Session Three - Assessment for trauma-based disorders (PTSD and beyond)
Session Three – Content Level: Beginning and intermediate
Assessment for trauma-based disorders (PTSD and beyond)
Complex trauma incorporates the symptoms of simple PTSD and additional symptomatology. In this session, we will review the complexities of the symptom profile of Complex PTSD and we will develop a conceptual understanding. We will find that presenting symptoms often include symptoms found across the DSM-5. The ACE Study elucidates the impact of childhood adversity on the development of complex trauma symptoms. Time will be given to discuss “The Case of Erica” and the development of an “index of suspicion.
After the completion of this class, participants will be able to:
1. Define the DSM-5 diagnosis of PTSD and the symptoms of trauma
2. Discuss other disorders where trauma may be a major factor
3. Review ACE studies
4. Define “index of suspicion” and how it can be applied to clinical work, 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, Chapter 6, pp. 115 – 129.
B. Courtois, CA, and Ford, JD (2013) Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach. NY, NY: The Guilford Press. Chapter 2, pp. 28 – 50.
C. ACEs Science 101
D. Muenzenmaier, K.H., Seixas, A.A., Schneeberger, A.R., Castille, D.M., Battaglia, J. & Link, B.G. (2015) Cumulative Effects of Stressful Childhood Experiences on Delusions and Hallucinations, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 16:4, 442-462.
DSM-5 trauma disorders
PTSD checklist-civilian (PCL-C) – public domain
PowerPoint presentation – Turkus on Ace studies
The Case of Erica: Part 1
15 minutes: Discussion of DSM5 trauma disorders
45 minutes: Discussion of Readings A, B and D- complex trauma and the role of trauma in other disorders and symptoms
30 minutes: Discussion of Reading C – the ACE studies
60 minutes: Discussion of the Case of Erica, Part 1 and develop an “index of suspicion”
- 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.
- 2.50 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 2.50 continuing education credits.
- 2.50 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 2.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.