Trauma Education Essentials
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Upcoming Webinar Schedule

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Upcoming Webinar Schedule


February 28, 2018

 6:00 - 9:00 PM EST

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Dr. Colin A. Ross

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Melissa Caldwell Engle, MS LPC ATR

Presenters: Colin A. Ross, MD & Melissa Caldwell Engle, MS LPC ATR

The Impact of Trauma: Past, Present & Future

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 in a talk titled, 'The Spectrum of Emotions and Trauma'.  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. Moderator: 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.  (*pending approval. See CEU page for updates)
 

March 29, 2018

6:00 - 9:00 PM EDT

Trillion Small, PhD candidate

Trillion Small, PhD candidate

Christine Forner, BA, MSW, RSW

Christine Forner, BA, MSW, RSW

Presenters: Trillion Small, MS & Christine Forner, MSW, RSW

Meditation, Mindfulness, & Spirituality in Trauma Therapy

In the first half of this webinar, Trillion Small, MS, LMFT-A, will speak about 'Spirituality in Trauma Therapy: Techniques and Strategies'. This part of the webinar will address how to use spirituality to engage your client’s heart, mind, and/or soul. You will walk away with an integrative understanding and approach on how to incorporate spirituality into your sessions with spiritual and non-spiritual clients. Trauma and spirituality will be integrated with various viewpoints such as neuroscience and attachment to help create a diverse repertoire of interventions for your targeted population.

In the second half of the webinar, Christine Forner , BA, MSW, Registered Social Worker, will talk about mindfulness and its relationship to dissociative processes. Her talk is titled, 'Meditation and Mindfulness in Trauma Therapy'. The traumatic dissociative process is the opposite of the mindfulness process; one is a brain process that increases awareness the other is a brain process that decreases awareness – they are rival brain activities, where dissociation wins every time. Dissociation is about not knowing the real danger and pain; it is also basically playing dead in the face of life threatening danger, in order to survive. Mindfulness is the highest form of self-knowledge, it is the capacity to know and have understanding of all of one’s self. From this perspective it makes sense that it is not good to be aware of things when you are a tiger’s mouth.  It also makes sense that a mind that is perpetually dissociating becomes phobic of mindfulness.

This interactive webinar will demonstrate and discuss what mindfulness is, the role mindfulness plays within interpersonal, secure attachment relationships and how mindfulness meditation practices interplay with the dissociative process. This workshop will also give a comprehensive summary of traumatic dissociation in order to understand the difficulty and possible injurious implications of mindfulness meditation within a dissociative clinical population. Suggestions, alternatives and creative meditations for dissociative disorders will be offered and demonstrated to assist clinicians to teach a dissociative mind to learn to slowly become a mindful, associated mind.

Objectives

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

    1. Understand the nature of spirituality and how it influences the client’s heart and mind and vice versa.

    2. Acquire various techniques & strategies that can be easily implemented in session with traumatized clients.

    3. Discuss the theory behind the rival brain activities of mindfulness and dissociation

    4. Learn alternatives to assist clients with Dissociative Disorders to become mindful, in order to foster growth and mental health

* see speaker bios here. Moderator: 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 (*pending approval. See CEU page for updates)
 

April 18, 2018

11:00 am - 2:00 PM EDT

Dr. Colin A. Ross

Dr. Colin A. Ross

Naomi Halpern, C.Q.S.W.

Naomi Halpern, C.Q.S.W.

Presenters: Colin A. Ross, MD & Naomi Halpern, C.Q.S.W. 

Self-Blame, Suicidal Ideation & Self-Injury in Trauma Survivors

In the first half of this webinar, Dr. Colin Ross will give a talk titled, 'Self-blame and Suicidal Ideation in Trauma Survivors'.  Self-harm is a complex and often misunderstood behaviour and is a serious public health issue. Carried out in secrecy, self-harm is accompanied by feelings of intense shame and self-loathing. It is a behaviour that generates strong reactions in therapists, ranging from tremendous fear for client safety, to anger or helplessness when best attempts to assist the client may fail. Meanwhile, the dilemma for the client is, “it hurts so good”. In the supermarket of choices to manage feelings, memories, disconnect or reconnect, self-harm is an effective consumer choice. Clients self-harm because like alcohol or drugs, it works instantly. 

In the second half, Naomi Halpern, SQSW, will talk about, 'It Hurts So Good: Strategies for Treating Self-mutilation'. The issue of self-harm can easily transition to unchecked counter-transference resulting in unproductive rescue attempts or angry blaming and rejection of the client. The client carries not only the physical scars but feelings of shame, fear of rejection and a sense of powerlessness to resist overwhelming urges. Fear of, or actual judgment by the therapist may cause self-harming behaviour to go ‘underground’. The consequence may be an escalation of self-harming behaviour and more serious injury. 

This webinar will focus on understanding the underlying dynamics and function of self-harming behaviour, how to work with the ‘trigger loop’ and practical strategies to assist developing self-regulation capacities, allowing the client to remain present and process painful memories, feelings and sensations.  

Objectives

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

    1. Explain the locus of control shift and its role in trauma therapy.

    2. Outline how self-blame in trauma survivors leads to self-harm and self-punishment.

    3. Describe the paradox of how inflicting pain on oneself can help a trauma survivor feel better.

   4. Identify treatment strategies for self-blame, suicidal ideation and self-injury in trauma survivors.

* see speaker bios here. Moderator: 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 (*pending approval. See CEU page for updates)
 

May 14, 2018

6:00 - 9:00 PM EDT

Julie Valenti

Julie Valenti

Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed

Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed

Presenters: Julie Valenti & Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed

Adaptations of Trauma Model Therapy

In the first half of this webinar, Juli Valenti will give a talk titled, 'Knowing How: 20 Concepts to Rewire the Brain: Lasting Recovery from PTSD due to Childhood Trauma". With the help of the therapist, clients are often capable of understanding why childhood attachment conflicts/confusion has caused a myriad of problems in their adult life. In addition, they often understand what they can do differently to make their lives more fulfilling… But what is often missing from the session work is the know-how to make a lasting change in the form of “brain rewiring” or what’s more commonly known as, neuroplasticity. This webinar will cover in detail, the fundamental 20 Concepts from the book Knowing How by your webinar facilitator and author, Julie Valenti. Attendees will learn valuable tools to educate their clients on brain rewiring to facilitate long-term recovery. The 20 Concepts are easy to learn and with repeated application, have been shown to create a new “circuitry” to replace the old, faulty, often-childlike wiring from the past. Understanding PTSD as it relates to trauma and childhood attachment conflicts; identifying triggers; learning effective anchors to end regressive behaviors; and learning how to use intelligent and mature communication when conflicts arise are just a few of the incredible results we have seen with our clients once they begin to integrate the 20 Concepts.

In the second half, Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed, will discuss, 'The Comprehensive Resource Model: An Integrated Treatment Approach to Trauma'. The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) is a neurobiologically-based, emotion-focused treatment model which catalyzes the mind/body to safely access intolerable, affective trauma memories by utilizing layers of internal resources.  These resources include attachment neurobiology, breathwork skills, somatic resources, connection to the natural world and relationship with self/intuition.  The sequencing and combination of these resources, and the eye positions that anchor them,  allow individuals to orient fully towards the most frightening material, accessing and clearing the origin of the split-second moments of survival threat and intolerable affects which are sourced in the midbrain and driving sub-cortical and cortical defense responses.

These responses include pathological dissociation and lead to life-interfering symptoms, cognitions and addictions which subside once the neurobiological need for these responses is dismantled. Clearing trauma residues from the nervous system opens the way for positive affect, healing neuro-plasticity, and personal expansion, whether seen as spiritual or otherwise and is directly addressed in CRM. This webinar will introduce CRM clinical conceptualization, an overview of the neurobiological looping systems  of trauma and healing in CRM, and an outline of the resources used for safe trauma processing.

Objectives

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

- Coming soon!

* see speaker bios here.

 

Registration Fees

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

June 16, 2018

11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

Andrew Moskowitz, PhD

Andrew Moskowitz, PhD

Paul Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych

Paul Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych

Presenters: Andrew Moskowitz, PhD & Paul Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych

Psychotherapy for Trauma, Dissociation, & Psychosis

In the first half of this webinar, Andrew Moskowitz, PhD, will give a talk titled, 'Dissociation and Psychosis: History, Similarities and Differences Between the Two'. In Dr. Moskowitz's talk, the current understanding of the relationship between psychotic symptoms, trauma and dissociation will be explored. He will begin with a discussion of the concepts of psychosis, trauma and dissociation – clarifying points of confusion and disagreement. Then we will discuss two symptoms typically considered to be central to schizophrenia – hallucinations (primarily auditory and verbal hallucinations) and delusions – which are differentially related to trauma and dissociation. Finally, we will consider the clinical implications for this, including the question of new diagnoses blending trauma, dissociation and psychotic symptoms.

In the second half, Dr. Paul Miller will discuss, 'Psychotherapy for Psychosis: EMDR and Other Approaches'. Schizophrenia and psychosis ought to be repatriated into the spectrum of dissociative disorders (Moskowitz, Schäfer, & Dorahy, 2008), and Dr Colin Ross notes, "Because of the way the two disorders are defined in the DSM-IV-TR and the clinical and research literatures, they cannot be separated into two discrete categories. They are too much and too often the same thing." (Ross, 2004, Page 16). 

Dr. Miller will present a methodology for assessing & understanding psychosis in a trauma-sensitive formulation, enabling the application of EMDR therapy and associated psychotherapeutic paradigms including: Hal & Sidra Stone’s Voice Dialogue Approach; the integrated Ego-state therapy approach of John G. Watkins; and Structural Dissociation. Clinical examples, including some from his recent Springer book will be included and unpacked in a meaningful stepwise manner. Clinically, encouraging outcomes have been observed and patients who respond positively can achieve long-term symptom control without the need for medication.

Objectives:

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

- Coming soon!

* see speaker bios here.

 

Registration Fees

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

July 21, 2018

11:00 am - 2:00 PM EDT

Dr. Colin A. Ross

Dr. Colin A. Ross

Dolores Mosquera, MA, Psy

Dolores Mosquera, MA, Psy

Presenters: Colin A. Ross, MD & Dolores Mosquera, MA, Psy

Talking to the Voices in Traumatized Individuals

In the first half of this webinar Colin Ross, MD, will give a talk titled, 'Talking to the Voices: A Technique in Trauma Therapy'. More details to come!

In the second half Dolores Mosquera, MA, Psy, will discuss, 'Strategies for Treating Auditory Hallucinations'.  Many dissociative clients have difficulties with voices that are hostile and critical. The internal conflict is sometimes so strong that the person will even have difficulties carrying on with an ordinary conversation. One factor that affects this conflict is how the patient deals with the voices or parts of the self.

Most approaches to helping people with hostile or critical voices have something to do with either trying to get rid of the voice, such as by taking drugs until it fades away, or trying to ignore the voice or distract attention away from it. One problem with these strategies is that they all involve avoiding issues or emotions the voice may be bringing up. A key aspect to the work with hostile parts of the personality and voices is to understand their function and the meaning behind their disruptive behaviors.

A comprehensive approach is needed with the most complex cases where internal conflict can lead to harmful behaviors for the self and others. In these cases, transforming conflict through dialogue, compassion and understanding is essential. Specific procedures to work with the conflict in these clients, will be illustrated through cases and video examples.

Objectives

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

    1. Explain why, in trauma therapy, the goal is not to get rid of the voices.

    2. Describe the technique of talking through to the voices.

    3. List strategies for creating empathy for the voices and reframing them.

    4. Describe strategies for understanding why the voices say negative things, and changing what they say.

* see speaker bios here.

 

Registration Fees

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

August 20, 2018

6:00 pm -9:00 pm EDT

Ralph Carson, PhD

Ralph Carson, PhD

Colin Ross, MD

Colin Ross, MD

Presenters: Ralph Carson, PhD & Colin Ross, MD

Trauma, Eating Disorders, & Nutrition

- Details Pending. Sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates!

In the first half, Ralph Carson, PhD, will discuss, 'Trauma and Nutrition'.

In the second half of this webinar Colin Ross, MD, will give a talk titled, 'Sexual Trauma and Eating Disorders'. 

 

Objectives

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

- Coming soon!

* see speaker bios here.

 

Registration Fees

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

September 15, 2018

11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

Eli Somer, PhD

Eli Somer, PhD

Gaia Polloni, MSc, CPsychol.

Gaia Polloni, MSc, CPsychol.

Presenters: Eli Somer, PhD & Gaia Polloni, MSc, CPsychol.

Trauma & Addictive Behaviors

- Details Pending. Sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates!

In the first half of this webinar, Eli Somer, PhD, will give a talk titled, 'Maladaptive Daydreaming: an unrecognized mental health problem'. 

In the second half, Gaia Polloni, MSc, CPsychol. will discuss, 'Trauma, Sexuality, and Sex Addiction'.

Objectives:

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

- Coming soon!

* see speaker bios here.

 

Registration Fees

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

 

 

October 3, 2018

6:00 - 8:00 PM EDT

*2 hour webinar

Presenters: Dana Ross, MD, MSc & Sushma Persaud, MSW, RSW

Introduction to Emotion Regulation Skills

What do you do when your client is feeling really overwhelmed or emotionally dysregulated? In this webinar we will explore foundational level skills and approaches to help your client (and yourself if needed) get more grounded and feel more present and less overwhelmed.

*This webinar is great for those early in their training or career, and for those more experienced who are simply looking to refresh their skills.  

Objectives

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

- Coming soon!

 

Registration Fees - 2 hour webinar

  • Regular Registration Fee $44 USD
  • Emerging Professionals $34 USD
  • Students $24 USD
  • 2 CEUs available at checkout for an additional $6 USD

October 18, 2018

1:30-4:30 PM EDT

Jennifer Freyd, PhD

Jennifer Freyd, PhD

Steve Frankel, Ph.D. J.D. 

Steve Frankel, Ph.D. J.D. 

Presenters: Jennifer Freyd, PhD & Steve Frankel, PhD, JD

Trauma, Ethics, & Betrayal

During the first hour and a half of the webniar, Dr. Jennifer Freyd will discuss 'Interpersonal and Institutional Betrayal Trauma'. Her presentation will include an explanation of betrayal trauma theory and information about institutional betrayal.  She will explain the dynamics of betrayal blindness and how that can impact memory and awareness of betrayal.  Dr. Freyd will also present research on the toxic nature of interpersonal and institutional betrayal, as well as research on both harmful and helpful responses to trauma disclosures.  She will end with suggestions for how to respond well to disclosures of mistreatment as well as ideas about how individuals and institutions can constructively promote institutional courage. 

In the second half of the webinar, Dr. Steve Frankel will discuss 'Risk management principles for clinicians working with trauma survivors'. His presentation will explore the ethical and legal risks involved in working with survivors of traumatic experiences, ways to understand and predict those risks, and prophylactic steps to take toward their minimization and management. A range of major patient risk categories will be described, as are risks associated with clinicians. An approach to working with victims of trauma is outlined - one which is grounded in the conviction that well-being and a sense of security are best fostered when it is recognized that the safety of each party is interdependent on that of the other.  

Objectives

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

    - Coming soon!

* see speaker bios here.

 

Registration Fees

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

November 12, 2018

Pending. EST

Fran Waters, MSW DCSW LMFT

Fran Waters, MSW DCSW LMFT

Ana Gomez, MD, LPC

Ana Gomez, MD, LPC

Presenters: Fran Waters, MSW DCSW LMFT & Ana Gomez, MC, LPC,

Dissociation in Children & Adolescents

- Details Pending. Sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates!

Objectives

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

- Coming soon!

* see speaker bios here.

 

Registration Fees

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

December 4, 2018

6:00 - 9:00 pm EST

Doug Bremner, MD

Doug Bremner, MD

Presenters: Doug Bremner, MD & John Demos, MA, LCMHC

The Neurobiology of Trauma

- Details Pending. Sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates!

Objectives

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

- Coming soon

* see speaker bios here.

 

Registration Fees

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