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 ET

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Dr. Colin A. Ross

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Melissa Caldwell Engle

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.  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.   
 

March 29, 2018

6:00 - 9:00 PM ET

Trillion Small

Trillion Small

Christine Forner

Christine Forner

Presenters: Trillion Small & Christine Forner 

Meditation, Mindfulness, & Spirituality in Trauma Therapy

In the first half of this webinar, Trillion Small 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 will talk about mindfulness and its relationship to dissociative processes. Mindfulness is, in the simplest of definitions, the ability to be aware of conscious and unconscious information. Yet mindfulness still seems to allude and be very difficult for those individuals who chronically dissociate. The reasons reside in the function and purpose of dissociation and the function and purpose of mindfulness. 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. 

Registration Fees

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

April 18, 2018

6:00 - 9:00 PM ET

Dr. Colin A. Ross

Dr. Colin A. Ross

Naomi Halpern

Naomi Halpern

Presenters: Colin A. Ross, MD & Naomi Halpern

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

Please join Dr. Colin Ross and Naomi Halpern in their talk titled, 'It Hurts So Good: Complex trauma and Self-harming behaviour.' 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. 

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. 

Registration Fees

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

May 2018

TBD

Presenters: We're excited to announce our speakers soon!

Trauma & Structural Dissociation*

- *Subject to change. Details Pending. Sign up for email updates!

 

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 2018

TBD

Presenters: We're excited to announce our speakers soon!

The Neurobiology of Trauma* 

- *Subject to change. Details Pending. Sign up for email updates!

 

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

12:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Dr. Colin A. Ross

Dr. Colin A. Ross

Dolores Mosquera

Dolores Mosquera

Presenters: Colin A. Ross, MD & Dolores Mosquera

Talking to the Voices in Traumatized Individuals

- Details pending. Sign up for email updates!

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.

 

Registration Fees

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