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Things I Wish I Had Been Told About Working With Complex Trauma and Dissociation

About the Course:

Many of us entered the field of complex trauma and dissociation with a notion that helping our clients get better meant resolving traumatic memories. While this is true for most clients, it is far from being sufficient to support both therapists and clients through the challenges of complex treatment. There is little preparation to help therapists understand and cope with the intense emotions that arise in themselves, the overwhelming urges to act and do something to relieve the suffering of a client; the frustrations and impasses; the need to hold intolerable knowing and feeling; the resistances and defenses of the client; the aggression and entitlement of some clients; and vicarious traumatization and burnout. We will explore several specific areas that are helpful for therapists, including recognizing prognostic factors and resistance, managing dependency, shame, and aggression; maintaining therapeutic boundaries; treating dissociative parts as aspects of one person, and most importantly, learning to ride the waves of our own tendencies and strong emotions. Principles of treatment and of self-care will guide our discussion.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Things I Wish I Had Been Told About Working With Complex Trauma and Dissociation created by Kathy Steele, MN, CS in 2021.

Publication Date:

2021 Feb 2021

Course Material Author

Kathy Steele, MN, CS

Kathy Steele, MN, CS has been in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia
since 1985, and is an Adjunct Faculty at Emory University. Kathy is a Fellow and a past
President of the ISSTD, and is the recipient of a number of awards for her clinical and
published works, including the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD. She has
authored numerous publications in the field of trauma and dissociation, including three
books, and frequently lectures internationally on topics related to trauma, dissociation,
attachment, and therapeutic resistance and impasses
Kathy Steele, MN, CS

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify areas in which they struggle with clients who have experienced complex trauma and

  2. Name at least four principles of treatment that support good psychotherapy for complex trauma and dissociation

  3. Discuss the value of clear and predictable boundaries in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation

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Course Material

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Course Number 102989
1.5 credit hour
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  • Recorded Webinar
Exam Fee: $8.96 No exam fee with a membership package!
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