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Working with Complex Interpersonal Trauma: A sequenced, present-centered, relationship-based approach

An online webinar

Speaker: Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP
Date: 21 May 2020, Thursday
Location: Online
Times: 6:00pm to 9:00pm, London, UK time
CPD hours: 3
Ticket price per delegate: £59.99 – £60

Prolonged, cumulative and repetitive interpersonal trauma typically results in multiple and layered effects “on top of” early attachment trauma and / or childhood abuse. These manifestations are further intensified when repetitive trauma occurs over the course of developmental epochs. This presents significant challenges for practitioners and the origins of such complex trauma need to be considered. The client’s presentation itself may be nuanced and indeed complex – spanning neurobiological, psychological, interpersonal and spiritual domains. The observable impact may be lifelong or only appear periodically in rather disguised forms, disconnected from the original trauma. Moreover, in case of additional experiences of trauma in adulthood, these impacts and manifestations may develop de novo.

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Full Course Information

At this evening, online webinar, Dr Courtois provides an overview of aftereffects, specifically considering the neurobiological and dissociative aspects of complex trauma. A sequenced, therapeutic approach that extends beyond the treatment of post-traumatic symptoms, aimed atenhancing affect regulation, symptom stabilisation and the maintenance of client functioning, will be described as significant within a treatment that incorporates relational and attachment emphases. More trauma-focussed strategies which are geared towards trauma processing, resolution, and integration will also be discussed.

Dr. Courtois explains how our approaches need to be relationship-oriented and present- and person-centered where the therapist functions as a catalyst as well as a container for therapeutic issues and related affect. Since interpersonal trauma can also be viewed as an assault on the spirit of the victim, the webinar also suggests how we can pay attention to spiritual aspects as part of our therapeutic approach.

Learning objectives:

  • Comprehend and describe multiple dimensions of complex trauma
  • Describe the after-effects and complexities of complex trauma
  • Consider the spiritual impact of trauma
  • Outline a sequenced therapeutic approach that is relationally-based
  • Identify several evidence-based and evidence-supported interventions for complex trauma therapy as they are applied within a sequenced treatment strategy, based on assessment and client preferences

About the Speaker

Dr Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP works as a consultant and trainer in the field of trauma psychology and its treatment. She was in independent practice for 40 years and has co-authored several books, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (with Dr Julian Ford) for clinicians working with PTSD and complex trauma. Two of her books, namely, Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (Adults): Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models deal with contemporary approaches to the treatment of complex trauma in adults and children/adolescents. Among her other publications are Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma and It’s Not You, It’s What Happened to You.

Dr. Courtois was chair of the recently released Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD in Adults for the American Psychological Association (APA) and for guidelines on the treatment of complex trauma for several professional organizations. She is past president of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has received the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Professional Practice, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence, and most recently the American Board of Professional Psychology, 2016 Distinguished Service Award in the Profession of Psychology.



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