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Complex Forms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


Presenter: Dr. Christine Courtois
3 CE Credits Available for Additional $15 purchase
90 Minutes

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Product Description

Presenter: Dr. Christine Courtois
3 CE Credits available for additional $15 purchase
90 Minutes

Complex posttraumatic conditions often develop in the aftermath of chronic cumulative trauma, particularly severe child abuse and neglect. It can also develop over the course of adulthood. The aim of this webinar is to provide clinicians with an increased understanding of the nature, diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions, drawing upon recent clinical writings and empirical findings. Topics to be covered include: types of trauma and complex trauma, variable adaptations to trauma, description of the diagnostic criteria for complex forms of PTSD and the dissociative disorders, treatment philosophy and treatment frame issues, sequenced treatment, and specific strategies and approaches, especially those directed towards affect regulation, ego-enhancement, symptom stabilization, and the maintenance of the client’s functioning. Treatment of various durations and intensities will be discussed. Attendees will be apprised of current advances in treatment as well as controversial issues. The importance of the therapeutic relationship to the treatment will be stressed, as will self-care of the therapist.

Learning Objectives:
Registrants will be able to:
1. Identify the aftereffects of chronic cumulative trauma (particularly during childhood) as a complex posttraumatic condition and will be able to identify criteria of this condition.
2. Gain an understanding of the philosophy and sequencing of treatment for complex posttraumatic conditions.
3. Identify a variety of treatment strategies and techniques for complex posttraumatic conditions.


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