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

  • 12 Mar 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Boston College Lyons Hall
  • 74


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Any 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 office 978-325-3542 with credit card or send check. $20 CE per registrant.


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.

Audrey A. Wagner, Ph.D.
Fundamentals of Complex PTSD and Dissociation: What Every Clinician Needs to Know


Read more about Dr. Wagner here Dr. Wagner.pdf

Download the Fundamentals Flyer 2016.pdf

Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included

Afternoon Breakouts

1:15 - 2 45 and 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Participants choose two of the 1.5 hour afternoon breakouts to complete their day. Each breakout will be repeated at 1:15 and 3:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.


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. Only at 1:15 breakout
  • Tracey A. McHugh, LICSW - Understanding and Managing Self-Harming Behaviors: An Introductory Workshop - This workshop will assist case managers and newer clinicians understand the dynamics and causes of self-injurious behaviors. It will also offer some strategies to assist the client in decreasing the behaviors, while also helping to alleviate the concern of the helping professional. 1:15 and 3:00 PM breakouts
  • Lisa M. Rocchio, Ph.D. - Vicarious Traumatization: The Effects of Trauma Exposure on the Helping Professional -Participants in this workshop will learn how to assess the effects of their own trauma exposure and will acquire practical strategies for ameliorating and transforming the effects of vicarious traumatization in themselves and their work. Attendees will learn specific strategies for preparing themselves to work in the field of traumatic stress and interpersonal violence.  1:15 and 3:00 PM breakouts
  • Audrey A. Wagner, Ph.D.- Consultation Clinic - Do you have questions or concerns about a particular client? Are you feeling stuck? In this workshop, we will focus on a few client situations. If you would like to present, please prepare a brief summary of your client's situation along with your questions. If you would like to listen, please bring your curiosity. 1:15 and 3:00 PM breakouts
  • 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. 1:15 and 3:00 PM breakouts

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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