Trauma and the Body: Implications for Treatment

Until the formulation of PTSD in the DSM III the human response to trauma always was defined as a “physioneurosis”- a reaction of the entire organism. Contemporary research amply supports that notion- trauma affects movement, perception, sensory integration, immune function, somatic functioning, heart rate variability and numerous other measures of physical regulation. Sadly, these dimensions tend to be ignored in most clinicians’ training. The authors of this whole day pre-conference wo...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Implementing CBT for PTSD in Clinical Practice: The Case Formulation Approach

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is widely recognized as an effective treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet clinicians often encounter challenges when implementing CBT for PTSD patients with multiple problems. As a result, sometherapists question the clinical utility of CBT and are reluctant to use it for many of their PTSD patients. The goal of this institute is to enhance comfort and confidence in flexibly applying evidenced based methods for treatment of PTSD in clinical...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Maximizing PTSD Treatment by Incorporating Significant Others

PTSD is one of the mental health disorders most strongly associated with relationship problems. These problems can maintain or aggravate its course and interfere with successful treatment delivery. Conversely, they can be a key ingredient to improving therapy adherence, efficacy, and long-term maintenance of gains. In this workshop, we will present a model for incorporating significant others into assessment and evidence-based treatment for PTSD. Specifically, we will describe our three-stage ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Effective Treatment for Complex PTSD Related to Childhood Abuse and Multiple Traumatization

This workshop will present a flexibly-applied, evidence-based 16 session treatment for adults who have complex forms of PTSD related to childhood abuse and multiple life traumas. This sequential, two-phase treatment is based in a developmental model which is sensitive to the disturbances in attachment, emotion regulation and interpersonal functioning that survivors of childhood or chronic interpersonal violence often bring to treatment. Phase 1: Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal. ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Multiple Identities in Context of Trauma: Increasing Cultural Competence

Development of cultural competence in psychotherapy requires more than simply a set of rules about how to work with members of specific groups. Instead, current and evolving models of culturally competent practice note that all individuals have multiple and intersecting identities, each of which can contribute factors of risk and resilience to the individual experiencing trauma exposure. In this session, participants will be introduced to a model of identity development which conceptualizes pe...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Using M.I. Principles to Enhance OEF/OIF Veterans' Engagement in PTSD Treatment

Large numbers of soldiers are returning from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF: Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) with post-deployment adjustment problems, and unfortunately the majority of them don´t seek help or drop out of treatment. It is critical, then, that healthcare providers: a) understand the treatment barriers experienced by these and other veterans, and b) enhance veterans´ engagement in mental health treatment. Dr. Murphy will train Institute participants in clinical ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Master Clinician Session - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Post Traumatic Problems in Living

Many individuals who suffer with post traumatic stress following acts of terror, war, disaster and violence struggle to regain their pre-trauma lives. Once held personal values are often lost to disbelief and pain. They are also lost to the efforts and desire to avoid traumatic memories, painful feelings and unwanted thoughts. This loss, plus the avoidance strategies themselves, can have a powerful negative impact on individuals diagnosed with PTSD and other trauma related disorders. Accept...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Master Clinician Session - Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for the Treatment of PTSD

PTSD has been estimated to affect up to 18% of returning OIF veterans. Most trauma victims show fear and other reactions immediately following the traumatic event but in general these symptoms decline over time. We believe this reflects the process of extinction and that the development of chronic PTSD in those who do not recover represents a failure of extinction. Extinction training in humans takes the form of exposure therapy. In the treatment of PTSD, exposure therapy usually involves prol...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Master Clinician Session - Using Prolonged Exposure Therapy to Emotionally Process Traumatic Memories

Though many individuals who experience trauma such as war, terror attacks, violence and disaster will recover, those who suffer with post traumatic stress disorder may struggle for years and still be unable to regain a sense of normalcy in their lives. Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE) is one of the most effective and extensively researched approaches to treating PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. PE has been shown to be an effective treatment for PTSD arising from a wide variety of trauma...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Master Clinician Session - A United Transdiagnostic Treatment for Emotional Disorders Applied to Combat Related PTSD

Deepening understanding of the nature of emotional disorders including PTSD reveals that commonalities in etiology and latent structure among these disorders supersedes differences. This suggests new approaches to classification and the possibility of distilling a set of psychological procedures that would comprise a unified intervention for emotional disorders. Based on theory and data emerging from the fields of learning, emotional development and regulation, and cognitive science, we identi...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Master Clinician Session - Cognitive Processing Therapy for the Treatment of PTSD

Studies suggest that approximately 18% of returning Veterans and 7% of civilians will experience PTSD in their life time. Individuals diagnosed with PTSD often report difficulty experiencing emotions such as love and happiness, instead they may describe feeling numb or angry. Due to the traumatic event circumstances many individuals do not have the opportunity to feel the natural emotions (e.g. fear) associated with the trauma and instead they must process the event later which may lead to a b...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Restoring the Protective Shield: Core Concepts from Child-Parent Psychotherapy

Children aged birth to five are highly vulnerable to exposure to interpersonal traumas, and trauma exposure at an earlyage can have long term consequences for development and functioning. Both research and clinical theory highlight the importance of developing and empirically validating trauma-informed relationship-based practices, particularly for young children. Moreover, there is an urgent need to disseminate not only evidence-based practices but the core concepts that underlie these practi...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Work with Shame-Based Flashbacks in PTSD

Shame-based flashbacks are common in PTSD and are highly distressing and disturbing for most people who experience them. The personal meaning conveyed in the fragmented images and flashbacks is often painful, condemning and shaming. High levels of self-criticism appear to maintain the sense of current psychological threat experienced by individuals with PTSD. Evidence suggests that those who suffer from shame-based PTSD are often very self-critical and have difficulty regulating threat-based e...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Treating Trauma: Helping the Entire Human Organism Feel Safe and Live in the Present

Trauma affects the entire human organism, which gets stuck in neurobiological, immunological and relational survival modes. Neuroscience research shows that the brain regions most affected by trauma are involved in attention and perception, biasing the organism into perceiving threat and annihilation. These subcortical processes are independent from conscious appraisal or conscious control. This presentation will focus on evidence based treatments that address basic issues of safety, threat a...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Doing It Well and Doing It Right: An Ethics Workshop for Trauma Specialists (ETHICS CREDITS)

This workshop is designed to meet the guidelines for mandated ethics training for psychologists, social workers and counselors in their work with traumatized populations. The workshop will be highly interactive, but participants' level of disclosure will be at their discretion. Each subsection of the workshop will be discussed as it applies to the treater of the child and the adult victim. The foci for the workshop will center on four areas. Competence: The concept of ethical professional beha...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: An Evidenced Based Intervention for Children with a Trauma History

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced based treatment for young children with significant behavior problems. Recently, the Kauffman Best Practices Report cited PCIT as one of the three best treatments in the field of child abuse and neglect. Although originally developed to address externalizing problems in young children, PCIT is now being successfully used with children in foster care, adoptive and stepfamilies, and co-occurring problems like children from homes characteriz...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Treating Posttraumatic Sleep Problems: Applying CBT for Insomnia to Traumatized Populations

Difficulty falling and staying asleep is one of the most common clinical complaints after trauma. Insomnia is associated with impaired concentration and memory, elevated levels of anxiety and depression, decreased pain threshold, and worsening of overall health functioning, all of which are also effects of trauma. In this institute, clinicians will learn how they can improve trauma survivors’ sleep and mitigate the negative effects of sleep disturbances on mental and physical health and func...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the Treatment of Trauma: Regaining Self and Values

Many individuals who have experienced a trauma or who have been diagnosed with PTSD are struggling with traumatic memories, painful feelings and unwanted thoughts; and avoidance or control of theses private internal experiences is a common goal. Often, however, the avoidance itself can lead to further struggle and difficulty returning to valued activities in life. One therapeutic alternative to emotional or experiential avoidance is acceptance. Acceptance can create a new context from which t...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Using Cognitive Processing Therapy in a Group Setting

With the increased demand for services in many agencies, group modalities can provide a cost-efficient way to deliver evidenced-based treatment to many individuals at the same time. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) has been shown to be an effective treatment of PTSD for civilian and veteran males and females with various trauma histories. Although often used as an individual therapy, CPT has been found to be an effective group or combined group and individual therapy modality in two randomiz...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The Trauma Recovery Group: A Guide for Practitioners

This workshop presents a unique approach to group treatment for survivors of interpersonal trauma. Based on a stage model of recovery, the Trauma Recovery Group (TRG) is explicitly designed to enlist the healing power of relational connection. Members are helped to develop skills in safe self-disclosure and empathic feedback, so that the processing of trauma memories can take place in a context of restored community. The workshop offers a detailed description of the implementation of the TRG. ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The Grieving College Student

The Grieving College Student will examine the prevalence of bereavement among college students, bereavement’s impact on a college student, what bereaved college students need, and suggestions about constructive steps to make the college environment more responsive to its bereaved students. The webinar is designed primarily for professionals in positions to help bereaved students, but the webinar will also be of use to bereaved college students themselves, who consistently note that they find...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Reassessing Kübler-Ross on Coping with Dying and Coping with Loss

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004) was an early and important contributor to the field of death and dying. Her book, On Death and Dying (1969), had a major impact on both professional and public readers. Now, several years after her death, it is useful to look back on her contributions to our understandings of coping with dying and coping with loss, to consider what commentators have said about the theories she proposed, and to work towards a new assessment of her legacy on these topics. This ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Healing from Within: Using Positive Psychology and Core Character Strengths with Grieving People

This webinar introduces the relatively new field of positive psychology, briefly examines its roots and explores the six virtues and 24 core character strengths that contribute to positive mental health. We will present the rationale for using positive psychology with grieving people, provide examples of exercises used in facilitating widows' groups, and share resources in this growing field. Learning Objectives Identify and discuss the six virtues and 24 accompanying strengths contained...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Iowa: Abuse of Dependent Adults

This course has been approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and is an approved abuse education curriculum to be used as a training tool for Dependent Adult Abuse mandatory reporter training. IDPH approval #2908. A thorough review of adult dependent abuse, including definitions, characteristics of victims and perpetrators, and reasons for abuse. The course identifies indicators of adult abuse and summarizes reportable criteria for mandated reporting. It further outlines the ...
ATrain Education Inc.

Iowa: Child Abuse, A Guide for Mandatory Reporters

This course has been approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and is an approved abuse education curriculum to be used as a training tool for Child Abuse mandatory reporter training. IDPH approval #2907. Identifies mandatory reporters of child abuse in Iowa and summarizes the procedures for making such a report. Defines child abuse under Iowa law and reviews in detail the procedures of the Iowa Department of Health Services (DHS). When you finish this course, you will be ...
ATrain Education Inc.

New York: Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Neglect for Mandated Reporters

This course is approved by the New York State Department of Education and meets the continuing education requirement for coursework in Child Abuse and Maltreatment for New York healthcare professionals. Defines child abuse, maltreatment, and neglect, plus mandated reporters and requirements for reporting as defined by New York State. Presents indicators of possible mistreatment, including both physical and behavioral signs. When you finish this course, you will be able to: *Explain ...
ATrain Education Inc.

Preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health

This course is intended to increase clinicians’ awareness of the types of errors that can occur within mental health practice, how such errors damage clients, and numerous ways they can be prevented. Its emphasis is on areas within mental health practice that carry the potential for "medical" errors. Examples include improper diagnosis, breach of confidentiality, failure to maintain accurate clinical records, failure to comply with mandatory abuse reporting laws, inadequate assessment of pot...
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