NESTTD

NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY FOR THE TREATMENT
OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION




Fundamentals

of Complex Trauma & Dissociation

March 13, 2021 at 9am-4:30pm

Via Zoom Meeting

Coordinator:  Alexandra Wells, MSW, LICSW


Overview

The program begins with our Morning Plenary from 9:00- 12:30. 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. After a lunch break, attendees can choose from a collection of afternoon workshops for a further learning in specific areas of trauma treatment and dissociation. Workshop topics include: addressing the intersection of race and culture through the therapeutic alliance within trauma treatment, tools for assessing and treating dissociation, exploring the role of spirituality within trauma treatment, and tools for embodiment work with youth and families. Our list of afternoon workshops can be found below:


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 dissociation 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

Student – $35.00


Agency Employee/Retired: $50.00

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


Group Discount: $288.00*

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.

BIPOC clinicians and students are invited to attend free of charge.

$20 for 6 CEUs.

Register here!

Link to registration page

Structure of the Day

Fundamentals is made up of two parts, the first a morning plenary, followed by your choice of two afternoon workshops. Each workshop session has three options from which you may choose.  A description of this year's workshops follows below.

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.


Self care 

To keep our bodies and minds engaged, the plenary will  include two trauma-informed guided movement breaks, led by Karen Schwartz, TCTSY-F, C-IAYT from Justice Resource Institute (JRI).In between the Morning Plenary by Sandra Dixon PsyD and the afternoon workshops there will be a short lunch.


Afternoon workshops

Below are the options for the afternoon workshops.  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. 

Session 1 starts at 1:15pm and ends at 2:45pm.

Session 2 starts at 3:00pm and ends at 4:30pm.

Session 1 Workshps (Choose one):

Recognizing and Assessing Dissociative Phenomena in Your Office

by Rae Cuffe, LICSW

This workshop is geared to newer clinicians or seasoned clinicians and other professionals who seek to learn more about dissociation, and you will leave this seminar with greater knowledge of how to recognize dissociative symptomatology. The primary focus will be on two main dissociative diagnoses (OSDD and DID, DSM 5), and this presentation will cover such things as differential diagnosing, learning how to identify the signs of a client who experiences amnesia, and vital “next steps” to take in the assessment phase of treatment.

Speaker Bio:

Rae Cuffe LICSW received her Masters in Social Work in 2011 from Wheelock College here in Boston. She has her own private practice in the Financial District of downtown Boston.

Rae specializes in treating the full range of trauma and dissociative disorders, with a particular interest in college-aged youth. In August 2019, Rae completed the 5-Day EMDR Child Complex Trauma & Dissociation Specialist Intensive Program, and a few years previous, she participated in a 9-month Trauma Certificate Program at The Trauma Center at JRI from Sept 2016-May 2017. Rae presented at An Infinite Mind’s first conference in Boston in 2019. She is also a member of NESTTD.



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

This workshop will provide a basic introduction to Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), through exploring the essential role that Somatic Regulation plays in supporting children, adolescents and their caregivers heal from experiences of chronic stress and adversity. This child centered treatment approach utilizes movement, multisensory tools, and embodied play to support improved regulation, attachment building and more integrated processing of traumatic experiences. 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. Methodology: Learning methods include didactic presentation, viewing clinical video, and large group experiential online. Learning Objectives: 1) Participants will be able to identify 3 ways that Developmental Trauma impacts children’s and adolescent’s functioning. 2) Participants can recognize at least 3 Sensory Inputs used in SMART to support Somatic Regulation 3) Participants will be able to use the Developmental Hierarchy to help differentiate when youth will benefit from interventions focused on “bottom up” Somatic Regulation approach compared to a “top down” cognitively based approach.

Speaker Bio:

Heather Finn, LICSW is a practicing psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults who have been impacted by chronic adversity and traumatic stress. She graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in 2001 and has nearly 20 years experience working with trauma impacted individuals in both outpatient and residential treatment settings. In her tenure at the Trauma Center at JRI Heather served as the Clinical Director, a contributing developer of the Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) model, and lead co-author of the article The Boy Who Was Hit in the Face: Somatic Regulation and Processing of Preverbal Complex Trauma, published through the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma in 2017. Heather is currently a founding partner of SMARTmoves, LLC providing supervision, consultation and training in SMART to clinicians working in both outpatient and residential treatment programs. She has particular interest in the healing role that movement and embodied treatment interventions can have in healing from adversity, supporting relational growth and enhancing resilience on individual, family and community levels. In addition to her work with SMARTmoves, LLC, Heather also maintains a private practice where she provides adolescent and adult psychotherapy and parent consultation in Boston, MA.



Courage on the Couch: Trauma-Informed Leadership in the Therapeutic Alliance

by Fatimah Finney, LMHC

This workshop explores the role of therapists within the therapeutic relationship when navigating complex trauma with Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) clients. It invites attendees to pause and reflect on how they assess and hold space to treat trauma symptoms. Through case study review and experiential reflection, it reimagines how therapists can engage their leadership capacity to facilitate change and healing in their client’s lives. 

Speaker Bio:

Fatimah Finney, LMHC, is a serial goal-setter, lover of new ideas, and imaginative thinker. She owns a private practice where she uses Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy as a framework for healing. She infuses her training as a yoga instructor to help her clients attune to themselves more deeply. Through workshops and consultation, Fatimah has shared her expertise and unique voice with health organizations, college campuses, fellow therapists and other consumers across the country. Prior to opening her private practice, Fatimah spent the majority of her career providing in-home therapy to children, adolescents and adults in Boston. As a clinical supervisor and clinic director, she cultivated a strong commitment to supporting clinicians to increase their cultural competence and clinical fluency with diverse populations.

Session 2 Workshops (Choose one):

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.

Speaker Bio:

Sandra Dixon, Psy.D., received her masters degree in 2003 and doctorate in clinical psychology in 2005 from Antioch University New England. She has a private practice in Arlington, MA. In addition to providing therapy for individuals and couples, she consults with the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, providing expert medical opinions and assessment for veteran clients and guest lectures at Harvard Law School on trauma and working with veterans.

She was previously on the faculty at William James College, teaching graduate students in the clinical psychology doctoral program about working with clients who have experienced trauma and working with veteran clients.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD), and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). She is co-chair of the Program Committee of NESTTD.


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


by Peter Pruyn, 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.

Speaker Bio:

Peter Pruyn, LMHC, (pronounced "Prine") is a psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of trauma. He is influenced by humanistic, psychodynamic, and mindfulness approaches and utilizes EMDR, spirituality, and expressive therapies including art, sandtray and music. Peter interned at a shelter for homeless veterans and the Lesley University Student Counseling Center, and has worked at a methadone clinic in the South End and a community mental health clinic in Everett. He is a member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma & Dissociation and is currently in private practice in Cambridge. His favorite self-care activities include piano, meditation, cycling, writing, guitar, photography and improv comedy.



Courage on the Couch: Trauma-Informed Leadership in the Therapeutic Alliance



by Fatimah Finney, LMHC

This workshop explores the role of therapists within the therapeutic relationship when navigating complex trauma with Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) clients. It invites attendees to pause and reflect on how they assess and hold space to treat trauma symptoms. Through case study review and experiential reflection, it reimagines how therapists can engage their leadership capacity to facilitate change and healing in their client’s lives. 

Speaker Bio:

Fatimah Finney, LMHC, is a serial goal-setter, lover of new ideas, and imaginative thinker. She owns a private practice where she uses Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy as a framework for healing. She infuses her training as a yoga instructor to help her clients attune to themselves more deeply. Through workshops and consultation, Fatimah has shared her expertise and unique voice with health organizations, college campuses, fellow therapists and other consumers across the country. Prior to opening her private practice, Fatimah spent the majority of her career providing in-home therapy to children, adolescents and adults in Boston. As a clinical supervisor and clinic director, she cultivated a strong commitment to supporting clinicians to increase their cultural competence and clinical fluency with diverse populations.

(Same Workshop as in Session one)


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


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