Session Six - The second and third phases of treatment of complex trauma
Session Six – Content Level: Beginning and intermediate
The second and third phases of treatment of complex trauma
Once a client is able to establish a reasonable pattern of safety and stabilization movement into the second phase treatment can begin. This phase focuses on processing the traumatic memories. There is often a need to return or remind the client of phase one coping strategies when processing traumatic material in phase two. Phase three of treatment focuses on the integration of material processed in phase two into present and future life. Time will be given to discuss “The Case of Erica” and clinical interventions in the second and third phases of therapy.
After the completion of this class, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the second phase of treatment including, criteria for moving from the first to second phase as well as working though traumatic memory
2. Discuss the third phase of therapy and the process of termination
3. Describe the complex nature of the phase-oriented therapy rather than a linear progressive treatment
4. Discuss the second and third phases of therapy, using the Case of Erica
A. Herman, JL (2015) Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror. NY, NY: Basic Books, Chapters 9 & 10, pp. 175 – 213.
B. Courtois, CA, and Ford, JD (2013) Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach. NY, NY: The Guilford Press, Chapter 6, pp. 144 – 189.
The Case of Erica: Part 4
45 minutes: Discussion of Readings A (chapter 9) and B – second phase of therapy and working with traumatic memory
30 minutes: Discussion of Readings A (chapter 10) and B - third phase of therapy
15 minutes: Discussion of Readings A and B – the complex nature of phase-oriented therapy
75 minutes: Discussion of the Case of Erica, Part 4 and clinical interventions in the second and third phases of therapy
- 2.50 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.