Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Event: A Guide to the Treatment of Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders

Trauma Informed: A Guide to the Treatment of Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders

Date: Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Credit: 6 CEUs. Womencare Counseling Center is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to provide Continuing Education Units to social workers (LSW/ LCSW), professional counselors (LPC, LCPC) and Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT).
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston IL
Register: online, by phone at 847-491-0530, or by mail with this form.

About this workshop:

Complex Posttraumatic Stress is often the consequence of prolonged and repeated interpersonal trauma which has occurred during the developmentally vulnerable time of childhood. Most often these events involve abuse and/or neglect by primary caretakers.

We will describe the tri-phasic model of treatment and the special considerations for dissociative disorders, including challenges to sustaining the therapeutic alliance, creating safety, establishing affect regulation, stabilization, and the integration of traumatic experience.

This workshop is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn how to better provide treatment for some of our most injured populations. It is appropriate both for therapists new to the field and those more experienced frontline professionals who want to deepen their work by understanding the impact and treatment of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorders.

This workshop will address:

  • The special challenges for clinicians in sustaining a therapeutic relationship with those who have survived ongoing childhood abuse or neglect.
  • The phases of treatment and the corresponding tasks in each phase.
  • Both the psycho-physiological impact of abuse and neglect and the relational implications.
  • Helping traumatized clients learn to restore feelings as signals that promote effective problem solving.
  • Engaging clients in a self-reflective process about ­previously disowned aspects of traumatic experience.
  • The function and creation of dissociative defenses.

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