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Treating Complex Trauma: Beyond Competency
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[+] [-] 056370 - Treating Complex Trauma
  1. Formulate how the mammalian arousal cycle and stress response informs current trauma treatment.
  2. Evaluate the application of the Polyvagal Theory to arousal states in clients with complex and/or developmental trauma.
  3. Employ two methods of grounding a dissociated client in session informed by the Polyvagal theory.
  4. Appraise the ACE study and apply its findings to clinical diagnosis and treatment of developmental and attachment trauma.
  5. Construct a de-pathologizing term and reframing behaviors as creative adaptations to dysfunctional environments.
  6. Determine the basics of neurodevelopment in early stages of life and theorize how attachment deficits, left unaddressed, continue to impact adults throughout the lifespan.
  7. Formulate how “attunement” is significant to human development, facilitating psychobiological systems and co-regulation between humans.
  8. Assess interventions for healing attachment-related trauma and constructing paths to earning secure attachment.
  9. Analyze the diagnostic criteria and clinical presentation of a person with Borderline Personality Disorder.
  10. Theorize the trajectory from birth of a highly sensitive infant to an adult with Borderline Personality Disorder.
  11. Distinguish between Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex PTSD diagnoses.
  12. Appraise the diagnostic criteria and clinical presentation of Complex PTSD.
  13. Evaluate the biochemistry of self-harm and its use as a means of affect regulation.
  14. Role-play a compassionate approach to self-destructive behaviors with clients in-session.
  15. Assess the importance of setting firm boundaries in the therapeutic relationship as it relates to setting boundaries can improve treatment outcomes.
  16. Debate the current theoretical basis for addiction treatment (i.e. addiction is a choice or a disease) compared to the biopsychosocial theory of addiction.
  17. Justify support or criticism regarding current use of treatment facilities and 12-step programs for addicted populations.
  18. Evaluate the success of 12-Step programs and support groups in traumatized populations.
  19. Illustrate implementation of Janet’s Tri-Phase Model of Trauma Therapy within the therapy session.
  20. Debate the value of mindfulness as an effective approach to managing triggers across populations.
  21. Perform three mindfulness practices; include any clinical modifications for use with a traumatized population.
  22. Propose how somatic interventions enable clients to extinguish conditioned responses to procedural memories.
  23. Develop an argument for AND against the use of medications with traumatized clients.
  24. Formulate an argument for the use of touch in therapy that incorporates how touch may be incorporated safely into the therapeutic process.
  25. Appraise Shapiro’s 8-Phase Model of EMDR. Define and defend the modifications made to the protocol when using EMDR with clients with complex trauma.
  26. Determine the development of “parts” (component of IFS therapy) that result from trauma and how their function can be used as a resource for clients.
  27. Assess the theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy beyond the archetypal empty chair technique that can be incorporated into trauma treatment planning.

[+] [-] 056370 - Treating Complex Trauma

Part 1

  1. Biological nature of trauma
    1. Triune brain
      1. Reptilian brain
      2. Mammalian brain (limbic system)
      3. Cerebral cortex
    2. Brain/body integration: understanding the brain/body feedback loop
    3. Mechanisms of trauma
      1. Arousal cycle/stress response
        1. mobilization: sympathetic response
        2. immobilization: profound primitive parasympathetic response
    4. Principles informing state of the art clinical interventions
      1. Defense cascade
      2. Freeze response (conditioned response procedural memory)
      3. Dissociative capsule (Scaer)
    5. Treatment implications
  2. Polyvagal Theory (Porges)
  3. Long-term memory
    1. Implicit memory
    2. Explicit memory
  4. DSM-5 trauma diagnoses
    1. Single-incident PTSD
    2. Acute Stress Disorder
    3. PTSD subtypes
      1. Dissociative subtype
      2. Preschool subtype
  5. Trauma Sequelae: chronology of symptom clusters post single incident PTSD
    1. First set – state symptoms
    2. Second set – trait symptoms
    3. Third set – medical symptoms
    4. Trauma symptoms characteristic of early childhood trauma (Scaer)
  6. Adverse Childhood Experiences (Felitti)
    1. Background
    2. Long-term impact on individuals
    3. Correlation with addiction
    4. Public health implications
  7. Attachment
    1. Neurodevelopment (Schore)
    2. Attachment essentials (Bowlby, Ainsworth, Main)
    3. Attachment security and strategies (Siegle, Poole Heller)
    4. Developmental trauma disorder (van der Kolk)

Part 2

  1. Trauma: working definition
  2. Conditions resulting from trauma
    1. PTS
    2. Single incident PTSD
    3. Complex PTSD
    4. Borderline Personality Disorder
  3. BPD
    1. Stigma
    2. DSM criteria
    3. Developmental/attachment trauma
  4. BPD and CPTSD
    1. Parallels
    2. Distinction
  5. CPTSD
    1. Diagnosis
    2. DSM 5 and ICD-11 specifications
    3. Distinct from PTSD (single incident)
  6. Maladaptive behaviors
    1. Function of addictions and self-injury in individuals with trauma
    2. Treatment principles and strategies
  7. Dissociation (Scaer)
    1. PTSD and CPTSD: "dissociative disorders”
    2. Correlation between childhood abuse and re-victimization
    3. Treatment implications
  8. Addiction
    1. Myths
    2. Nature of addiction
    3. Treatment implications
    4. Trauma and addiction (Maté)
    5. 12-step programs and the rehabilitation industry (Dodes)
    6. Rat Park (Alexander)

Part 3

  1. Stage model of trauma therapy
    1. Janet’s tri-phasic model of trauma therapy
    2. Dual awareness (Rothschild)
    3. History taking
  2. Mindfulness and awareness practices
    1. Mindfulness (Hopper)
      1. Embodiment circuitry
      2. Safely integrating mindfulness into trauma therapy
    2. Mindfulness based stress reduction (MSBR) (Kabat-Zin, Rosenbaum)
      1. Program breakdown
      2. “In session”: body scan demonstration
    3. Guided imagery (Naparstek)
      1. Right hemispheric intervention
      2. Applicability with traumatized clients
    4. Mindfulness/bodyfulness
      1. Yoga (Weintraub)
        1. Pacing yoga practice for traumatized population
        2. Effects of trauma on musculoskeletal system
        3. Use of yoga mudras for self-soothing
        4. “In session” with Amy Weintraub
  3. Dialectical behavioral therapy (Pederson)
    1. Discussion
      1. Theory and development
      2. Systematic implication
      3. DBT skills training
        1. Mindfulness
        2. Distress tolerance
        3. Emotion regulation
        4. Interpersonal Effectiveness
      4. DBT tools
    2. “In session” with Lane Pederson
  4. Trauma and medication (Anderson)
    1. The importance of client agency
      1. “I educate; you decide”
    2. Employing IFS when prescribing medications
  5. Somatic experiencing (Levine)
    1. “In session” with Peter Levine
    2. Theory and practice
      1. Somatic reenactment of trauma
      2. Contradicting the sense of fear
      3. Utilizing mirror neurons
      4. Titration and pendulation
  6. Somatic Therapy (Rothschild)
    1. “In session” with Babette Rothschild
    2. Theory and practice
      1. Window of tolerance
      2. Hypoarousal and hyperarousal
      3. Distinct therapeutic interventions for two distinct states

Part 4

  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy (Meichenbaum)
  2. Prolonged exposure (Foa)
    1. Theory development
    2. Applicability
  3. Sensorimotor psychotherapy (Fisher)
    1. Psychoeducation in trauma therapy – utilizing cognitive override
    2. Resourcing clients
    3. Body-oriented and somatic interventions
  4. Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
    1. Theory with field leaders
    2. Shapiros 8-phase model
    3. Clinical modifications for complex trauma
    4. “In session” with Linda Curran
  5. Internal family systems (Schwartz)
    1. Theory and applicability
    2. “In session” with Frank Anderson
    3. Theory development and practice
    4. “In session” with Richard Schwartz
  6. Gestalt therapy
    1. The quintessential trauma therapy
    2. Theory and practice (Schack)
    3. Beyond the empty chair technique
    4. Verbal narrative vs. body narrative
    5. “In session” with Mary Lou Schack
    6. “In session” with David Henrich



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.
Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of Entire Package
[+] [-] Combined Continuing Education Credit From All Components
Breakdown of Continuing Education Credits by Components
[+] [-] 041325 - Trauma Competency: A Clinician's Guide
[+] [-] 045620 - 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions
[+] [-] 056370 - Treating Complex Trauma
  • Addiction Counselors
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[+] [-] 041325 - Trauma Competency: A Clinician's Guide
"...pragmatic...fascinating read." -Robert C. Scaer, M.D.

"It should be in every clinician's office - and in easy reach." -Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.

[+] [-] 045620 - 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions
“Linda Curran's unflagging energy and dedication to the healing of traumatized individuals has led to a voluminous, exciting, and comprehensive, 101 Trauma Informed Interventions. This workbook provides a plethora of effective tools -- traditional as well as innovative -- that can be used in whole or as a part of a course of therapy and also as self-help. The variety of options offered goes a long way towards dispelling the (unfortunately) popular misconception that there are only a limited number of interventions that help people to recover from trauma. Survivors as well as therapists who have been frustrated by the rigidity of strict adherence to evidence based practice will be greatly relieved to find a wealth of useful strategies to experiment, evaluate, and sort into a personally tailored trauma recovery program. This workbook is a god-send for the trauma field, expanding the possibilities for recovery in a most generous way.”
~ Babette Rothschild, MSW author of The Body Remembers and 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery

"Linda Curran has carefully and knowledgeably curated a practical, effective collection of interventions that actually work for trauma survivors. Any clinician committed to helping those suffering from posttraumatic stress needs to have these tools and resources to draw upon, because standard talk therapy, nine times out of ten, is simply not going to cut it. These exercises will."
~ Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal

“Drawing from the whole spectrum of trauma-based therapies, Linda Curran has compiled a sampling of practical exercises designed to help therapists and their clients better navigate the mine field that trauma work can be and find the path to healing.”
~ Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. author of Internal Family Systems Therapy

"101 Trauma-Informed Interventions provides an accessible functional “playbook” for therapists committed to the rehabilitation of the client with a trauma history. In a readable volume Curran integrates diverse approaches of treatment and emphasizes the unique role that trauma plays in mental health. Underlying this eclectic strategy is the common theme emphasizing that healing will only begin when the trauma related feelings embedded in the body are appreciated."
~ Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., author of The Polyvagal Theory

"An interesting compendium of potential interventions that can be interwoven into any therapist's existing conceptual framework"
~ Louis Cozolino, Ph.D., Pepperdine University, and author of 5 books including the best-seller The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, Healing the Social Brain (2nd edition)