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. Attend 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 three-day 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)
Join 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.
Become A Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II (CCTP-II)!
Best of all, upon completion of this live training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II (CCTP-II)* through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of trauma counselling. Professional standards apply.
Arielle Schwartz, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II) and EMDR consultant with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is the co-author of EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (Schwartz & Malberger, 2018, W.W. Norton) and the author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole (Schwartz 2016, Althea Press).
Dr. Schwartz is an international presenter on EMDR therapy, somatic psychology, complex PTSD, attachment trauma, and the psychological treatment of chronic pain. She is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor offering therapeutic yoga for trauma recovery. Her integrative approach to therapy includes the synthesis of somatic psychology, EMDR therapy, structural integration theory, existential therapy, and Gestalt – all with a strong relational foundation of care.
Financial: Arielle Schwartz is in private practice. She is an author for W.W. Norton and receives royalties. Dr. Schwartz receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Arielle Schwartz is a member of American Psychological Association (APA); EMDR International Association (EMDRIA); and Colorado Association of Psychotherapists (CAP).
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Access Period for Live Webcast
For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.
Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.
Distinguish key contributing factors to the development of Complex PTSD as it relates to client case conceptualization.
Explore how Complex PTSD impacts the cognitive, emotional, and physical health of the client.
Determine how to assess clients for Complex PTSD symptoms within other diagnoses, including personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and dissociative disorders.
Incorporate into clinical treatment practical mind-body therapy tools to help clients feel resourced and prepared for trauma processing.
Articulate the six stages of trauma responses within the neurobiology of Complex PTSD as it relates to clinical treatment.
Utilize assessment tools to properly assess for Complex PTSD to better inform treatment planning.
Identify implicit memory foundations of preverbal and nonverbal memories
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.
Discuss parts work from Structural Dissociation, Internal Family Systems, and Gestalt perspectives
Describe the basic principles of a unified approach to somatic psychology
Implement mindfulness-based techniques into trauma treatment
Integrate interventions for the treatment of Complex PTSD drawn from CBT, DBT, EMDR Therapy, Parts Work Therapy, Somatic Psychology, and mind-body therapies.
Understand how the neuroscience of interpersonal neurobiology provides insight into the psychobiological changes possible within trauma treatment.
Recognize how working within the “Window of Tolerance” can help reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization.
Describe how “top-down” and “bottom-up” interventions can speed up or slow down the pacing of trauma treatment.
Differentiate past experience from present moment experience as it relates to the treatment of trauma.
Employ resilience as a strength-based approach that fosters growth and integration of a positive sense of self-identity in clients.
Identify self-care practices for therapists to help with self-care before, during, and after sessions when dealing with trauma to improve therapeutic alliance and prevent burnout.
Describe the role of neuroplasticity in healing trauma.
Identify resilience and protective factors against the development of PTSD.
Learn effective strategies to help you work with client’s preverbal memories
Explore relational Interventions for shame.
Discuss EFT, Havening Technique, and other “neuromodulation” strategies for trauma recovery.
Reclaim identity with the “Tree of life” exercise.
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
Stages of trauma response
Trauma specific psychopharmacology
Heart Rate Variability and the Social Nervous System
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
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)
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
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and CE Certificate. This version does not come with access to video content. The standard price of this program includes the CE Certificate for the main viewer.