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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 our registrar. This event is not sponsored by the alumni association and does not fall under the benefits of founding membership status.

When: September 22 – 23, 2017

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

Where: Richmont Graduate University / Atlanta Campus / 1900 The Exchange, Suite 100

Guest Presenter: Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D, Vice President of Behavioral Health & Trauma Services, Justice Resource Institute. Executive Director, Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Center, Boston, MA

Joseph Spinazzola has been with the Trauma Center since 1999 and assumed the position of Executive Director of the Trauma Center and Vice President of Behavioral Health & Trauma Services at Justice Resource Institute in 2005.  Joe received his PhD from Duke University.  Joe is a member of The Forensic Panel and holds an appointment at Boston University School of Medicine.  He is actively involved with provision of direct services to individuals and providers, serving as a clinician, clinical supervisor, senior trainer, and as Associate Director of our Research Department. Joe is Co-Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, a national initiative to transform large regional and statewide systems of care, operated through our Center’s Category II National Child Traumatic Stress Network site award. Joe specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults, and is the author of a number of publications in this area as well as the on the topic of youth violence prevention.

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 Reading:

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: 15 NBCC CE clock hours awarded.  15 CE clock hours awarded to psychologists.

Fees: $315.00

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.

To request a refund, please contact Martha Busby at Refunds will only be issued if requested by September 21, 2017.

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