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The Impact of Early Life Trauma: Clinical and Neurobiological Perspectives

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About the Course:

This webinar explores the clinical and neurobiological implications of early life trauma. Psychiatric symptoms that are comorbid with early life trauma are defined and discussed. Emotional awareness, affect disregulation, and sense of self as related to early life trauma are covered in depth. Specific recommendations to help clients deal with symptoms are delineated.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, The Impact of Early Life Trauma: Clinical and Neurobiological Perspectives created by Ruth Lanius, MD, Ph.D. in 2013.



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Ruth Lanius, MD, Ph.D.

Ruth Lanius, M.D., graduated from the University of British Columbia with a combined M.D. and Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience in 1996. She continued her training at the University of Western Ontario where she completed her residency in psychiatry in 2000. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario. She established and directed the Traumatic Stress Service, a service that specializes in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She also established and directed the Traumatic Stress Workplace Program, a program that specialized in the treatment and research or workplace-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She is currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Psyche and Soma at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neural correlates of PTSD using neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. Her research is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. Dr. Lanius is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals and granting agencies. She has lectured on the topic of PTSD in North America, Europe and Japan

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about clinical and neurobiological implications of early life trauma. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the clinical and neurobiological impacts of early life trauma.

  2. Identify and describe the psychiatric diagnoses and symptoms that are comorbid with early life trauma.

  3. Define and discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD and their relationship with early life trauma.

  4. Discuss the three areas (emotional awareness, affect disregulation, & sense of self) covered in this webinar, the neurobiological implications relevant to these three areas, and how these three areas are affected by early life trauma.

  5. Discuss the recommendations for mental health professionals to use when working with clients with early life trauma and related symptomology.

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Course Number 102048
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