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Attachment and the Trauma Spectrum

Attachment and the Trauma Spectrum

Richmont is opening a portion of the Trauma & Theodicy course 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.

Attachment and the Trauma Spectrum

  When: January 22, 2021 / 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where/How: Live Webinar 

6 CEs Available


Presented by:

Dan Sartor, PhD, LCPC, NCC

Dan Sartor, PhD is Vice President of Integration and a Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (GA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL), and Nationally Board Certified Counselor. In addition to addressing issues of depression, anxiety, and grief in psychotherapy, Dr. Sartor’s clinical specialties include complex trauma recovery, sexuality issues, addiction recovery, marital therapy, and the integration of Christian faith with clinical practice.

Dr. Sartor regularly speaks on complex trauma recovery and is featured on WebMD as a video contributor on the effects of trauma on families. He was an invited plenary speaker for Shared Hopes’ Faith Summit (Orlando, 2016) and is the co-author of  i:CARE: A Health Care Provider’s Guide to Recognizing and Caring for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims (2016) published by Shared Hope as a book and online curriculum. He provides continuing education, advising, clinical supervision, and consultation to non-profit and ministry organizations on complex trauma, trauma-informed care, vicarious trauma, and compassion satisfaction to promote thriving at the levels of organizational health, staff wellness, and client care.

He has taught over 15 different graduate-level courses in psychology and mental health counseling. Dr. Sartor received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Biola University (Rosemead School of Psychology), and he holds a M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. His personal mission is to facilitate spiritual vitality and relational restoration through teaching, counseling, writing, and personal encounters in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Dr. Sartor has been married to his wife, Robin, for over 30 years, and together they share their lives with their four children and a son-by-marriage, who are between the ages of 16 and 25.  They enjoy camping, playing games, and eating good food together.  Additionally, Dr. Sartor enjoys reading, home improvement projects, and music.

Course Description:

Trauma produces variable impact upon individuals based upon it type, timing, severity, duration, and numerous individual protective factors across survivors.  This workshop will provide a framework for understanding post-trauma phenomena across the life span by, first, highlighting the biopsychosocial and spiritual dimensions of health according to Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory, identifying five characteristics of adaptive resilience in secure attachment.  Next, the disruption of secure attachment through neglect, extreme stress, complex loss, trauma, and interpersonal trauma will be described, including resilience, post-traumatic growth, and the possible resulting impact on an individual’s attachment dynamics.  Classifications of post trauma disorders from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual—5 (DSM-5), International Classification of Disease-10 (ICD10), and the literature on Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (i.e., Complex Trauma) will be applied for understanding the unique impact of interpersonal trauma on the individual.  

Target Audience: Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Graduate Students.

Course Objectives

Within the context of this 6-hour workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe biopsychosocial dimensions of health according to Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and Attachment Theory
  • Identify five characteristics of health and adaptive resilience according to IPNB
  • Define the four styles of attachment according to Attachment Theory: Secure, Preoccupied, Dismissive, and Disorganized
  • Recognize the disruption to health often caused by neglect, extreme stress, complex loss/grief, and interpersonal trauma
  • Apply Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5 (DSM-5) International Classification of Disease-10 (ICD-10) framework for Posttraumatic Disorders
  • Describe the impact of trauma on an individual’s spirituality and world-view
  • Recognize the signs of Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Identify six areas of disturbance caused by interpersonal trauma according to the literature on complex trauma (Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified; DESNOS)

Schedule of the Day

Session 1 (09:00-10:20 am)


A Standard of Health: Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology (Objectives 1 & 2)


Session 2 (10:30-12:00 pm)


Disrupting the Trajectory of Health: The Impact of Trauma and Insecure Attachment (Objectives 3 & 4)
Lunch Break 12:00-01:00 pm



Session 3 (01:00-01:50 pm)

Post-Traumatic Stress: The DSM-5 and ICD-10 (Objectives 5 & 6)
Session 4 (02:00-02:50 pm) Dissociation and Dissociative Diagnoses in the DSM-5 (Objective 7)
Session 5 (03:00-03:50 pm) Complex Trauma: Signs and Symptoms (Objective 8)


Session 6 (04:00-04:50 pm) Complex Trauma: Signs and Symptoms  (Objective 8)

Continuing Education:

6 CE hours available

Workshop Level:

Beginner to Intermediate


Richmont Alumni:$130

Guests: $155


For CE and registration question, please contact Martha Busby.

Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be submitted prior to January 15, 2021.

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