From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders | Cross 2023
This course was created to give clinicians a solid education in how to identify and work with complex trauma and dissociation. The first part of this course covers guidelines for treatment and how to fulfill those guidelines in the process of therapy. Students will learn how to recognize the signs of complex trauma and dissociation, and understand the effects of trauma on the development and functioning of adult clients. They will be taught the relevant assessment tools to use, and how to structure therapy to be most effective for clients with all levels of traumatic experiences. Students will also learn how working with traumatic material challenges both client and therapist, and how to meet the relational challenges that may emerge in therapy. Special features that are common with dissociative clients will be covered, along with the skills necessary for the successful treatment of dissociation in clients. The course includes literature review and discussion, lecture and the explorations of a teaching case, “The Case of Harold.”
The second part of this course is a continuation of the Part I course. This course covers opening treatment of dissociative disorders, disorganized attachment, neurobiology, self (ego) states, treatment and techniques, self-care, suicidality and self-injury, affect and sensate regulation, and integration techniques. Students must be prepared to discuss theories as applied to the treatment of their own client. Each student will be expected to select one or two clients to discuss in class. The case of Harold used in Part I may also be utilized during class discussions.
Course Format: 16 sessions Live Teleseminar; 2.5 hour sessions each.
Course Dates: 2023: April 6, April 20, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 20, Aug 3, Aug 17, Aug 31, Sept 14, Sept 28, Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 9, Dec 7
Meeting Time: THURSDAYS | 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Course Completion Requirements
Course completion requires live attendance, participation in sessions, and completion of session and overall evaluations. APA and ASWB credit cannot be awarded for watching the recording of a session. Please be advised that all courses have a course closure date, which is the last day of the month following the last session. All requirements must be completed by the course closure date. At that time, the course will no longer be accessible to participants who have pending tasks and credit cannot be retrieved at a later date.
APA: Participants must attend all sessions live (at least 50 minutes of every 60 minutes | For a 2.5 hour session participants must be present for at least 125 minutes out of the full 150 minutes). APA Credit is not awarded for any missed sessions, nor for partial attendance that does not satisfy the aforementioned criteria. Credit will only be awarded for individual sessions in which live attendance requirements are successfully met and session evaluations are complete. At the end of the course, certificates will be automatically populated upon the completion of the final overall course evaluation.
ASWB: Participants must attend all live sessions (at least 50 minutes of every 60 minutes | For a 2.5 hour session participants must be present for at least 125 minutes out of 150 minutes). If you are absent for an individual session or do not meet the aforementioned criteria, you are no longer eligible to earn ASWB credit at the completion of the course. *ASWB participants must be present and meet minute criteria for every single session throughout the course. ASWB certificates are manually processed by ISSTD staff and will be awarded via email approximately two weeks after the course closure date.
ISSTD Certificate Program: Participants must attend 8 out of 12 sessions (at least 50 minutes of every 60 minutes | For a 2.5 hour session participants must be present for at least 125 minutes out of 150 minutes). Those who attend the required number of sessions will be awarded 30 ISSTD Certificate Program credits. No certificate is awarded for certificate program credits.
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Licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, accredited psychotherapists, etc.) who are interested in developing their skills in treating clients with complex trauma and dissociative disorders. For Part II of the course, students should have completed Part I (or the equivalent), and have at least one client with a dissociative disorder in treatment.
This course content is at the beginning/intermediate level.
Richard Cross is a Fellow of ISSTD; he undertook his first training through ISSTD in 2003 and has been a member since then. He is particularly interested in delivering training to professionals to support expanding knowledge around complex trauma and dissociation. His career for over 30 years has focused on working within relational approaches to address the areas associated with attachment, trauma and dissociation. He is a Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist & Child Psychotherapist, and Hypnotherapist working in the United Kingdom.
His early career was focused on developing relationally based treatments within correctional environments to reduce recidivism (Advanced EQUIP, A-SOTP etc.) and the management of democratic prison-based Therapeutic Communities for . He collaborated and spent time in the USA to bring the Sanctuary Model, the first trauma Informed approach in the UK, in 2004. Since then, he has developed a multi-component approach called ATIC (attachment and trauma-informed care).
He is currently:
- Director of two social enterprises (MCTS & MLC) in the United seeking to support the application of effective trauma-informed care and approaches
- Head of Assessment & Therapy for a large specialist team of psychologists and therapists at Five Rivers Child Care, supporting children and adolescents in specialist residential and foster care.
- Member of research project group and works in collaboration with University College London and the National Centre for Children and Families to explore the effective early identification of trauma, attachment and dissociation difficulties and explore what the most effective interventions are.
- Director of 'Change For Good', a clinic for dissociative and trauma disorders in Glasgow, Scotland, for adults for over 20 years.
- He is a trustee of The Bowlby Centre in London member of the faculty for the Arizona Trauma Institute and the Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma.
Fees for in-person and teleseminar courses include continuing education (CE) credits. Continuing education credits are available for all teleseminar courses as well as US and Canada-based in-person courses.
Please note that APA certificates will automatically populate upon the completion of the course. ASWB certificates are manually processed by staff and will be sent to eligible participants approximately two weeks after the course closure date.
- 40.00 APAThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- 40.00 ASWB ACEThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 40.00 continuing education credits.
- 40.00 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 40.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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ISSTD Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will only be accepted up to 14 days prior to the first course session. Cancellations are subject to a $45 cancellation fee plus the cost of copyrighted materials. The course fee is not refundable if you withdraw from the course less than 14 days before the start of the course. Once the course starts no new students can be accepted more than one week after the course begins. Please note that to receive ASWB ACE credit, all sessions must be attended. All materials used for this course are subject to copyright laws and are not for duplication or distribution by course participants. Fees must be submitted with registration, and must be submitted in US dollars.
The cost of the copyrighted materials for this course is $15