Working with Complex Trauma: A sequenced, relationship based approach An evening webinar with Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP Author of 3 books on the treatment of complex trauma and one on spiritually-oriented psychotherapy for trauma Online, 3 May 2018 (Thursday) 6:00pm - 9:00pm, London, UK time
Complex Trauma, which is often the result of prolonged and repetitive trauma – presents multiple challenges for practitioners. The nature of trauma can be layered; there might be attachment trauma and / or childhood abuse which needs to be considered. The presentation itself may be nuanced and indeed complex – with after-effects spanning neurobiological, psychological, interpersonal and spiritual domains. The observable impact may be lifelong or only appear periodically in rather disguised forms. At this evening, online webinar, Dr Courtois provides an overview of after-effects, specifically considering the neurobiological and dissociative aspects of Complex Trauma. A sequenced, therapeutic approach that extends beyond the treatment of posttraumatic symptoms will be described. The webinar then discusses more trauma-focussed strategies which are geared towards trauma processing, resolution and integration, aimed at countering dissociative obstacles. Dr Courtois explains how our approaches need to be relationship oriented where the therapist provides a catalyst as well as a container for therapeutic issues. Since interpersonal trauma can also be viewed as an assault on the spirit of the victim, the webinar also suggests how we can pay attention to spiritual aspects as part of our therapeutic approach. Learning objectives: Comprehend and describe multiple dimensions of complex trauma Describe the after-effects and complexities of complex trauma Consider the spiritual impact of trauma Outline a sequenced therapeutic approach Identify several evidence-based and evidence-supported interventions for complex trauma therapy About the speaker Dr Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP works as a consultant and trainer in the field of trauma psychology and its treatment. She was in independent practice for 40 years and has co-authored several books, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (with Dr Julian Ford) for clinicians working with PTSD and complex trauma. Two of her books, namely, Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (Adults): Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models deal with contemporary approaches to the treatment of complex trauma in adults and children/adolescents. Among her other publications are Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma and It’s Not You, It’s What Happened to You. She is currently updating her 2009 book on complex trauma. Dr. Courtois was chair of the recently released Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD in Adults for the American Psychological Association (APA) and for guidelines on the treatment of complex trauma for several professional organizations. She is past president of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has received the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Professional Practice, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence, and most recently the American Board of Professional Psychology, 2016 Distinguished Service Award in the Profession of Psychology. Webinar Schedule 5.45PM: Online Registration 6.00PM: Session 1: Introduction to Complex Trauma Background: Definitions, prevalence Types of Trauma After-effects DSM and ICD diagnoses Adaptations as Symptoms Relational trauma and attachment/relationship issues 7:30PM: Break 7:45PM: Session 2: Therapeutic Approaches Principles including trauma-informed care and the health and training of the therapist The significance of relationship issues to therapy Sequencing: pre-treatment and 3 main phases Therapeutic tasks Evidence-based and supported treatments Clinical practice and professional practice guidelines 9:00pm: Close
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