Session Eight: Applications of Theoretical Models to the Treatment of Complex Trauma

May 2, 2023

Session Eight: Applications of Theoretical Models to the Treatment of Complex Trauma
Content Level: Beginning and Intermediate

Abstract: There are numerous therapies geared to the treatment of complex trauma. In this session we will examine a variety of theories including: Brief Eclectic Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotion-focused Therapy, and Contextual Therapy. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each of these four therapies. From these therapies, we will explore how these models can be used individually or together and drawn on in therapy. Time will be given to discuss case material as it relates to the readings.

Readings:

  1. Gersons, B, Nijdam, MJ, Smit, GE, and Schnyder, U (2020) Brief Eclectic Therapy, (pp. 267-285) in CA Courtois and JD Ford, eds. Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Adults, second edition. NY, NY: The Guilford Press. 
  2. Korn, DL and Shapiro, F (2020) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, (pp. 286-308) in CA Courtois and JD Ford, eds. Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Adults, second edition. NY, NY: The Guilford Press. 
  3. Paivio, SC and Angus, LE (2020) Emotion-focused Therapy, (pp. 332-349) in CA Courtois and JD Ford, eds. Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Adults, second edition. NY, NY: The Guilford Press.  
  4. Gold, SN (2008) Benefits of a Contextual Approach to Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 9:2, 269-292.

Timed Outline:

15 minutes: Discussion of Reading 1 - brief, eclectic therapy, strengths and weaknesses
15 minutes: Discussion of Reading 2 - EMDR, strengths and weaknesses
15 minutes: Discussion of Reading 3 - emotion-focused therapy, strengths and weaknesses
15 minutes: Discussion of Reading 4 - contextual therapy, strengths and weaknesses
30 minutes: Discussion of utilization of models, including in combination in the therapy of those with complex trauma.
60 minutes: Discussion of case materials applying the above readings to disguised cases
 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe various models of verbal therapy as related to the treatment of chronic trauma, including: Brief Eclectic Therapy; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy; Emotion-focused Therapy; and Contextual Therapy
  • Discuss strengths and weaknesses of each of these theories
  • Discuss utilization of combinations of these models in therapy with complex-trauma clients
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 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.
  • 2.50 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 2.50 continuing education credits.
  • 2.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 2.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
Course opens: 
03/01/2022
Course expires: 
07/31/2023
Event starts: 
05/02/2023 - 10:00am EDT
Event ends: 
05/02/2023 - 12:30pm EDT
Rating: 
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Available Credit

  • 2.50 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.
  • 2.50 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 2.50 continuing education credits.
  • 2.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 2.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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