PTP Faculty Training
This course was created to give clinicians a solid education in how to identify and work with complex trauma and dissociation. Part I 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.”
Part II 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: Thursdays; Aug 5, Aug 19, Sep 2, Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 11, Dec 2, Dec 16, 2021, Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, and Mar 24, 2022
Meeting Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm US Eastern Time
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.
Su Baker, MEd
Su Baker, MEd, licensed counsellor and psychotherapist, (private practice, Montreal, QC, Canada) has a Masters degree in counselling psychology from McGill University and training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis and EMDR. She has worked in the field of trauma and dissociation as a therapist and supervisor for more than 30 years and teaches at conferences nationally and internationally.
She was the ISSTD Treasurer for six years, has sat on many ISSTD committees as well teaching in the Professional Training Program of the ISSTD since its inception in 2001. She is currently the Past Chair of the Professional Training Program as well as the Course Director and creator of the Level I Adult course, and co-director and creator, with Joan Turkus, MD, of the Level II and III Adult courses.
She is a fellow of the ISSTD and has received a number of other ISSTD awards. She is the co-founder with John O’Neil and chair of the Montreal Study Group on Trauma and Dissociation (MSGTD), which has been meeting monthly since 1991.
John O'Neil, MD, FRCPC
John O’Neil, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Montreal Québec. He was Assistant Professor of psychiatry at McGill University and staff psychiatrist at St. Mary’s Hospital until his retirement to private practice in June 2018.
He joined the ISSMP&D (now ISSTD) in 1991, and has attended every annual conference since then. His private practice has progressively narrowed to the diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders.
Over the years, he became a Fellow of the ISSTD, and an ASCH Approved Consultant. He has taught in the ISSTD Professional Training Program at all adult levels except the master class, in Montreal and in Burlington VT, and online. John co-taught ISSTD’s day-long introductory workshop for 8 years, and hosted the Town Hall Meetings for 6 years.
In 2009, the 46-chapter book Dissociation and the Dissociative Disorders: DSM-V and Beyond, co-edited by Paul Dell, was published and for which he received ISSTD’s Pierre Janet Writing Award. He is currently an assistant editor of the planned second edition of this book, now being co-edited by ISSTD Past Presidents Martin Dorahy and Steve Gold.
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: 08/20/2020 – 08/20/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 40 continuing education credits.
American Psychological Association (APA)
The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This course is approved for up to 40 APA continuing education credits.
ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for 40 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. Participants must participate live in at least twelve out of sixteen sessions to receive credit.
- 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.