Trauma Education Essentials

Introducing Trauma Education Essentials

Introducing Trauma Education Essentials


Education for Mental Health Professionals on
Psychological Trauma

Welcome! We're glad you came by. Trauma Education Essentials offers webinars for mental health professionals, and other health care providers, working with people who have experienced psychological trauma. We provide online educational webinars featuring international experts in the field of trauma. Our webinars will cover a diverse array of clinically relevant topics delivered in a dynamic and interactive online format. Our webinars are rooted in a trauma-informed approach which rests on principles of safety, choice, collaboration, inclusivity, and empowerment. We look forward to meeting you at one of our webinars!

– Colin A. Ross, MD  &  Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC


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Upcoming Webinar

February 28, 2018 – 6:00 - 9:00 pm EST

The impact of Trauma: Past, Present & Future


Colin A. Ross, MD

PTSD: A Disorder of the Future Not The Past


Melissa Caldwell Engle, MS LPC ATR

The Spectrum of Emotions

In the first hour and a half of this webinar, Dr. Ross will explain how PTSD can be understood and treated as a disorder of the future. In most treatment approaches to PTSD, the person is seen as being “stuck in the past.” The focus of treatment is on trauma memories. But, Dr. Ross will propose, PTSD is equally or more a disorder of the future: the person must review the tapes of the event repeatedly (flashbacks) in order to create a list of “omens” – the signs of impending trauma the person missed last time. The person must then stay hyper-aroused, alert, keyed up, easily startled and scanning for danger, in order to see the signs next time and take evasive action. From this perspective, PTSD is a future-oriented survival strategy. The flaw in the strategy is the fact that, usually, the traumatic event could not be avoided and was not the person’s fault. The person carries a burden of PTSD symptoms and self-blame for no real increase in future safety. Treatment strategies for this “disorder of the future” will be described.

In the second half of this webinar, Mrs. Caldwell Engle will share her integrated addiction model.  This model will explain the developmental effects of unresolved pain and the resulting patterns of unhealthy emotional responding. These unhealthy patterns serve to minimize emotional pain by creating a disconnect between the mind and body, thus fragmenting the overall integrated experience. This mind/body disconnect then becomes the underlying dissociative root that drives the symptoms behind most mental health diagnoses and addictions and many medical symptoms. 

To further illustrate this dynamic, as well as to provide specific treatment techniques for the best integrative approach, she will review the Spectrum of Emotions. This concise and easy to follow diagram will discriminate between healthy and unhealthy emotions and address the most common corresponding psychiatric and medical diagnoses. It is also very useful for teaching clients about feelings and guiding therapy. Melissa will go through many different emotions within this framework, and will provide cognitive and experiential strategies for helping clients learn how to self-regulate and manage their feelings from an integrated place. Anonymized clinical examples and case vignettes will be provided.

Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

     1. Describe why PTSD can be considered a disorder of the future.

     2. List some treatment strategies that follow from seeing PTSD as a disorder of the future.

     3.  Explain The Spectrum of Emotions and its application to therapy for trauma and addictions.

     4. Identify the dissociative phenomena inherent in all addictive patterns.


* see speaker bios here. This webinar will be moderated by Dr. Dana Ross. 

Registration Fees:

  • Regular Registration Fee $69 USD
  • Emerging Professionals $49 USD
  • Students $39 USD
  • 3 CEUs available at checkout for an additional $10 USD

I envision these webinars as a place for learning and growth, as well as a meeting place for community-building and inspiration.
— Dr. Dana Ross