Session One: Trauma and Its History

January 11, 2023

Session One: Trauma and Its History
Content Level: Beginning

Abstract: Complex trauma, now more widely acknowledged, has a history of being “known and not known” over several centuries. This contributes to the difficulties that those suffering from complex trauma encounter when seeking to be understood and treated. What are the differences between “simple” and “complex” trauma and what are the antecedents of trauma from “simple to complex”. Furthermore, how well do mental health professionals recognize a history of trauma, in its various forms, which might indicate complex trauma as a distinct clinical syndrome? Time will be given to discuss case material as it relates to the readings.

Readings:

  1. Herman, JL (2015) Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror. NY, NY: Basic Books, Introduction and Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, pp. 1 – 95. 
  2. Courtois, CA, and Ford, JD (2020), Defining and Understanding Complex Trauma and Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders, (pp. 3 – 34) in CA Courtois and JD Ford, eds. Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Adults, second edition. NY, NY: The Guilford Press. 
  3. Giourou, E., Skokou, M., Andrew, S.P., Alexopoulou, K., Gourzis, P., and Jelastopulu, E. (2018) Complex posttraumatic stress disorder: The need to consolidate a distinct clinical syndrome or to reevaluate features of psychiatric disorders following interpersonal trauma? World J Psychiatr 2018 March 22; 8(1): 12-19 (open access)

Timed Outline: 
45 minutes: Discussion of Reading 1 - history of trauma 
15 minutes: Discussion of Reading 2 - difference between simple and complex trauma
45 minutes: Discussion of Reading 2 - antecedents of simple to complex trauma
45 minutes: Discussion of Reading 3 - recognition of a clinical syndrome resulting from chronic childhood trauma
 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Summarize the history of the understanding of trauma and the resistance to recognizing trauma in its many forms
  • Define the differences between simple vs complex trauma
  • Describe the antecedents of trauma – from simple to complex
  • Discuss the recognition of a clinical syndrome resulting from childhood abuse
     
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: 
01/31/2024
Event starts: 
01/11/2023 - 5:30pm EST
Event ends: 
01/11/2023 - 8:00pm EST
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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