Fundamentals of Complex Trauma and Dissociation: What Every Clinician Needs to Know

  • 14 Mar 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Boston College Lyons Hall
  • 94


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • This is a special offer emailed to agencies in the area, limited to 25 participants only.

Due to family illness, Dr. Audrey Wagner has withdrawn from presenting this program.  Dr. James Chu will be presenting the morning general session as well as an afternoon breakout session.

Pre-registration is now closed for this event, however we will accept walk-ins.

What is Complex PTSD?  What is Dissociation? How are these diagnoses made?  How is the treatment frame established? What does the overall treatment look like? How do I handle crises?  Trauma survivors often present with complicated clinical pictures.  Because of their often tenuous ability to connect with clinicians, it is frequently difficult to understand their symptoms. In this workshop the nature of dissociation and the ways to assess it will be addressed. It will include an overview of the treatment and ways to establish a secure yet flexible treatment frame.  

This workshop is intended for clinicians who are just beginning to understand the nature of complex PTSD and dissociation.  This workshop is designed to deepen clinicians’ skills in recognizing and working with trauma survivors’ symptoms. We will look at complex PTSD, the continuum of dissociative processes and dissociative disorders, at issues related to somatic and affect regulation, at the therapeutic relationship, and at ways of working with parts and with triggers. The workshop will combine didactic and experiential learning. Participants will leave with concrete “how to’s” for helping clients understand, work with, and begin to transform their symptoms. 

Morning Workshop – General Session


9-12:30 p.m.

James Chu, MD
Fundamentals of Complex PTSD and Dissociation: What Every Clinician Needs to Know


Read more about Dr. Chu here.

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Afternoon Breakouts

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Participants choose the 3-hour breakout OR two of the 1.5 hour afternoon breakouts to complete their day.


1.5 hour breakouts (choose 2)

  • Wendy Forbush, MSW Recognizing and Assessing Dissociative Phenomena in Your Office - Using clinical examples, this workshop will illustrate how dissociative symptoms appear across the spectrum of complex traumatic stress disorders.   Emphasis will be placed on the importance of distinguishing the nature and extent of dissociation for case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Robin Warsh, LICSW - Looking at Personality Disorders through a Trauma Lens - Symptoms or survival skills?  Participants will consider the particular qualities of each of the personality disorders as attempts to stay safe in the grip of a dangerous childhood.  Approaching clients from this viewpoint opens up a range of therapeutic possibilities
  • Rina L. Dubin, Ed.D - We Are Family - How to Understand and Work with Someone Close to Us Who Has Experienced Significant Trauma - This workshop will help treaters feel more skillful in working with the systems that surround their traumatized and dissociated clients. There will be a combination of teaching, discussion, Q & A and experiential.
  • James Chu, MD - Containment and Stabilization Techniques: Beginning the Treatment -  In this workshop we will cover strategies for help individuals better manage their acute symptoms, with a particular focus on self-injurious behaviors


3 hour breakout (choose 1)

  • Joanne H. Twombly, MSW - The Stance of the Trauma Therapist: Surviving and Thriving as a Trauma Therapist  - This workshop will provide the basic principles of staying actively grounded as therapists working with complex PTSD and Dissociative disorder, as well as the opportunity to explore and develop a toolbox of resources to assist with staying grounded. Will include didactic material, experiential exercises and demos.

This event requires a registration fee for both Members and Non-Members. There is no member discount for this event. 

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 1) the basic principles of staying proactively grounded as therapists working with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders; and 2) the opportunity to explore and develop a toolbox of resources to assist with staying grounded. The workshop will include didactic material, experiential exercises, and demos.” 
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