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Adult Trauma Intervention

Richmont is opening a portion of this course in our Trauma Certificate to Richmont alumni and the surrounding community for Continuing Education Credit. Please note that this is only a portion of an entire course offered for a reduced fee. If you are interested in auditing or taking the entire course for course credit, please contact the Records Office ( This event is not sponsored by the alumni association and does not fall under the benefits of founding membership status.

When: October 18-19, 2019

*Format for both days is 8:30am – 5:00pm with a 1-hour lunch on your own

Where: Richmont Graduate University / Chattanooga Campus / 1815 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404

Presenter: Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D, Executive Director, The Foundation Trust, & Founding Director, Complex Trauma Training

Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Foundation Trust, is an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University. He manages the Complex Trauma Training Institute, is a senior clinician at the Complex Trauma Treatment Center Boston, and co-leads the Complex Trauma Treatment Affiliates, a supervision group and resource sharing network of international complex trauma experts. Dr. Spinazzola trains and consults worldwide on diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults, as well as on trauma-informed care and systems transformation.  A distinguished clinical researcher in the area of complex traumatic stress, Dr. Spinazzola is Principal Investigator of the Developmental Trauma Disorder Field Trials. He founded and spearheaded two of the most highly accomplished multidisciplinary, multicenter working bodies in the history of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): The Complex Trauma Taskforce and the Complex Trauma Treatment Network. Dr. Spinazzola has authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the fields of traumatic stress and violence prevention, as well as the recently published book, Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect: Component-Based Psychotherapy. He co-authored expert guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) as well as joint guidelines for Division 56 (Trauma) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD). He is also the lead developer of Trauma Drama, an improvisational theater-based youth violence prevention and tertiary intervention model. Dr. Spinazzola 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: Marriage and Family Therapists, 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.

·        Trauma center components-based model of treatment.

Day 2 ·        Trauma Center components-based model of treatment (continued)

·        Application of treatment model 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: 13 CEs Awarded

Fees: Richmont alumni – $285.00

Guests – $300

Note: Attendees are required to attend both days to receive CE credit for this event. Unfortunately, partial credit cannot be awarded. Space is limited. Registration for this seminar will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. 

 Registration: Please register by clicking here.

Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be submitted to Martha Busby prior to October 11, 2019, otherwise there will be a late cancellation fee.

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