Trauma Education Essentials


Workshop on April 12, 2019. Understanding Complex Trauma: Level 2

Workshop on April 12, 2019. Understanding Complex Trauma: Level 2

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April 12th, 2019. Workshop Understanding Complex Trauma Level 2. 87 Elm Street. Toronto, Canada. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This is a workshop for health professionals and trainees. You do not need to have attended our level 1 workshop in order to attend level 2, however, a foundational level of knowledge about complex trauma would be beneficial.

Welcome! A few days before the workshop, we will send a reminder email with more info. See you in the spring! Please note that all prices are in US dollars, as this is the currency of our e-commerce service.

Nancy’s Auditorium

YWCA Elm Street Location
87 Elm Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
This event is fully accessible and offers all-gender washrooms. YWCA is a scent-free environment

Event Description:

Trauma Education Essentials is pleased to present this 1-day workshop titled 'Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma: Level 2' for health professionals and trainees in psychology, social work, psychotherapy, nursing, counseling, psychiatry and other areas of medicine, healthcare administrators and educators, as well as other allied health professionals. The facilitators will explain the core principles of Dr. Colin A. Ross’ Trauma Model Therapy (TMT) and will illustrate treatment interventions, techniques and strategies from TMT with case examples. Key concepts such as ‘attachment to the perpetrator’, the ‘locus of control shift’, and the idea that PTSD can be better understood as a disorder of the future will be explored in detail. Throughout the day, the presenters will be exploring ‘Moments in Therapy’ that are common and important to both the client and therapist. Through case examples, presenter role plays, videos, and group discussion, the presenters will demonstrate how to use the core principles of trauma therapy to understand and successfully work through complex clinical interactions. Practical strategies related to the following common clinical encounters will be explored:  

-       Navigating Boundaries in the therapeutic relationship

-       Traumatic Re-enactments in the therapy session

-       Understanding and Transforming Self-injury

-       Addictions: the opposite of desensitization

-       The impact of trauma on sex and sexuality

-       Working with anger: transforming guilt and shame

The presenters will also bring their clinical expertise to discuss approaches for working with dissociative symptoms and understanding the function of “negative” behaviours. Join us for this exciting and interactive workshop! Space will be limited and we do anticipate selling out. 


There are no prerequisites, however, this is an intermediate level course and it will be assumed that all attendees have an introductory level of knowledge about complex trauma. You do not need to have attended our level 1 workshop in order to register for our level 2 workshop.

Who should attend?

Health professionals and trainees in psychology, social work, psychotherapy, nursing, counseling, psychiatry and other areas of medicine, healthcare administrators and educators, as well as other allied health professionals.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the concept of the locus of control shift, and how it leads to self-blame, self-hatred and self-punishment in trauma survivors.

2. Define the term the problem of attachment to the perpetrator and name specific treatment strategies for working with conflicted attachment in therapy.

3. Describe how PTSD can be understood as a disorder of the future.

4. Describe specific treatment strategies for a range of problems experienced by trauma survivors.

5. Explain how to recognize dissociation in therapy and treatment strategies for it.

Rates (in US dollars):

- Early Bird Regular (available till March 28, 2019): $125 USD      
- Regular rate (after March 28, 2019): $145 USD
- Student (full-time): $90 USD
- Group rate: 15% discount off of each individual registration for groups of 5 or more people from the same organization. Email for more information.

Please note that If you are registering as a student, proof of full-time status will be required. Please email proof of status to The group discount rate does not apply to students.

More Info

Contact us for more information at
Coffee, tea, water and snacks will be provided. Lunch is on your own and a list of nearby restaurants will be provided.
A certificate of attendance will be emailed to you following the workshop.
No CE credits are available for this workshop at this time.
Distance participation is not available for this event and it is not being recorded. 
Full refunds are available up until 2 weeks prior to the event. After that date, no refunds are available but you are welcome to send a colleague in your place.



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 200 papers and 29 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 provides weekly cognitive therapy groups at all three locations, in person in Texas and by video-conference in Michigan and California. 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 A. Ross, or to learn about his inpatient trauma programs, or to purchase books, please visit The Colin A. Ross Institute


Sushma Persaud, MSW, RSW, is a registered social worker, psychotherapist who practices in the Trauma Therapy Program at Women's College Hospital. She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto, through the Faculty of Social Work, and recently won a teaching award which was nominated by one of her students. Sushma facilitates a variety of trauma-focused groups and provides individual trauma therapy as well. She completed her Masters of Social work degree from the University of Toronto, and also completed a trauma placement at the Women’s Health Centre in 2006. She has been working in the Trauma Therapy Program since 2007.


Dana Ross, M.D. is a psychiatrist in the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. The Trauma Therapy Program specializes in treating those who have experienced childhood interpersonal trauma. She practices trauma-focused individual and group therapy, and is a lecturer in the Division of Equity, Gender and Population at the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Ross completed her psychiatry residency in Ontario, Canada, at the University of Toronto and at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She completed a Master of Neuroscience degree at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta and finished her undergraduate degree in psychology at York University in Toronto. She recently began her first term on the international Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) Board of Directors. She has had numerous speaking engagements across North America with a focus on trauma, education, and psychotherapy. Dr. Ross co-chairs the Trauma Talks conference ( in Toronto which is a conference focused on the concept and practice of trauma-informed care. 

Dr. Ross was born in Inuvik in the Northwest Territories in Northern Canada and is of Dene descent. She identifies as Métis. Her interests outside of psychiatry include writing, movies, and painting. 

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