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Claudia Black, MSW, Ph.D

Healing From Loss and Abandonment

12.0 CE Hours Available

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To grow up with the dynamics of loss, be it from living with addiction, violence, or simply unavailable parents, creates a legacy of internalized shame that is a major contributor to the rampant addictions in our culture. This seminar is a combination of didactic and experiential facilitation offering a variety of clinical strategies pertinent to healing the generational repetition of addictive/affective disorders.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe relationship of loss and abandonment to shame-based defenses
  • Recognize role of loss and abandonment with addictive/affective disorders
  • Describe a variety of cognitive behavior strategies to intervene with emotional reactivity

Topics Covered

Complex Trauma Defined
  • Onset (usually involves or includes childhood trauma)
  • Duration (prolonged, usually extends to adulthood)
  • Frequency (multiple exposures)
  • Relational (usually interpersonal)
  • Complexity (multiple victimization modalities)
Clinical Presentation
  • Affect dysregulation
  • Chronic PTSD
  • Overdeveloped avoidance strategies (including dissociation and substances abuse)
  • Deep (as opposed to surface) cognitive structures regarding self
  • Insecure attachment-related relational schemata that are easily triggered by interpersonal contact
  • Borderline Personality Disorder reconsidered
Treatment: The Self-Trauma Model
  • The Therapeutic Window
  • The balance between therapeutic challenge and overwhelming internal experience
  • Intensity control, sequence of goals
Intervening In Trauma Symptoms
  • Central aspects of trauma processing Exposure, activation, disparity, extinction/counterconditioning, and resolution
Exploration of Memories
  • Therapeutic exposure
  • Intensity and titration as function of affect regulation capacities- the Window
  • The client's need for avoidance/dissociation
  • Levels of trauma processing :Abstract, Narrative, Reliving/Sensory
Intervening In Impaired Self-reference
  • Safety and support in therapeutic relationship
  • Exploration of self (development of self-knowledge and selfdirectedness)
  • Didactic/Linehan-type interventions
  • Repetitive exposure and processing as affect regulation training
Cognitive Interventions
  • Activating and processing relational schema and other "deep structures" in the context of the therapeutic relationship
  • Reconsidering "transference"
  • Reconsidering "countertransference"
More Cognitive Interventions
  • Window work for relational flashbacks - Cognitive activation within the therapeutic window
  • Cognitive reconsideration
  • Normalization and reframing symptoms
  • Development of a coherent narrative

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J&K Seminars, LLC is approved to sponsor continuing education by:
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an AOTA (The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.) Approved Provider of Continuing Education (Provider # 5180). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. J&K Seminars, LLC maintains responsibility for our programs and contents.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC, provider #1080, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) , (through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. J&K Seminars, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 01/27/2018 01/27/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
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  • J&K Seminars, LLChas been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5599. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. J&K Seminars is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an NAADAC Approved Education Provider #757
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is a registered social worker continuing education sponsor for Illinois social workers (Lic # 159.000833)
  • Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners
  • State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation J&K Seminars, LLC is a Registered Social Worker Continuing Education Sponsor License # 159-000833, and Marriage and Family Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor License # 168-000195
  • J & K Seminars, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-0174.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MFT-0041
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0077
  • Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) for D&A professionals (ICRC/AODA) # 271
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 approved
  • All programs have been approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists Provider Number # 483
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors#1835