NESTTD

NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY FOR THE TREATMENT
OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION




Fundamentals

of Complex Trauma & Dissociation

Overview

Many trauma experts formulate their therapeutic approaches to clients on the basis of their conceptualization of "complex traumatic stress disorders." Yet what are these? The renowned researcher and clinician, Bessel van der Kolk says, "Dissociation is the essence of trauma," and yet few graduate schools teach anything about dissociation. Our most challenging clients struggle with the long-term effects of insecure or disorganized attachment compounded by the impact of multiple instances of overt trauma. This program is designed for graduate students, behavioral health and social service providers, and psychotherapy providers who are new to learning about and working with the complex trauma spectrum. Topics introduced in the morning plenary session will include the concept of developmental trauma, attachment research, basics of relevant neurobiological research, core challenges of trauma survivors, assessment of dissociation and dissociative disorders, differential diagnoses, barriers to collaborative therapeutic relationships, and goals of therapy. The afternoon workshops will allow for exploration of more specific aspects of helping clients with the impacts of trauma and dissociation.

Value

Starting at just $35 for students up to $80 dollars for a regular ticket you won't find a better deal around. We know you have a busy schedule, that is why we have packed a ton of information about serving clients with trauma and disassociation into just one day! After attending a morning plenary as well as two afternoon workshops of your choice you are even eligible for 6 Continuing Education credits.

Pricing

$80.00*

*CEs cost $20 per registrant.


Student – $35.00*

*CEs cost $20 per registrant.


Any one working in an agency who is not in private practice and/or those who are retired from the profession.

*CEs cost $20 per registrant.


Group Discount: 

Any group of 4 or more registrants who register at the same time with one check or credit card will receive a 10% discount. $288 for 4; $432 for 6, etc. please call the NESTTD office 508-964-2234 with credit card information or send check.

*CEs cost $20 per registrant.


*CEs cost $20 per registrant.


Students & Faculty: $35.00*

Must be current students or faculty.

*CEs cost $20 per registrant.


Structure of the Day

Fundamentals is made up of two parts, the first a morning plenary, followed by your choice of two afternoon workshops. With the afternoon workshops we have three suggested tracks that one could choose, but the final decision falls to you as to what fits your interests the best.

Morning Plenary

by Sandy Dixon, PsyD

Many trauma experts formulate their therapeutic approaches to clients on the basis of their conceptualization of "complex traumatic stress disorders." Yet what are these? The renowned researcher and clinician, Bessel van der Kolk says, "Dissociation is the essence of trauma," and yet few graduate schools teach anything about dissociation. Our most challenging clients struggle with the long-term effects of insecure or disorganized attachment compounded by the impact of multiple instances of overt trauma.  This program is designed for graduate students, behavioral health and social service providers, and psychotherapy providers who are new to learning about and working with the complex trauma spectrum. Topics introduced in the morning plenary session will include the concept of developmental trauma, attachment research, basics of relevant neurobiological research, core challenges of trauma survivors, assessment of dissociation and dissociative disorders, differential diagnoses, barriers to collaborative therapeutic relationships, and goals of therapy. The afternoon workshops will allow for exploration of more specific aspects of helping clients with the impacts of trauma and dissociation.

A Note

In between the Morning Plenary by Sandra Dixon PsyD and the afternoon workshops there will be a short lunch.

Below are the options for the afternoon workshops. You'll notice that we have designated pairs of workshops are labelled together as tracks. These tracks are completely optional, you can choose any of the three offered workshops in Session 1 and pair it with any of the three offered workshops in Session 2. The tracks are merely suggestions of workshops that pair well together to give a deeper dive into one subject area.

If you want to learn more about our workshops, speakers and more visit our Fundamentals Expanded page!

Session 1

(1:15 - 2:45)

Session 2

(3:00 - 4:30)

Track 1


Treating Complex Childhood Traumaby Targeting the Building Blocks of Resilience: An Overview of the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework

by Julie Thayer, PsyD

This workshop will provide an introduction to the Attachment, Regulation and Competency framework, a core components treatment model developed to provide a framework for intervention with youth impacted by complex trauma and their caregiving systems. It will provide an overview of complex childhood trauma, explain the core intervention targets of ARC, and utilize experiential activities, discussion, and case application to demonstrate the implementation of the ARC framework with children and their surrounding systems.

Somatic Regulation and Embodied Attunement: An introduction to Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), a bottom up therapy for children and adolescents impacted by complex trauma

by Heather Finn, LICSW

SMART is an innovative mental health therapy for complexly traumatized children and adolescents for whom regulation of emotional, behavioral and interpersonal life is a primary problem. The goal of SMART is to expand the repertoire of regulating experiences for children and their caregivers with the aim of nurturing healing and growth. This innovative, child led, treatment approach utilizes movement, multi-sensory tools, and embodied play to support improved regulation, attachment building and more integrated processing of traumatic experiences. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), through exploring the essential role that Somatic Regulation and Embodied Attunement play in improving co-regulation, developing rhythms in relationship, and supporting self-regulation for children, adolescents and their caregivers. Participants will learn how to identify and utilize tools of regulation in therapy to support children and adolescents in becoming more organized, flexible, expressive, and able to engage effectively in the present moment.

Track 2

Internal Family Systems (IFS): A Practical Introduction for Clinicians Working with Trauma & Dissociation

by Robert Bonazoli, LICSW

This workshop will offer an overview of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) framework for understanding trauma and dissociation, and offer some practical, immediately usable tools to begin to integrate this frame. The purpose of this workshop will not be to dive fully into the mechanics of the formal IFS model, but instead to develop a shared understanding of its core assumptions and concepts and to develop and practice a concrete basic toolbox based on that framework which clinicians can immediately put to work. It will also serve as a primer for those interested in pursuing formal IFS training.

Exploring the Relationship between Spirituality, Trauma Treatment, and Self-Care

by Peter Pruyn (pronounced "Prine"), LMHC

Have you ever had the experience of doing trauma therapy with a client and something happens that is so meaningful that words fail to describe it, something that feels in some way transcendent or inspires a sense of awe? This workshop will explore the possibility and implications of seeing trauma treatment as a spiritual practice. This workshop will begin with a brief centering exercise.  Participants are asked to arrive as on-time as possible in order to participate.  As a first step, participants will engage in an individual exercise to explore what spirituality means to them. This exercise can also be used with clients regardless of spiritual or religious background. Participants will then apply the results of this self-reflection to explore how their sense of spirituality informs their own self-care practices. Finally, we will discuss how a spiritual understanding of self-care might inform our trauma work with clients.

Track 3

Recognizing and Assessing Dissociative Phenomena in Your Office

by Wendy Forbush, LICSW

Using clinical examples, this workshop will illustrate how dissociative symptoms appear in complex traumatic stress disorders, with particular attention to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of distinguishing the nature and extent of dissociation for case conceptualization and treatment planning.

Therapy and Treatment of Clients with Dissociative Disorders

by Sandy Dixon, PsyD

Expanding on the plenary material, this workshop will broadly provide a framework for therapy, in general, for clients who are experiencing significant dissociative symptoms. This will include a closer look at the 3-stage model and specific interventions in stage 1, as well as general interventions in stage 2. Additionally, this workshop will explore specific and expected therapeutic challenges that often arise when working with this population, along with ideas for helping providers understand and respond to them.

Please Note: Once you have registered for this event you cannot change your workshop choices.


NESTTD
PO Box 772,
Hingham, MA 02043
(508) 964-2234
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