From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders | Trana/Sunshaw 2024

July 29, 2024 to February 24, 2025

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: Jul 29, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sep 9, Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 16, 2024, Jan 6, Jan 27, Feb 3 and Feb 24, 2025
Meeting Time: 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM US Eastern Time 

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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 12 out of 16 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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Target Audience

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. 

This course content is at the beginning/intermediate level.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 40.00 APA
    The 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 ACE
    The 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 Program
    This program is eligible for 40.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
Course opens: 
05/18/2023
Course expires: 
03/31/2025
Event starts: 
07/29/2024 - 9:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
02/24/2025 - 11:30pm EST
ISSTD Member cost:
$1,050.00
Your Price:
$1,150.00
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Julie Trana, LCPC
Email: tranacounseling@gmail.com
Julie Trana is a licensed clinical professional counselor working in private practice in Idaho. She specializes in working with adult survivors of interpersonal trauma who are struggling with complex PTSD and dissociative response. She also provides supervision for counselors and social workers seeking to advance their competence of working with trauma. Julie earned her masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in Portland, OR in 2009, and her bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Idaho in 2007. Her work is grounded in psychodynamic and attachment theory, and she incorporates a variety of top-down and bottom-up approaches in her work with trauma survivors. Prior to private practice work, Julie served as the Clinical Director for two community mental health agencies, a non-profit organization serving survivors of interpersonal violence, and assisted with opening a 24-hour community crisis center.

Emma Sunshaw PhD
Emma Sunshaw earned her BS in Human Development, her MS in Professional Counseling, her MDiv in Pastoral Counseling, and her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. She works as licensed clinical counselor and as a chaplain. She served as the ISSTD Professional Training Program Administrator, numerous committees and workgroups, moderates the annual DID Awareness Day webinar, and is currently a member of the ISSTD Professional Training Program faculty. As a licensed clinical counselor, she has been in private practice since 2004, with additional experience in ER triage, inpatient psychiatric, residential treatment, school-based, and outpatient settings. Dr. Christensen has served as the international clinical coordinator for humanitarian aid organizations offering counseling and trauma resiliency training to government leaders, humanitarian aid workers, and first responders in war zones, refugee camps, and natural disaster sites. Besides numerous syndicated articles online about mental health issues, she is the author of the 2019 EJTD article about DID and the Online Community. She is also the author of a "if tears were prayers", a memoir about Dissociative Identity Disorder, as well as a lived experience interactive workbook for those with dissociative disorders. She also has just completed a book about psychodynamic treatment of trauma, and is the editor of a clinical compilation written by several ISSTD members. She lectures internationally about trauma and resiliency, and they are the voice behind "System Speak: A Podcast About Dissociative Identity Disorder", which airs in 96 countries around the world thus far.

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. 

Available Credit

  • 40.00 APA
    The 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 ACE
    The 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 Program
    This program is eligible for 40.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
 
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ISSTD Member cost:
$1,050.00
Your Price:
$1,150.00
There are no more spaces available for this course.

"Your Price" above reflects your final price based on your membership status.

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 $30.

Required Hardware/software

ISSTD uses Zoom for our live teleseminar courses. Information on system requirements can be found here. A guide to live teleseminar courses is available below and in each session of the course in the course portal. 

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