Trauma Education Essentials


Live Webinar with Dr. Colin A. Ross on March 20, 2019 at 6 pm EDT

Live Webinar with Dr. Colin A. Ross on March 20, 2019 at 6 pm EDT

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March 20th at 6 pm ET. Trauma and Complex Comorbidity: Understanding the Relationships. Dr. Colin A. Ross will provide a way of thinking about the complex comorbidity seen in trauma survivors, which then leads to an overall treatment plan that takes all the different symptoms, diagnoses, addictions and self-destructive behaviors into account. This webinar is for health professionals and trainees.

All prices are in USD. Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you immediately. A few days before the webinar, we'll send you a reminder email along with a link to access the live webinar and a pdf of the slides.

Colin A. Ross, M.D completed medical school at the University of Alberta and his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is the author of 225 papers and 31 books. He has spoken widely throughout North America and Europe, and in China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a keynote speaker at many different conferences, and has reviewed for over 30 different professional journals. Dr. Ross is the Director of hospital-based Trauma Programs in Denton, Texas, Torrance, California and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been running a hospital Trauma Program in the Dallas area since moving to Texas in 1991. Dr. Ross has published a series of treatment outcome studies in peer-reviewed journals, which provide evidence for the effectiveness of Trauma Model Therapy. Many of his papers involve large series of cases, with original research data and statistical analyses, including a paper entitled ‘Trauma and Dissociation in China” in the American Journal of Psychiatry. For more information about Dr. Colin Ross, or to learn about his inpatient trauma programs, or to purchase books, please visit The Colin A. Ross Institute . Full speaker bios can be found here.

What is this webinar about? 
In this webinar, Dr. Ross will explain a solution to the problem of comorbidity in psychiatry, which is the subtitle of his book, The Trauma Model. Comorbidity means all the disorders that go along with a person’s main disorder or primary diagnosis, which is often PTSD in trauma survivors. Dr. Ross will talk about the single disease model, which he was taught in medical school, and which dominates DSM-5, research and treatment in psychiatry. Most people with serious mental health problems do not fit this model. He will then describe the normal, expectable reactions of a previously well-adjusted woman who is the victim of a sexual assault – her extensive comorbidity is part of her normal mammalian threat responses, and her normal psychology, not evidence of any fundamental defect in her. The discussion will then turn to the most common forms of comorbidity in trauma survivors, illustrated by Dr. Ross’ research on dissociative identity disorder. This will be followed by discussion of fight, flight and freeze and how they form the foundation of PTSD and its treatment. The main purpose of the webinar is to provide a way of thinking about the complex comorbidity seen in trauma survivors, which then leads to an overall treatment plan that takes all the different symptoms, diagnoses, addictions and self-destructive behaviors into account. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of treatment strategies for complex PTSD.

You can submit questions throughout the live webinar for the presenters to answer during their Q&A sessions. 

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

1. Explain why the problem of comorbidity is a core problem in psychiatry, clinically, conceptually and for research.

2. Describe a clinical explanation for why complex trauma leads to many forms of comorbidity.

3. List common forms of comorbidity seen in survivors of complex trauma.

4. Describe the mammalian defense of fight, flight and freeze and their roles in complex PTSD.

6:00 – 6:55       Dr Colin Ross’ presentation
6:55 - 7:00        5 minute break
7:00 – 7:50       Dr. Colin Ross’ presentation
7:50 – 8:00       Questions and Answers

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2019 Registration Fee

  • Regular Registration $69 USD

  • Students (full-time) $39 USD

  • All courses are intermediate level unless otherwise specified.

  • Registration to a live webinar includes access to the recorded webinar as well which will be emailed to you within a few hours of the live webinar ending.

CE credit information

  • 2 CE credits for this 2 hour live webinar (APA, NBCC, NAADAC) available at checkout for an additional $10 USD.

  • 1.75 ASWB CE credits available at checkout for an additional $10 USD.

  • Trauma Education Essentials, #1673, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Trauma Education Essentials maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 08/30/2018 – 08/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.75 continuing education clock hours.

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