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Digital Seminar

Complex Trauma Fundamentals: Over 50 Must-Have Skills and Interventions from EMDR, IFS Therapy, Somatic Approaches and More

Jennifer Sluga, LPC, SAC
Approx. 6 Hours
Jul 17, 2024
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When you treat clients with complex trauma there are so many intricacies. From diverse histories and ranges of responses to attachment issues, co-occurring disorders and dissociation, no two clients are exactly alike.

With so much complexity you can quicky find yourself in uncharted territory. But theory and overviews just aren’t enough, you need practical “do this” guidance to navigate this labyrinth.

I know. I used to have the same struggles. Now as trainer and consultant specializing in complex trauma, I help therapists like you overcome the challenges that can steal your confidence and stall your treatment plans.

And now, in this training I’ll provide you the keys to unlocking a new level of confidence and competency in this critical area of therapy.

When you watch me, you’ll get the solid foundation you need to work with complex trauma clients, ready to not just understand today’s most in-demand therapies like IFS therapy, EMDR, and somatic approaches but actually put strategies from them into practice with your clients right away.

I’ll provide you with detailed instruction, step-by-step guides, and case studies that will make it easy for you to:

  • Master the art of comprehensive trauma assessments
  • Discover IFS therapy tools to “unburden” clients from their wounded parts, emotions, and beliefs
  • Utilize meaning-making to help clients reshape their narratives toward healing
  • More intuitively engage the body in therapy for holistic treatment
  • Address attachment issues to help clients build healthier relationship
  • Insights and key considerations for working with co-morbidities
  • And more!

Don’t miss this chance to walk away with a set of actionable strategies you can immediately apply in your practice.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Jennifer Sluga, LPC, SAC's Profile

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Jennifer Sluga, LPC, SAC, is an EMDRIA consultant who owns Trauma Life Consulting, where she is a therapist, trainer, consultant specializing in complex trauma. For years, Jennifer has worked with survivors of trauma, helping them heal through therapy and support. Additionally, she dedicates time to training clinicians, community members and advocates on issues related to sexual violence and military trauma. This includes effective treatment practices, principles of trauma-informed survivor-centered care, the impact of trauma on survivors and systems, and social/cultural issues in sexual assault/military trauma treatment and advocacy. She is devoted to helping people to resolve old, unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaving that prevent them from reaching their full potential. As a result of this solution-focused approach, clients report feeling more empowered to make more mindful and positive decisions about the direction of their life.


Speakers Disclosures
Financial: Jennifer Sluga maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jennifer Sluga has no relevant non-financial relationships.



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  1. Utilize evidence-based assessments to identify traumatic events and make a trauma diagnosis.
  2. Identify how attachment style is impacted by complex trauma.
  3. Determine how to teach clients a simplified version of brain science to create an understanding of trauma symptoms.
  4. Evaluate how the power of choice is important in trauma treatment.
  5. Use five EMDR resourcing strategies to establish safety and resilience.
  6. Use parts work tools to interact and integrate wounded parts.


Complex Trauma Essentials: Brain Body Science Simplified

  • Recognize signs and symptoms
  • Understand triggers and avoid re-traumatization
  • Educate clients about trauma and its effects
  • Overview of the brain’s response to trauma
  • Somatic experience in trauma treatment
  • Use the window of tolerance therapeutically while teaching resourcing in session

Complex Trauma Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Conduct comprehensive trauma assessments
  • Differential diagnosis and co-occurring disorders
  • Collaborative treatment planning

Attachment and Relationship Repair in Trauma Recovery: The Foundation for Effective Treatment

  • Understand attachment styles in complex trauma
  • Address interpersonal challenges
  • How clients’ bodies have attachments to psychosomatic patterns
  • The attachment clients make to their trauma and impediments to therapy
  • Promote secure attachment and healing attachment wounds

Go-To Trauma Stabilization Techniques All Therapists Need

  • Grounding and self-regulation strategies
  • Mindfulness and relaxation exercises
  • Emotion regulation skills from DBT

Trauma Narrative and Processing: Top Skills and Strategies to Help Clients Make Sense of Their Trauma

  • Explore and validate the client’s trauma narrative
  • Manage dissociation and flashbacks
  • Cognitive restructuring and meaningmaking
  • Facilitate family or group narratives for healing

Integrate IFS Therapy, EMDR, and Somatic Techniques into Your Sessions

  • The power of choice and perspective as key themes in effective treatment
  • Use an IFS framework to identify protective and wounded parts related to trauma
  • How IFS therapy “unburdens” clients from their wounded parts, emotions and beliefs
  • 5 EMDR resourcing strategies to establish safety and resilience
  • Psychosomatic techniques to address the physical manifestations of trauma
  • Key considerations for working with grief, addiction, and other co-morbidities
  • Research, limitations and treatment risks
  • Indications and contraindications

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Others in caring professions

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