Fundamentals of Complex Trauma and Dissociation

  • 14 Mar 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Lesley University, Brattle Campus, The Washburn Commons, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA 02138


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • 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.
  • Any 4 or more registrants who register at the same time with one check or credit card will receive a 10% discount, or a rate of $72 per person. $288 for 4; $432 for 6, etc. CEs cost $20 per registrant.
  • CEs cost $20 per registrant.
  • Current students and current faculty.
    CEs cost $20 per registrant.

Unfortunately this program has been canceled in response to the potential health risks associated with the coronavirus.  We are exploring the possibility of web-based trainings during this health crisis.


of Complex Trauma

& Dissociation

March 14, 2020 at 9am-4:30pm

Lesley University, Brattle Campus*

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, 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.


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.

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.


To learn more about our workshops, speakers, etc visit our Fundamentals Expanded page!

*This event takes place at Lesley 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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