"Fundamentals of Complex Trauma and Dissociation"

  • 18 Mar 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Lesley University, Brattle Campus, The Washburn Commons, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • 97


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Any one working in an agency who is not in private practice and/or those who are retired from the profession.
  • 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.
  • current students and current faculty




MARCH 18, 2017

Lesley University, Brattle Campus, The Washburn Commons,

    10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA 02138


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 and behavioral health and social service providers who are new to learning about and working with the complex trauma spectrum.   Among topics introduced in the morning session will be the concept of developmental trauma, attachment research, basics of relevant neurobiological research, core problems of survivors, assessment, barriers to collaborative therapeutic relationships, and types of therapies.  The afternoon workshops will allow for exploration of more specific aspects of helping clients with the impacts of trauma and dissociation. 


Fundamentals Flyer 2017.pdf

Morning Workshop – General Session

in the Sherrill Library

9-12:30 p.m.

Joanne Twombly, LICSW
Fundamentals of Complex PTSD and Dissociation
About the Presenter: 

Joanne H. Twombly, MSW, LICSW is in private practice in Waltham, MA where she works extensively with people with complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. She also provides trainings and consultation in EMDR and IFS. She has had several book chapters published on EMDR, EMDR and Internal Family Systems, and on working with Perpetrator Introjects. Her commitment to providing the optimal space for healing has resulted in her becoming an EMDR Trauma Recovery HAP Facilitator, a certified consultant in EMDR, Internal Family Systems Certified, and an American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Consultant. She is the past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation and served on various committees and the board of the International Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation where she received their Distinguished Achievement Award in 2010.    


{Continental Breakfast & Lunch Provided}


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     
  • 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. 

This event takes place at Leslie University Brattle Campus.
click here for map:

and here for walking/parking instructions: LESLEY UNIVERSITY BRATTLE CAMPUS Directions.pdf



 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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