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Practical Strategies for Complex PTSD: An Integrative Mind-Body Approach to Treating Repeated, Chronic, and/or Developmental Trauma - REGISTRATION CLOSED

April 29, 2022

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Seminar Description

This program will explore the primary symptoms of Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) and provide participants with practical mind-body therapy tools that they can integrate into their work with clients to help them manage intrusive symptoms such as flashbacks, develop emotion regulation, and build distress tolerance. C-PTSD often involves having an extensive history of trauma that begins in childhood and continues into adulthood with layers of personal, relational, societal, or cultural, losses.

In this training, participants will develop confidence in your ability to organize and prioritize your client’s treatment goals. Participants will learn how to compassionately and effectively work with clients who have experienced multiple traumatic events and prolonged trauma exposure. Participants will learn strategies that will allow you to help clients with dysregulated affect and arousal. This experiential workshop is based upon Dr. Schwartz’s integrative mind-body treatment manual for Complex PTSD which combines relational psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy, Parts Work Therapy, Somatic Psychology, and mindfulness based therapies. Participants will leave this seminar with practical tools that facilitate a strength-based approach to trauma recovery and increased resilience in your clients.


Participants will be able to:

  • identify the symptoms and etiology that distinguish Complex trauma from traditional PTSD
  • discuss a phase oriented, evidence-based approach to complex trauma treatment
  • identify at least five practical mind-body therapy tools to help resource and stabilize clients
  • describe a mind-body approach to help clients build affect and sensation tolerance
  • describe how “top-down” and “bottom up” interventions can speed up or slow down the pacing of trauma treatment
  • practice at least three interventions for working with somatic symptoms in trauma treatment
  • discuss modified approaches to exposure, desensitization, and memory reprocessing for C-PTSD



Understanding Complex PTSD

  • Defining Complex PTSD
    • Diagnostic Clarification and Differential Diagnosis
    • Contributing Factors of C-PTSD
    • Symptoms of C-PTSD
    • Skill: Reclaiming Choice and Containment
  • Realities of Working with Complex PTSD
    • Self-Awareness and Self-Care for Therapists

The Neurobiology of C-PTSD

  • The Neurobiology of C-PTSD: Beyond Fight and Flight
    • Polyvagal Theory
    • Mobilization and Immobilization
    • Conditioned Immobilization
    • Dissociation and Dissociation
    • Clinical Assessment tools: Triggering Events, Avoidance Behaviours, and Dissociative Symptoms

Phase Based Treatment

  • Stabilization and Safety
  • Working Through Complex PTSD
  • Integration and Meaning Making
  • Skill: Develop Dual Awareness

Integrative Mind-Body Approach to Care

  • Introduction to the Integrative Approach
  • Relational Therapy
    • Co-Regulation
    • Psychobiological Regulation and Applied Polyvagal Theory
    • Skill: Relational Resourcing
  • Mindfulness and Body-fulness
    • Awaken the Witness
    • Skill: Increase Affect and Sensation Tolerance
  • Parts Work Therapies
    • A Unified approach to Parts Work Therapies
    • The “missing experience”
    • Skill: Repair Scenarios
  • Somatic Psychology
    • 5 Stage model of Trauma Processing
    • Skill: Sequencing and Somatic Re-Patterning
  • Exposure and EMDR Therapy
    • Exposure, desensitization, reprocessing with C-PTSD
    • Skill: Pendulation
    • Skill: Gratitude and Loving Kindness Meditations


Integration and Closure

  • Integration and Closure
    • The “Action Phase”
    • Skill: Golden Nugget Practice
    • Fostering Resilience
    • Integration and Installation of Positive Change