day Life
  • What to Include in your Clinical Documentation

Adjunctive Interventions: 4 Proven Tools to Reduce Symptomology, Enhance Calm, and Improve Functioning

  • Arousal Regulation & Coping Skills
  • Yoga
  • Safe & Sound Protocol
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Neurofeedback
  • How to Integrate These into Your Practice
  • Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

Navigating Acute Distress for State Change In and Out of Session

  • Bi-lateral Stimulation & Resource Tapping
  • Relational Resources & Integrating Culturally-Based Strengths
  • Breathing & Somatic Interventions
  • Emotion-Freedom Technique
  • Sensory Resources
  • Self-Compassion and Mindfulness
  • Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

Trauma Processing: Accessing Trauma Memory Networks, Managing Triggers, and More

  • What It Is and What It Isn’t
  • Accessing Traumatic Memory Networks
  • What Happens When a Client is Triggered
  • Engaging the Right & Left-Brain Hemisphere

Is Your Client Ready? Contraindications for Trauma Processing

  • Common Contraindications for Trauma Processing
  • Understanding Factors that Contribute to Early Termination
  • Informed Consent
  • How to Communicate Realistic Expectations
  • Things to Ask out Before Beginning
  • Including Partners & Family in Trauma Treatment

Cultural & Relational Factors in Trauma Treatment

  • Cultural Humility & Cultural Attunement
  • Systemic & Oppression-based Traumas
  • Social Location & Creating Working Alliance
  • Language Code Switching
  • Treatment Plan Considerations

Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy: 2 of the Best-Validated Top-Down Models for Trauma Resolution

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Case Conceptualization & Case Examples
  • Treatment Goals & Roadmaps
  • Therapist’s Role
  • Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

EMDR and IFS: Evidenced-Based Bottom-Up Models to Heal Trauma

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Memory Reconsolidation
  • Case Conceptualization & Case Examples
  • Treatment Goals & Roadmaps
  • Therapist’s Role
  • Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

Choosing the Right Trauma Processing Model for Your Client

  • Treatment Considerations
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Indicators of Effectiveness & Progress
  • When Is Trauma Processing is Complete

Specific Considerations & Future Directions in Trauma Treatment

  • Nuances with Neurodiverse Populations
  • Considerations with Traumatic Loss
  • When is Group Therapy Appropriate
  • Future Directions & Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy
  • Free Phone Apps and Resources for Clients

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 07/27/2023

Complex Trauma Certification Training: A Strength-Based Approach for Treating Complex PTSD

Many clinicians are trained in the treatment of single traumatic events, but are not fully equipment to treat Complex PTSD. The traditional approaches to the treatment of PTSD can fall short when working with clients with Complex PTSD. Watch this workshop to learn how you can adapt your therapeutic approach to help clients diagnosed with Complex PTSD achieve more successful outcomes.

The most common question asked when treating Complex PTSD is, “where do I start?”. In this training, you will develop confidence in your ability to successfully organize and prioritize your client’s treatment goals. You will learn how to compassionately and effectively work with clients who have experienced multiple traumatic events and prolonged trauma exposure.

Successful treatment requires a compassionate therapeutic relationship and effective, research-based interventions. After this training you will learn how to:

  • Help clients move out of crisis by building stabilizing resources
  • Prepare clients to work through traumatic memories without becoming overwhelmed
  • Develop an integrative trauma treatment plan that includes CBT, DBT, EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Parts Work Therapy, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Watch Dr. Arielle Schwartz, trauma expert, trainer and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook, in this engaging and interactive seminar to learn valuable strategies that will allow you to successfully address the dysregulated affect and arousal states that accompany Complex PTSD. You will leave this seminar with practical tools that facilitate a strength-based approach to trauma recovery and increased resilience in clients.

Program Information


  1. Distinguish key contributing factors to the development of Complex PTSD as it relates to client case conceptualization. 
  2. Analyze the impact of Complex PTSD on the cognitive, emotional, and physical health of the client.
  3. Determine how to assess clients for Complex PTSD symptoms within other diagnoses, including personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and dissociative disorders.
  4. Incorporate into clinical treatment practical mind-body therapy tools to help clients feel resourced and prepared for trauma processing.
  5. Articulate the six stages of trauma responses within the neurobiology of Complex PTSD as it relates to clinical treatment.
  6. Utilize assessment tools to properly assess for Complex PTSD to better inform treatment planning.
  7. Analyze implicit memory foundations of preverbal and nonverbal memories.
  8. Breakdown how mutual regulation within the therapeutic relationship teaches clients self-regulation strategies that help them develop new interpersonal strengths that help with the treatment process.
  9. Analyze parts work from Structural Dissociation, Internal Family Systems, and Gestalt perspectives.
  10. Evaluate the basic principles of a unified approach to somatic psychology.
  11. Implement mindfulness-based techniques into trauma treatment.
  12. Integrate interventions for the treatment of Complex PTSD drawn from CBT, DBT, EMDR Therapy, Parts Work Therapy, Somatic Psychology, and mind-body therapies.
  13. Determine how the neuroscience of interpersonal neurobiology provides insight into the psychobiological changes possible within trauma treatment. 
  14. Analyze how working within the “Window of Tolerance” can help reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization.
  15. Assess how “top-down” and “bottom-up” interventions can speed up or slow down the pacing of trauma treatment.
  16. Differentiate past experience from present moment experience as it relates to the treatment of trauma.
  17. Employ resilience as a strength-based approach that fosters growth and integration of a positive sense of self-identity in clients.
  18. Evaluate the role of neuroplasticity in treating trauma.
  19. Determine resilience and protective factors to aid against the development of PTSD.
  20. Demonstrate effective strategies for working with clients' preverbal memories.
  21. Utilize relational interventions for shame.
  22. Utilize EFT, Havening Technique, and other “neuromodulation” strategies for trauma recovery.
  23. Apply techniques of focusing and resourcing to prepare clients for trauma reprocessing.
  24. Analyze somatic cues to determine level of internal trauma processing. 
  25. Employ coregulation to reduce level of client distress.
  26. Adapt standard trauma therapy to the increased demands of complex PTSD.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder vs. Complex PTSD: Understand the Difference

  • Acute traumatic stress, PTSD, Complex PTSD
  • Diagnostic clarification, differential diagnosis and co-morbidities
  • Key contributing factors of Complex PTSD
  • The common symptoms of Complex PTSD

The Neurobiology of PTSD: Beyond Fight and Flight

  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Stages of trauma response
  • Trauma specific psychopharmacology
  • Heart Rate Variability and the Social Nervous System
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Psychobiological regulation
  • Rupture and repair
  • Implications of childhood neglect or abuse
  • Neuroplasticity and Complex PTSD

Psychological and Physiological Repercussions of Complex PTSD: A Deeper Understanding for Accurate Assessment

  • Intrusive symptoms and anxiety
  • Emotional dysregulation: Outbursts of anger and debilitating shame
  • Avoidance symptoms and phobic reactions to traumatic material
  • Interpersonal problems and difficulty being close to others
  • Dissociation and dysregulation
  • Cognitive distortions and compromised meaning making
  • Physical health problems, ACE factors and painful somatization
  • Preverbal and nonverbal memories
  • Disturbing somatic sensations
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Learned helplessness and shame

Therapeutic Interventions for Complex PTSD: Summary of Effective Therapies

  • Psychodynamic and Relational Therapy
  • Psychobiological perspectives: Polyvagal Theory
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Somatic Psychology
  • Parts Work Therapy: Work with Ego States
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM):
    mindfulness, yoga, and integrative healthcare

Integrative Treatment for Complex PTSD: Putting it All Together for an Effective Treatment Plan

  • A Biopsychosocial Approach: Partner with clients to build a health care team
  • Goal of treatment: Memory retrieval vs. trauma recovery
  • History taking: Identify chronic, repeated, and/or developmental trauma events
  • Cultural factors and Complex PTSD
  • Recognize attachment injuries
  • Identify parts, ego states and defenses
  • Assess for dissociation (“fragmentation”)
  • Clinical Vignette #1
  • Mutual regulation and relational repair in therapy
  • Prepare for trauma processing: Develop resources and stability
  • Working with parts of self
  • Work through traumatic memories: EMDR and Somatic Psychology
  • Clinical Vignette #2
  • Grief work in Complex PTSD
  • Integrate and Instill positive change

Experiential Interventions: Mind-Body Practices for Clients with Complex PTSD

  • Conscious breathing for self-regulation
  • Grounding and sensory awareness
  • Containment: Reclaim choice and control
  • Build imaginal allies
  • Cultivate mindfulness, acceptance, and self-compassion
  • Somatic interventions: Titration, sequencing, and somatic re-patterning
  • Bilateral stimulation and dual attention in EMDR Therapy
  • Potential risks and limitations of mind-body therapies

Special Considerations in Complex Trauma Treatment

  • Working with Preverbal and Nonverbal Memories
  • Working with transgenerational trauma
  • Somatization, Chronic Pain and illness
  • Gate Control Theory
  • Mindfulness, Yoga, and Compassion Based Interventions
  • Clinical Vignette #3

Fostering Resilience: For Post-Traumatic Growth and Healing

  • Learn the 6 Pillars of Resilience
  • Trauma recovery and the bell curve
  • Resilience as a process and an outcome
  • Help clients move from learned helplessness to learned optimism
  • Post-Traumatic Growth: Help clients reach their potential

Vicarious Trauma: Improve Client Outcomes Through Effective Self-Care

  • Identify resources that improve your clinical skills
  • In-session self-care to improve focus on the client and therapeutic process
  • Burnout prevention techniques

Clinical Vignette – Wendy

  • 56 year old woman with Hx of Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, DDNOS and Borderline traits

Trauma history of neglect, grandmother suicide, father inappropriate sexually

  • Addressing internalized negative aspects of parents
  • Goals of therapy

Integrative Approach to Trauma Reprocessing

  • Focusing and resourcing
  • Touchstone target
  • Negative and positive cognitions
  • Emotions and body sensations

Deepening the work

  • Parts work, pendulating between distress and resource, and somatic interventions

Top down and bottom up

  • Cognitive reappraisal, somatic interventions, and parts work

Somatic repatterning and reprocessing

  • Parts work, cognitive reappraisal

Integration:  A path to self-regulation

  • Parts work, somatic integration, and cognitive reappraisal

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Case Managers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 11/30/2020

The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook

Traumatic life experiences can be devastating and they inevitably shape who you are. Such events can also become a powerful force that awakens you to an undercurrent of your own aliveness. Trauma recovery involves learning to trust in your capacity for new growth. In order to grow, we must make use of our suffering in order to find our happiness.

Within these pages, you will find an invitation to see yourself as the hero or heroine of your own life journey. A hero’s journey involves walking into the darkness on a quest for wholeness. This interactive format calls for journaling and self-reflection, with practices that guide you beyond the pain of your past and help you discover a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. Successful navigation of a hero’s journey provides opportunities to discover that you are more powerful than you had previously realized.

Written by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, bestselling author of The Complex PTSD Workbook, this healing guide provides a step-by-step approach to trauma recovery that integrates:

  • Mindfulness & yoga
  • Somatic psychology
  • EMDR therapy
  • Parts work therapy
  • Relational therapy

The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual

Clinicians working with complex trauma are honored with the most sacred of tasks: to bear witness to clients’ suffering and to attend compassionately to their wounds.

In The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual, clinicians will find the road map they need to conduct successful therapy with clients who have experienced prolonged exposure to traumatic events. Combining the science and art of therapy, Dr. Arielle Schwartz seamlessly integrates research-based interventions with the essentials of healing to create a whole-person approach to trauma treatment.

Drawing from her years of experience in working with trauma survivors, Dr. Schwartz provides clinicians with the tools they need to become a trustworthy companion to trauma survivors and become capable of guiding a healing journey for clients with a history of abuse or neglect. Within these pages, you will find:

  • Essential interventions that strengthen mindful body awareness, enhance distress tolerance, cultivate self-compassion, and facilitate trauma recovery
  • Over 50 practices, worksheets, and self-regulation points to utilize in each stage of the client’s therapeutic process
  • Integration of several therapeutic approaches for trauma treatment, including relational therapy, mindful body awareness, parts work therapy, CBT, EMDR, somatic psychology, and practices drawn from complementary and alternative medicine