Research Ethics

Must trauma researchers meet higher standards than researchers focusing on less vulnerable populations? Do the development of knowledge and respect for autonomy outweigh participant vulnerability when investigating the immediate experience of trauma survivors? Does empirical research on research ethics shed light or obfuscate the fundamentally value-based decision making process in which researchers and IRBs must engage? This presentation will focus on current controversies in the ethics of re...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Clinical Ethics

Most licensed professionals working with trauma have had the opportunity to take courses on ethics and legal issues. As such, there is both a need and an opportunity to combine updated material with more focused and in-depth discussion of complexities inherent in these topics. The purpose of this workshop is to explore core issues related to ethical problem solving, boundaries and underlying ethical and legal aspects of record keeping. If time permits, clinician-initiated termination will also...
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10 Ways Practitioners Can Avoid Frequent Ethical Pitfalls.

Boost your ethical know-how with practical tips on avoiding common ethical quandaries. The article points out that the best defense against an ethical problems is a good offense. By looking out for foreseeable conflicts and discussing them frankly with colleagues and clients, practitioners can avoid the misunderstandings, hurt feelings and sticky situations that lead to hearings before ethics boards, lawsuits, loss of license or professional membership, or even more dire consequences. The arti...
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Treating PTSD in Suicidal and Self-Injuring Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and PTSD are commonly co-occurring disorders, with comorbidity rates as high as 50 percent. However, few approaches exist for treating PTSD among individuals with BPD, particularly those with recent suicidal and self-injurious behavior. PTSD treatments typically exclude acutely suicidal and self-injuring clients, whereas BPD treatments do not typically target PTSD. This webinar will describe the basic structure and procedures of the Dialectical Behavior Th...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Prevention and Treatment Interventions for Traumatized Children: Restoring Capacities for Self-Regulation

In this webinar, a developmental trauma perspective will be presented to describe the adverse impacts that exposure to traumatic stressors, particularly interpersonal traumas, have on children’s capacities in several domains of self-regulation. The revised DSM-V criteria for childhood PTSD and the Developmental Trauma Disorder criteria will be discussed in order to assist clinicians and clinical researchers define treatment goals related to enhancing children’s posttraumatic self-regulatio...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

School Administrator Training (on CORE ELMS / RXpreceptor software) for Internship, Externship, and Experiential Education Departments of Participating Colleges and Universities

In depth, hands on training of all aspects and modules found within the RXpreceptor ELMS (Experiential Learning Management System) software. After completion of this training, school administrator will be able to fully set up and utilize the school’s RXpreceptor account, as well as train students and preceptors on account utilization. Covered topics include: * **Initial Account Setup** * System Configuration * System Flags and Options * Program Customization * Branding Incorporati...
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The Whole Town Grieves: When Loss Affects an Entire Community

Whether through a mass shooting, a popular student’s death in a car crash, a soldier killed in action, or a celebrated entertainer’s death, grief is not just experienced by individuals and families. Loss is experienced acutely in entire communities. Hundreds or thousands of people line the streets and fill arenas to honor the life of a person who is often remembered as “larger than life.” This webinar will provide clinicians and other caregivers a perspective on the extraordinarily ...
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Trauma Focused CBT for Children and Adolescents

This webinar provides an introduction and overview to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment model that addresses the multiple impacts of trauma for children and adolescents and their parents or primary caregivers. The webinar describes three TF-CBT treatment principles (proportionality of phase-based treatment; use of gradual exposure to trauma reminders; parental inclusion) and the core TF-CBT treatment components summarized by the acronym PRACTI...
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The Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach

Complex posttraumatic conditions often develop in the aftermath of chronic cumulative trauma, particularly severe child abuse and neglect. It can also develop during adulthood in response to other types of trauma. The objective of this webinar is to provide registrants with an increased understanding of the nature, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, drawing upon clinical writings and empirical findings and the recently published ISTSS Treatment Guidelines for Complex PTSD. Topics ...
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Skills for Psychological Recovery

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence-informed modular approach to helping children, adolescents, adults, and families in the weeks and months following disaster and trauma, after the period where Psychological First Aid (PFA) has been utilized, or when more intensive intervention than PFA is needed. SPR is designed to help survivors gain skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities. It can be delivered in 1-5 sessions, dep...
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Putting Faces on Our Theories

Historically, grief therapy and education have relied heavily on theoretical constructs that offer a structure to interacting with the bereaving. Can we enhance these theories by “putting a face” on them? This webinar focuses on borrowing narratives from historical and biographical personalities. Thus, the theory is a skeleton, and the stories are the skin. C.S. Lewis reportedly said, “We read to know we are not alone.” This webinar would amend that: We tell stories to know we are not ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Healing Presence for the Healer: Where They Do the Healing

Professionals exposed to various stressful and traumatic experiences while providing end-of-life care and bereavement care can potentially develop negative consequences. Research has shown that these negative consequences can be significantly influenced by positive work environments. Children’s Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin uses an innovative, holistic program to support the emotional, cognitive and spiritual health of staff. Using the R&R Series as a starting point, discussion wil...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Hospices and the Holidays - When You're Supposed To Be Happy, But You're Not

The holiday season can be heartbreaking, confusing and challenging for hospice families as they try to make it more meaningful than ever while dealing with continuous losses along the way. Hospice workers, with their unique perspectives and suggestions, can help patients and families work through the personal and cultural dynamics inherent in this time of year. Learning Objectives: After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to: 1. Discuss the types of simple and far-reaching c...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

A FABULOUS Way to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

A FABULOUS Way to Prevent Compassion Fatigue is designed for healthcare and behavioral health professionals at risk for burnout, secondary trauma and vicarious trauma. This webinar has been developed to provide you with techniques to deal with personal and professional stress. Discover eight essential elements of the FABULOUS Principle: F: Flexible thinking; A: Attitude; B: Boundaries; U: Understanding strengths and resilience; L: Laughter; O: Optimism; U: Being united; and S: Self-kindness an...
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Reaching Through Sorrow to Legacy

We appreciate too little the vital role that remembering the dead plays in the process of relearning the world after loss. Our physical and social surroundings, and even aspects of our selves, are filled with painful reminders of separation from those we grieve. So too are they filled with less difficult reminders of the stories of our loved ones’ lives, their characters, and how they touched and shaped us, our families and our communities. As we reach through the sorrow that shadows memorie...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Working With Multiple Losses

When people experience multiple losses from death in a short period of time, they often experience what Kastenbaum calls “Bereavement Overload.” Their grief may seem overwhelming or manifest itself in physical and psychological symptoms' they may become shut down. In this webinar, Dr. Worden will present strategies for helping these grievers jump-start the healing in a way that feels safe and enables them to better process their grief.
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The Role of Oxytocin in Traumatic Stress

Early adverse experience dramatically increases the risk for psychiatric disorders in adulthood. The neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) plays a seminal role in mediating social affiliation, attachment, social support, maternal behavior, and trust, as well as protection against stress and anxiety. In this study of an urban community sample, 906 participants were assessed for history of childhood abuse, other trauma exposure, treatment for depression and anxiety disorders, suicide attempts, and current ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Advanced Workshop on Cognitive Processing Therapy

The purpose of this workshop is to provide advanced training in the implementation of cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for PTSD and related comorbid disorders. Please attend this workshop only if you have implemented CPT with trauma victims prior to attendance. The CPT protocol will be reviewed in only the most cursory manner, so participants are asked to review the protocol and generate their questions and case examples prior to the workshop. The content will be driven by the therapeutic is...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The Importance of Organizational-Level Factors in the Delivery of Trauma-Informed Interventions

The success of organizations that provide community-based mental health services is partly dictated by such higher order factors as federal and state regulations, funding, and collaborations among service systems. A lower-order (but just as important) factor associated with success is the organization’s establishment of a social context of shared clinicians’ expectations, perceptions, and attitudes – key attributes that are predicted to influence the adoption of empirically-supported tre...
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Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research for the Treatment of PTSD

The majority of people who seek psychiatric care have histories of trauma, chaos, or neglect. PTSD is only one possible adaptation to trauma ? it rarely exists by itself, and it does not take account of the differential effects of trauma at different stages of mental and brain development. In the past two decades there has been not only an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self, but also about what constitutes effective inter...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The Clinician's Guide to Survival as an Expert Witness: One Unwelcomed Challenge of Working in the Field of Traumatic Stress

The role as an expert witness is one of the most challenging and potentially anxiety-provoking experiences in the life of a clinician. Clinicians working in the field of trauma are dealing with patients who are often victims of crime or accidents. This fact may draw clinicians into the role of an expert witness against their choice. Not only are one’s clinical diagnostic skills under scrutiny, but also a practitioner’s broad knowledge of the literature in the field can be challenged by ho...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

From the Battle Front to the Home Front: The Need for a Public Health Approach to Deployment Mental Health

While it is natural to assume that each nation that wages war would have a national system that meets the mental health needs of the war fighter/veteran and his/her family, there is often a significant disconnect in care once focus shifts from the battlefront to the home front. This tends to be true whether or not that nation has a specialized veterans’ health system or a national health system. This webinar will examine this disconnect from an international perspective, propose a publi...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Introduction to Complicated Grief Treatment

This webinar will provide an introduction to assumptions, principles and procedures used in a treatment for complicated grief (CG) that has been shown to be efficacious in a randomized controlled trial. The treatment is being used in centers around the world and by clinicians across the country. The presentation includes criteria that can be used by clinicians interested in identifying and treating individuals with CG. The current proposal for including this syndrome in DSM-5 will be discussed...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Harnessing the Healing Power of Relationships: Reconceptualizing PTSD and Enhancing Treatment

Harnessing the Healing Power of Relationships: Reconceptualizing PTSD and Enhancing Treatment with Candice Monson, PhD To date, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has largely been conceptualized from an intrapersonal perspective, focusing on biological and intrapsychic factors that serve as risk and resilience factors. This presentation reviews evidence supporting the integral role of interpersonal variables in trauma recovery and the integration of these factors in a cognitive-behavior...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Getting Researchers and Clinicians to Play Nice: Building a Bridge to Span the Gap Separating Practitioners and Researchers

Counselors, psychologists and social workers depend on the work of researchers to inform their practice. Seasoned therapists understand that pulling from a multitude of current grounded theory gives their clients the best chance for a healthy life. Researchers depend on counselors, psychologists and social workers to utilize and inform their work. They strive to develop grounded theory to provide for their consumers, the therapists. Those on both ends of the spectrum strive for common ground. ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Earn Continuing Education Credit For Reading Articles in the Journal of Traumatic Stress

The International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies offers a continuing education credit program through the Journal of Traumatic Stress (JTS). Three articles per JTS issue provide the opportunity for continuing education credits. We offer 1 year subscriptions to the Journal CE program as well as flexible ways to purchase exams for credit. Participation in this program is simple and convenient. Read the article either from your print or online Journal, or access the article after you have r...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

New Theories of Grief: Going Beyond Kübler-Ross

Although grieving the death of a loved one remains identified in the public imagination with a sequence of emotional stages beginning with shock and denial, and moving through phases of anger, bargaining and depression before concluding in acceptance, recent evidence strongly challenges this model, as the path taken through grief is influenced greatly by the character of the loss and the characters of the bereaved themselves. In consequence, contemporary grief theories emphasize the subtle di...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Creating Meaningful Memories

Utilizing both cross-cultural research and clinical experience, this presentation will help learners discover key characteristics to be included in death-related rituals, including funerals, memorial services, bedside rituals, and anniversary observances. Learning Objectives: Articulate key characteristics of effective memorial rituals. Describe culturally-sensitive examples of memorial rituals. Develop strategies to help clients and families create therapeutically-appropriate ritual o...
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Working With Children and Grief in Today's World

This session recognizes a multitude of loss and grief issues faced by children in a contemporary world. Through the use of case studies, participants will learn how to use clinical techniques with grieving children. They will gain an awareness of common responses to grief in children, the tasks of grief and the myths associated with grieving children. Learning Objectives: Upon participation in this session, participants will be able to: Identify common signs of grieving children. Ap...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Grief After Suicide: How Does Suicide Change the Grieving Process?

While it shares some of the characteristics of all traumatic losses, suicide often presents unique challenges for mourners and for those who would help them. People mourning the loss of a loved one to suicide (known as suicide survivors) face a complex set of recovery tasks. These include making sense of a death that often makes no sense, sorting out responsibility for and preventability of the death, dealing with shock and horror at the manner of death, dealing with the impact on family relat...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Impact of Medicine on Dying in America

With the advent of the scientific method, it was felt that all human problems could be solved with the application of science. In medicine, this meant that physicians came to see illness as something to be conquered and death as an event to be avoided. As death came to be conceived as failure by the medical community, especially in America, anything that might be used to delay, redirect or even extend the dying process came to be considered as a viable option. It was at this point that the ...
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Cultural Perspectives on Dying, Death and Grief

There are no truths or facts about dying, death and grief that are free of culture. This webinar provides an overview of how people from various cultures understand and experience dying, death and grief and also what, from their cultural viewpoint, constitutes desired help. The webinar will provide examples of cultural variations in: the meanings and understandings of dying, death and grief the multiple losses that can occur with a death the concept of a "good" death what is ...
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Lifting the Fog: An introduction to Complicated Grief Treatment

The American Psychiatric Association is considering the inclusion of complicated grief disorder in the next edition of its diagnostic manual. This webinar will introduce practitioners to principles and procedures that have been shown to be effective as a treatment for complicated grief (CG), as well as review the different criteria sets being considered for inclusion in DSM-V. In this webinar, Dr. Shear will describe the components of her method, Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), and shar...
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Ethical Practice in Grief Counseling (Part 1): Competence, Consent, Confidentiality

Ethical dilemmas are an inevitable part of counseling practice for any healthcare professional. For those difficult times, are you familiar with a credible, accessible decision-making model to apply? How do you know what is the best thing to do for clients and families, while at the same time honoring your professional standards and maintaining personal integrity? In this webinar, Dr. Louis Gamino will teach his "Five P Model" for ethical decision-making and demonstrate its application wit...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Promotion of Resilience Among Parentally-Bereaved Children

No two children grieve the loss of a parent in identical fashion, but some demonstrate more resilience than others. This webinar will explore the concept of resilience in parentally-bereaved children and the research evidence concerning sources of that resilience. Dr. Sandler will discuss how his research and theoretical understanding of those sources translated into the creation of an intervention program called the Family Bereavement Program. You’ll learn about its results after a six-year...
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Coping With the Holidays After a Loss

As the holidays approach, we know that our clients who are grieving the death of a loved one, those caring for someone seriously ill, or being ill themselves, are approaching the holiday season with anxiety and dread. Normalizing their feelings is helpful, but we know from experience and research that planning ahead can help to alleviate some of the stress. This presentation will address these difficult times, important factors such as cultural differences, the importance of rituals and specif...
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Clinical and Practical Uses of the Extraordinary Experiences of the Bereaved

Extraordinary Experiences (EE) are defined as events in which the mourner believes he or she has received a sign or message from the deceased loved one or a divine being. These kinds of Psi Phenomena – extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, precognitive dreams – have historically played a significant role in how individuals cope with the death of a loved one and reinvest in life. Normalizing these experiences can have a major positive impact on the mourner and the course of his/her grief ...
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Ethical Practice in Grief Counseling (Part 2): Multiple Relationships, Internet Counseling, Public Service

Ethical dilemmas are an inevitable part of counseling practice for any healthcare professional. For those difficult times, are you familiar with a credible, accessible decision-making model to apply? In this webinar, Dr. Gamino will review his "Five P Model" for ethical decision-making and demonstrate its application with problems related to: Multiple relationships, which occur when a counselor has some professional or personal connection with a client that exists in addition to the counse...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle

Combat soldiers have often seen the worst humankind has to offer. It changes them in fundamental ways, inflicting emotional, spiritual, social and moral injuries that impact them throughout their lifetime, especially as they face death. Some veterans return from war bitter; some return enlightened; all return with lessons the rest of us need to know. This presentation will help you to understand what our soldiers experience, their wartime traumas and fears, and will enrich your practice and pr...
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Dying in the Hospital Wilderness: How Might it Influence Grief?

Many people believe that rescue from death and a good dying are not incompatible goals. Partly because of this belief, dying in the hospital can assume at least 17 different forms, according to Dr. Chapple’s ethnographic research. How does a clinician, patient or family member navigate this terrain during or after the fact of death? In this webinar, Dr. Chapple will map the landscape of hospital dying, explain its variety and why it can be so traumatizing to participants. Attendees will e...
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Grief Through a Family Lens: Meanings and Methods

Grief is a family affair, yet most of what we know about grief is from an individual perspective. Our understanding and our interventions are for the most part individually focused. In this webinar, Dr. Nadeau will stress the importance of seeing grief through a family lens. She will emphasize how family members interact in their struggle to make sense of their loss. The meanings that a family attaches to a particular death shape how they will grieve, and paying attention to family meanings ca...
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Understanding New Research with Practical Ways to Incorporate it Into Your Practice

As a clinician, I am most interested in research that guides, but does not prescribe, good practice. Research that matters to me helps me make sense of what experience has shown me and opens my eyes to new ways of navigating clinical impasses. If there is new information that has implications for how I work and my ability to help my clients, I want to have it. –P. Kosminsky This webinar is for like-minded colleagues who want to know about recent research and ideas, but may not have th...
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What About Me? Spotting and Addressing Teen Grief

When family tragedies happen, it is usually the adults who get the main attention — fathers and mothers and grandparents. All too often teenage boys and girls are assumed to be able to handle the loss, whatever it was; attention directed to their needs is all too often minimal. Thus it can be said that grieving teens are the forgotten population in the world of grief. In this presentation Ms. Fitzgerald will address the obvious and frequently not-so-obvious signs of real grief in teens suffe...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Trauma Dialogues: Facilitating an Empowered Voice for Homicide-loss Survivors

Violent death is strange territory for any family, as few can envision such a catastrophe striking. Along with the tasks of intense grief and mourning, surviving family members must also wrestle with a host of distressful trauma-spun symptoms that can undermine everyday life-functioning (Rothschild, 2000). Few, if any, are ever prepared to understand and cope with the onslaught of these experiences. Some fear the stress of the homicide will push them to sanity’s edge, and these thoughts, muc...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Beyond Goodbye: A New Approach to Grief Work

Death may end a life, but it doesn’t end a relationship. In this workshop, we’ll explore a new way of doing grief work that helps the bereaved person say good-bye to one aspect of the relationship with a departed loved one, while learning to acknowledge the continuing bond with the deceased and begin a different kind of ongoing, emotional connection. You’ll learn a blend of experiential, meaning-making exercises: • Restorative retellings of the “event story” of the death •...
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Walking With Them: Spiritual Care at End of Life with Pediatric Patients and Their Families

For many years, publications on pediatric hospice and palliative care programs have called for effective spiritual care for pediatric patients and their families. However, there remains a dearth of written material on how to actually provide hands-on spiritual care to dying children and those who love them most. This webinar will provide an introduction to innovative interventions that work for dying children, their siblings and their parents, as they both explore and struggle with issues of ...
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The Challenge of Caring: On Compassion Fatigue, Resilience and Healing

Working with people facing grief, trauma, and life-threatening illness poses critical challenges for the dedicated and highly empathic health professionals who seek to assist them. Extreme levels of distress in patients and families can produce secondary traumatization and burnout in these helpers. Extensive research now documents how these predictable consequences of clinical work with distressed and traumatized individuals can significantly and adversely impact the professional’s personal ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Essential Considerations for Intervention After Sudden, Traumatic Death

This workshop focuses on how the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one presents the mourner with challenging demands stemming from the volatile mixture of loss and trauma. The ensuing combination of grief and traumatic stress often severely disables coping, impairs functioning, and compromises adaptation. The dynamics found in sudden death from accident, disaster, suicide, homicide (including terrorism and war), and acute natural causes (from medical events such as heart attack or stroke, or ...
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Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve

Many individuals believe that if an individual does not show or share sadness or express other emotions, that individual is not in touch with or is suppressing grief. In fact, grief reactions are highly individual and varied. Many men and women may express their grief in more instrumental ways, showing grief in more cognitive or active manifestations. This session explores the different patterns or styles of grief, emphasizing that each of these patterns has its own distinct advantages and dis...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Palliative and Grief Care Around The World

This webinar will expose attendees to the wide variety of palliative care and grief practices around the world that can help us think in new ways about the way we practice and broaden our understanding of the experience of care surrounding the end of life through other cultural lenses. Palliative care always includes addressing the needs of those grieving both before and after death occurs. In this webinar, through case example and lecture, you will learn about the status of palliative care...
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