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6-Day: Clinical Trauma Certification Retreat

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - Sunday, November 1, 2020

Course Description:

This is a training opportunity that is a MUST if you work with traumatized clients – and an opportunity in a serene setting to safety do personal work.

In the beautiful Sedona Mago Retreat Center near Sedona, Arizona, you will spend 6 days filled with transformation and skills-building. Leave transformed and revitalized with the confidence to improve treatment outcomes and heal.

Through didactic illustration and explanation; live and videotaped demonstrations; and a host of experiential exercises including a daily trauma-sensitive yoga practice, this retreat will provide you with the principles of trauma theory, diagnosis, and best practices for effective treatment.

You will be guided through the newly updated traumatic stress disorders – those included in - and those excluded from - the new DSM-5®: Simple PTSD, Complex PTSD, Developmental Trauma Disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder. For all but single incident trauma, the tri-phasic model remains today’s state-of-the-art treatment approach. Once familiar with the phase model of treatment (including each phase’s goals, along with the clinical tools to reach those goals), clinicians will begin to practice using these new tools.
Sleeping Accommodations:

If you would like to be paired up with another potential, unknown attendee to take advantage of the double occupancy rate, please call and let us know. We will aim to pair you up if somebody else registers who also would like to share.

In the meantime, please register at the single occupancy rate. If we are able to pair people, the $200 will be credited.


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Map and Driving Directions
Sedona Mago Retreat is located 40 miles southwest of downtown Sedona and 2.5 hours north of Phoenix. If this is your first trip driving to Sedona Mago Retreat, arrange your driving schedule so you can arrive during daylight hours because it goes through the National Forest and road signs and lighting are limited.

Shuttle Service
AZ Shuttle provides shuttle service from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport directly to Sedona Mago Retreat Center.

Cancellation Policy: Prior to 45 days before the event start date, you will be charged a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after that, you will receive a gift certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

Please contact PESI customer service for information on non-CE seeking to register as a guest for pricing and other details.
  1. Communicate the biological nature of trauma including both the physical and psychological symptoms.
  2. Articulate the Polyvagal Theory as it relates to treating trauma in clients.
  3. Assess need for “psychological first aid” and implement with traumatized clients as appropriate.
  4. Discriminate between the sympathetic and parasympathetic response to trauma and utilize this knowledge for psychoeducation with the client.
  5. By combining functional measures of brain activity (via fMRI) with behavioral measures, developmental neuroscientists continue to investigate and present findings on how subtle early insults to the nervous system (e.g. maternal illness or early childhood abuse and/or neglect) affect both cognitive and emotional functioning throughout the lifespan. Summarize the brain areas implicated in these findings.
  6. Distinguish between the following types of traumatic stress: normal, prolonged, complex and developmental and articulate treatment considerations for each.
  7. Ascertain the clinical implications of traumatic stress symptomology, including hyperarousal, affect dysregulation, dissociation, body memories, and flashbacks.
  8. Employ the most effective somatic techniques to reduce client’s physiological memories, flashbacks and dissociation.
  9. Consider the treatment implications derived from the landmark study: Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.
  10. Explore the ten adverse childhood experiences studied as they relate to clinical treatment.
  11. Diagram the relationship between developmental trauma and the inability to regulate both affect and physiological arousal.
  12. Point out the relationship between developmental trauma and “health-risk behaviors” as it relates to clinical treatment.
  13. Appraise clinical presentation of the following attachment styles: secure vs insecure; insecure; organized vs insecure disorganized.
  14. Implement two specific clinical treatment strategies based on client’s identified management style.
  15. Diagnose the following disorders based on diagnostic criteria and symptomology: Simple Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Developmental Trauma Disorder, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
  16. Instruct clients on various tools for decreasing arousal levels and modulating affect, including mindfulness and guided imagery techniques.
  17. Appraise and design strategies for the client to acquire prerequisite skills for processing trauma via EMDR, including safety within the therapeutic alliance and skills for self-regulation.
  18. Employ two clinical techniques for grounding and centering traumatized clients.
  19. Discuss the clinical implications of using each of the following modalities to process trauma: Gestalt Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
  20. Compare and critique specific trauma treatment interventions derived from each of the following modalities: Gestalt Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
  21. Articulate Shapiro’s Adaptive Information Processing model as it relates to clinical treatment.
  22. Summarize the efficacy of EDMR for processing traumatic memories.
  23. Detail and critique Francine Shapiro’s eight phases of EMDR.
  24. Evaluate Laurel Parnell’s four essential elements of utilizing EMDR in session.
  25. Appraise the clinical applications of Parnell’s modified EMDR protocol for working with complex and developmental trauma.
  26. Explore how both Gestalt and somatic techniques are integrated into EMDR treatment protocols.
  27. Ascertain the importance of resourcing a client with guided imagery prior to processing traumatic content.
  28. Articulate the specific EMDR skills utilized in a clinical setting for processing traumatic memories.
  29. Practice two “cues for safety” based on Steve Porges’ Polyvagal Theory.
  30. Communicate two contraindications for utilizing EDMR interventions for trauma treatment.


Neuroscience’s Current Trauma Paradigm
  • Biological nature of trauma
    • Primer: Research the nervous system and the stress response
    • Polyvagal Theory
  • Trauma’s somatic and sensorimotor sequelae
  • Specific trauma symptoms and their order of appearance
  • Dissociation, body memories and “flashbacks”
  • Traumatic stress: Normal, prolonged, complex and developmental
Trauma and Attachment
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • Primer: Attachment essentials
    • Insecure attachment styles (assessment and primary treatment issues)
      • Avoidant
      • Preoccupied
      • Disorganized type


Assessment and Diagnosis of Trauma Disorders
  • Simple PTSD
  • Complex PTSD
  • Borderline Personality D/O vs. Affect Dysregulation D/O
  • Brain wave activity and cultivating healthy thoughts
  • DTD Developmental Trauma Disorder
The Tri-Phasic Model of Treatment:
  • Stage One: Stabilization and Safety
    • Assessment, rapport, psychoeducation, including medication
    • Recognize and interrupting dissociative episodes and “flashbacks”
    • Practicing “Skills to Stay Stable”
      • Dual awareness
      • Mindfulness
      • Somatic exercises for grounding and centering
      • Techniques for physiological arousal reduction, containment and self-soothing
      • Multi-sensory guided imagery
  • Stage Two: Processing Traumatic Memories
    • Overview of trauma processing modalities
      • Gestalt therapy
      • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP)
      • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
      • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
    • EMDR
      • Overview and demonstration

Under supervision, clinicians will practice multiple sessions for both:
  • Resourcing client
  • Reprocessing traumatic memories


Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD, is president of Integrative Trauma Treatment, LLC, in Havertown, PA. She provides clients an integrative approach to trauma, and treats PTSD in adolescent and adult populations, including clients with eating disorders, sexual trauma, and self-injury. An international speaker on the treatment of trauma, Linda has developed, produced, and presents multi-media workshops on all aspects of psychological trauma.

Linda is the author of the best-selling Trauma Competency: A Clinician’s Guide (PESI, 2010) and 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward (PESI, 2013). She is the producer of the best-selling Interview Trauma DVD series in which she collaborated with the world’s leaders in Trauma: Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.; Peter Levine, Ph.D.; Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCS; Stephen Porges, Ph.D.; Janina Fisher, Ph.D.; and many more.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Linda Curran maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Linda Curran has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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