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Creative & Playful Pathways to Treat Acute, Complex & Attachment Trauma: A Certified Child & Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course

Many therapists like you have tried strategy after strategy when working with the underlying causes of childhood trauma…

…you support your young clients through flashbacks that come without warning, shame loops, hopelessness, bodily pain and resistance – yet you can’t seem to alleviate the root cause of their trauma.

Working with kids with acute or complex trauma has no linear roadmap, so choosing the right path to treatment based on your client’s needs is crucial for real change.

Watch Dana Wyss PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, who has over 25 years in trauma work in this Certification Course in Trauma and Attachment Treatment for Children and Adolescents. Dana will provide you creative and evidence-informed interventions and a new way to work with kids suffering from acute to complex developmental trauma.

In this certification you’ll learn:

  • To identify trauma’s internal impact and brain functions related to survival instincts
  • Techniques and group discussion to identify and respond to fight, flight, freeze as well as fear, frustration, manipulation, and intimidation
  • To help kids identify safe people and relationships, even when their trust gauge is broken
  • Strategies to help yourself and your young client before, during, and after moments of crisis through sensory-based and expressive activities to maintain healthy orienting systems
  • Pros and Cons of picking the right evidence-based practice for you and your young client
  • Tangible and expressive activities to go deeper into your trauma work with children and adolescents

Best of all, upon completion of this training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP) through Evergreen Certifications.

Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CATP for details.

Purchase today, get the proven tools and techniques needed to end the suffering of your clients and move them from surviving to thriving!


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

*Attendees will receive documentation of CATP designation from Evergreen Certifications upon completing consultation.

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

Program Information


  1. Create a plan to center yourself before, during, and after trauma related sessions 100% of the time.  
  2. Identify 3 creative ways to assess treatment needs and offer psychoeducation to your clients, parents, and colleagues.  
  3. Understand the 4 attachment styles and name at least 4 ways they are impacted by trauma experiences in childhood and adolescents.  
  4. Identify one way to support safe caregiving systems for trauma-impacted youth. 
  5. Identify at least 2 activities that can be used to support regulation. 
  6. Define acute, chronic, complex, and vicarious trauma and identify at least 3 consequences of early complex trauma exposure. 
  7. Complete a safe space activity and identify 3 ways you could modify it to use with your clients.  
  8. Use trauma informed problem solving to create a gains and loss list to problem solve at least one evidence based/informed practice is right for your practice.  
  9. Utilize bibliotherapy and expressive arts to teach children, adolescents, and families the concepts of attunement, healthy connection, and regulation.  
  10. Chose at least 3 ways to integrate art and games into individual and family therapy to increase the strength of attachment and healthy regulation in children, adolescents, and families. 
  11. Learn how to navigate the dance of building resources, putting on the brakes, and doing deeper trauma work.  
  12. Describe at least one way to support a youth in moving from surviving to thriving and integrating their trauma experience into their sense of self.


Prepare for Trauma Work – Foundational Considerations

  • The importance of engagement for self and clients
    • What you do before, during, and after
  • Psychoeducation-creative ways to educate youth and families
  • Collaborative assessment of client’s needs

Attachment Considerations (Theory)

  • Timeline progression – From Bowlby to today
  • Attachment styles
  • Trauma’s impact on attachment and ability to heal

Regulation and Co-Regulation - Modeling/Teaching/Experiencing

  • Power differential – being in the space together
  • Window of tolerance
  • Arrow of comfort
  • Stations of modulation- Creating a modulation tool kit

History of Trauma Timeline

  • Evolution of the language and understanding (of trauma)

Interactive Teach Back

  • Current definitions of trauma
  • Traumatic events

Symptoms & Outcomes

  • Physiological
  • Relational
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional

Best Practices for Assessment – Consideration for Referral and Diagnosis

  • Evidenced-based assessment tools - can or cannot use
  • Intake considerations – ask right questions
  • ACE and developmental trauma
  • Diagnosing with DSM™

Creating and Assessing Safety – Interactive with Scope of Practice

  • What is safety
  • Create your own safe space activity
  • Building routines in session - families, school, and milieu systems
  • Identify safe people and relationships

Comparing Evidence-Based/ Informed Treatments for High Level Trauma

  • EMDR
  • Neurosequential
  • Brainspotting
  • DBT
  • ARC
  • TF-CBT
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Somatic therapy
  • Play therapy

Expressive Arts and Treatment (Need for non-verbal components within scope of practice)

  • Relaxation
  • Writing and journaling
  • Poetry
  • Visual art
  • Rhythmic movement
  • Use of metaphor

Moving from Surviving to Thriving

  • Activity
  • Case conceptualization - integration of trauma narrative – story, timeline, poem
  • Closure group activity


  • Sample questionnaires
  • Activities

Risks and Limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 10/04/2023

2-Day Family Trauma Treatment Certification Training: Clinical Interventions That Move Children, Teens and Their Families Toward Hope and Change

When children and adolescents are exposed to trauma it affects everyone in the family.

And without addressing the entire family system in treatment, the progress you make in sessions can quickly evaporate when kids and teens leave your office and return to the dysfunctional and negative patterns of their home life.

Now with this new comprehensive 2-day certification training you can go beyond individual therapy and get an accessible roadmap for integrating the entire family into trauma treatment for results that last.

Full of ready to use tools, specific clinical interventions and expert practice tips, you’ll finish this training feeling ready and capable to empower families to work together and heal!

When you register you’ll get everything you need to:

  • Skillfully get parents and caregivers on board with being part of treatment
  • Establish the physical and emotional safety necessary for effective therapy
  • Make and maintain progress by teaching caregivers to respond to trauma driven behaviors
  • Overcome the defenses, deflections and frustrations that can keep families from healing growth
  • Help families improve communication, set healthy boundaries and rebuild trust
  • And much more!

Best of all, you can add a valuable certification to your resume and become a Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) through Evergreen Certifications upon completion of this training at no additional cost to you!

Don’t miss this chance to bring greater healing and lasting positive change to your young clients without the frustrations of lost progress when they head home.

Purchase today!


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $149 value)*!
  • Simply complete this seminar and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Family Trauma Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CFTP designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.

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

Program Information


  1. Investigate Bowen’s conceptualization of chronic stress and its effects on the individual and family unit.
  2. Analyze the clinical implications of caregivers’ responses to trauma driven behaviors children and adolescents.
  3. Investigate how common systemic models of family-based treatment can be utilized in a clinical setting.
  4. Assess for domestic violence and other risks in at risk families.
  5. Use family sculpting techniques in session to reveal dysfunctional family dynamics that can inform treatment approach.
  6. Develop a trauma treatment plan from a family and relational systems perspective.
  7. Apply safety planning to stabilize families for treatment.
  8. Employ strategies with caregivers, kids and adolescents to improve engagement in treatment plans.
  9. Utilize psychoeducation techniques to teach caregivers to depersonalize trauma driven behaviors.
  10. Employ in-session psychoeducation approaches to help clients become aware of problematic behaviors.
  11. Use evidence-based strategies in trauma treatment to help families enhance self-regulation.
  12. Utilize clinical techniques to help families set and reinforce healthy boundaries.
  13. Employ specific therapeutic tools in sessions to facilitate forgiveness of self and others in the family system.


How Trauma is Created and Maintained in Families

  • Neurological substrates and sources of trauma
  • Trauma as a disruption of trust
  • Personal innate resiliency
  • Impacts on family culture
  • Responses of the people around the person experiencing the trauma
  • Maintenance of trauma effects (re-traumatization, dismissive of actual trauma, ignorance)
A Systemic Approach in Trauma Treatment:
How Treating Families Instead of Individuals Improves Outcomes
  • Families as the source of healing for trauma
  • Create secure connections and increase resiliency
  • Build trust as it relates to anxiety, fear, threat
  • Bowenian Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and other systemic models
  • Research, risks and treatment limitations
Stabilize Families for Treatment with Safety Planning:
A Clinician’s Guide to Establishing Physical and Emotional Safety
  • Risk Assessments
  • Systemic Safety Planning
  • How to customize the safety plan
  • Managing physiological responses
  • Integrating with treatment
Early Session Strategies to Enhance Family Engagement
  • When it’s a bad idea to include the whole family
  • Assessing for DV and other risks
  • Use family sculpting to reveal family dynamics
  • Working individually in order to work systemically
  • Games and activities to:
    • Assess a child’s self-esteem and world view
    • Increase open communication
    • Identify themes to be explored in future sessions
Family System Self-Regulation:
Coping Skills to Modulate Emotions and Trauma Responses
  • Implementation
  • How to notice warning signs early
  • Using coping skills for calm
  • Identifying primary emotions
The Key to Making and Maintaining Progress:
Teach Caregivers to Depersonalize and Better Respond to Trauma Driven Behaviors
  • Identifying reactions
  • Scripts
  • Case studies
  • Role-plays to ensure proper implementation
Solutions for Defenses, Deflections and Frustrations:
Effective Strategies and Interventions to Overcome Resistance and Help Families Grow
  • Preparing families for resistance to growth
  • Tips for reframing the problem as the solution
  • Effective ways to deal with deflection and defenses
  • The difference between deflection, projection, and transference
  • Ego defense mechanisms or personality disorder?
  • FAIR intervention to mitigate frustration
  • Three phases of family growth (Protect, Prepare, Participate)
The Trust and Connection Toolkit:
How to Improve Communication, Set Healthy Boundaries and Rebuild Trust
  • Practical tips for educating families on boundaries
  • The House Metaphor for understanding boundaries
  • Reinforcing boundaries after setting them
  • Boundaries vs rules – the benefits of agreements vs. control
  • Rebuilding trust – what works and what doesn’t
  • Trust Equation – an online assessment
Shame, Guilt and Judgement in Family Trauma Treatment:
Exercises to Facilitate Forgiveness, Build Empathy and Move Families Forward
  • Addressing shame in family systems
  • Overcome the impact of survivors’ guilt on families
  • How family members can stop “shoulding” themselves
  • The Forgiveness Triangle (Empathy, Grief, Meaning)
  • Exercises to facilitate the forgiveness of self

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields

Copyright : 01/20/2022

Playful Parts: The Intersection of Play Therapy and Internal Family Systems

While navigating the world children are exposed to experiences such as abuse, neglect, racial trauma, mass shootings, health pandemics, and natural disasters. 

With a lack of emotional literacy, emotional awareness, and coping skills children run the risk of not fully being able to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and needs.  This causes their traumatic experiences to have a greater impact on their internal system and causes parts to hold pain, shame, fear, and trauma.  

Imagine having the skills to address the impact of a child’s traumatic experiences, by increasing emotional awareness and decreasing reactive behaviors. 

With the combination of the non-phase treatment approach of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, and Play Therapy, children will now have the opportunity to learn the various parts that make them who they are, express the feelings and beliefs of their parts, gain knowledge that others have parts as well - in a creative way.   

Carmen will teach us the therapeutic powers of play to facilitate communication, foster emotional wellness, enhance social relationships and increase personal strengths utilizing the steps of the Internal Family Systems therapy. 

This product is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify for IFS Institute credits or certification. 

Program Information


  1. Determine the core concepts of the Internal Family System model and Therapeutic Powers of Play Therapy.
  2. Assess the challenges with children and families in relation to Internal Family Systems work within the Play Therapy setting.
  3. Develop the knowledge of a child’s protective system to decrease reactive behaviors.
  4. Apply the Internal Family System model to demonstrate Play Therapy and Expressive Art interventions within the therapeutic setting.


The Therapeutic Power of Play Meets Internal Family Systems (IFS) 

  • Why the IFS model lends itself seamlessly to play therapy 
  • How the core components of play therapy correlate with the 8 C’s of Self-leadership 
  • The benefits of merging IFS with play: emotional literacy, communication, social relationships, and more 

Integrating IFS and Play Therapy  

  • Creative mapping to teach children about their internal world: self, protectors, and exiles 
  • Exploring parts with external representation in play 
  • Differentiating between managers and firefighters 
  • The 6 F’s of IFS: find, focus on, flesh out, feel toward, become friends with, and find the fear of the part 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel

Copyright : 08/05/2021