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Adult Trauma Intervention

Richmont is opening this entire course in our Trauma Certificate to Richmont alumni and the surrounding community for Continuing Education Credit.


Continuing Education: 21 CEs Awarded.

When: October 23-25, 2020

Friday & Saturday (8:30-6PM), Sunday (9-5PM)

Where: Atlanta Campus (1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100, Atlanta, GA 30339)

Presenters: Dr. Jana Pressley & Dr. Joseph Spinazzola

Dr. Jana Pressley is Director of Clinical Services at the Complex Trauma Treatment Center Boston, Founding Faculty at the Complex Trauma Training Institute, Co-Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Affiliates, and Senior Training Associate of the Foundation Trust.   A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Pressley specializes in the treatment of youth, adults, and couples/families impacted by developmental trauma, as well as providing consultation supporting systems-level implementation of trauma-informed care in organizations.  She teaches trauma-related courses at the graduate level, and has designed and implemented trauma treatment specialization courses and qualitative trauma-focused research labs for graduate programs.

Dr. Pressley was formerly the Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Wheaton College Graduate School, and she currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at Richmont Graduate University in the trauma certificate track.  Dr. Pressley’s research focuses on the experience of court-involved young adults who have suffered relational trauma in the midst of chronic poverty and community violence, as well as the impact of complex trauma history on adult spirituality and meaning-making.  Dr. Pressley is also a national trainer and consultant in the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) and Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP) complex trauma intervention models.

Dr. Joseph Spinazzola is an internationally recognized traumatic stress researcher and trainer, and one of the most prolific scholars in the field of complex trauma. Dr. Spinazzola is the Managing Director of the Complex Trauma Institute, Founding Faculty at the Complex Trauma Training Institute, Senior Clinician at the Complex Trauma Treatment Center Boston, and Co-Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Affiliates program. He is also Executive Director of the Foundation Trust, Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University, Principal Investigator of the Developmental Trauma Disorder Field Trials, and a member of the Forensic Panel.  Dr. Spinazzola founded the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and was a member of the Complex Trauma Taskforce of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Spinazzola has overseen regional and statewide trauma-informed care initiatives and has originated and directed complex trauma conferences and intensive training institutes in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. He has co-authored trauma treatment guidelines, developed evidence-based intervention manuals, and designed and overseen all facets of randomized controlled trials of psychotherapeutic, psychopharmaceutical and mind-body interventions for PTSD and related disorders.

Dr. Spinazzola has a wealth of experience with program development and evaluation. He is a national trainer and consultant in the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model; lead developer of Trauma Drama, an improvisational theater-based youth violence prevention and tertiary intervention model, and co-developer and lead trainer of Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP), a relationally-based, traumatic stress and dissociation treatment model for adults with histories of complex childhood trauma.  In addition, he is the creator of, a comprehensive information and resource website for trauma-impacted individuals, families and providers.

Topic: This intermediate course will provide an overview of clinical assessment and treatment of adults who have experienced traumatic stress. The process of clinical evaluation of this population will be discussed, with review of most commonly used evaluation tools. The course will review the construct of phase-oriented models of treatment, and will provide an overview of key treatment goals, and the range of practices which may be used to address these goals.

Target Audience: Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, and Graduate Students.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the theoretical rationale for phase-oriented treatment.
  • Summarize various models of phase-oriented treatment.
  • Discuss the principles underlying the use of specific stabilization techniques.
  • Utilize stabilization techniques for affectively dysregulated adults.
  • Utilize mind-body approaches to trauma treatment.
  • Utilize the role of timing and pacing in trauma processing.
  • Apply their awareness of the role of processing through case illustration.
  • Describe when trauma processing is not appropriate in clinical treatment.
  • Describe a range of approaches for addressing trauma in adulthood.
  • Apply these concepts to case material.
  • Prepare for the complexity of termination when working with traumatized clients.
  • Expand case conceptualization and treatment planning to include an understanding of clinical dissociation and the fragmentation of self-states that often occurs as a consequence of early exposure to complex trauma.
  • Provide psychoeducation to clients that expands their awareness and understanding of dissociative processes and manifestations of dissociative coping and symptomatology.
  • Describe and utilize a technique for working toward integration and regulation of a clients’ dissociative parts.
  • Describe the core elements of the trauma centers’ component-based psychotherapy model and its use in complex trauma intervention.
  • Describe case conceptualization and treatment considerations of particular relevance to adult survivors of childhood emotional abuse and neglect.

Basic Agenda

Date Lecture
Day 1 ·        Overview of complex trauma treatment for adults with a focus on components-based model of treatment

·       Overview of impact of complex trauma on spirituality

·        CBP model: Relational component

Day 2


Day 3

·        Component-based psychotherapy (Parts work, regulation components)


·         Component-based psychotherapy (Narrative commponent)

·        Application of model/material to case material

 Suggested Readings & References:

Courtois, C. & Ford, J. (Eds.) (2009). Treating Complex Traumatic Disorders: An Evidence Based Guide. New York:  Guilford Press.

Herman, J. (1992). Trauma and Recovery. New York: Basic Books.

Continuing Education: 21 CEs Awarded

Fees: Richmont alumni: $465 / Guests: $510

Note: Attendees are required to attend all three days to receive CE credit for this event. Unfortunately, partial credit cannot be awarded.

Refunds: In order to receive a refund, requests must be submitted to Martha Busby prior to October 17, 2020.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Adult Trauma Intervention