Treating PTSD and Complex Psychological Trauma: Recent Advances

Venue: Metro-Central YMCA

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Nov 17, 2005 End Date/Time: Nov 18, 2005
Early Registration Date: Sep 15, 2005
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Until recently, post-traumatic stress was considered a relatively straightforward response to a single traumatic event. However, recent research indicates that trauma-related disturbance can be quite complex symptomatically, involving a variety of symptoms and difficulties beyond PTSD.

When trauma exposure involves early, repetitive, interpersonal maltreatment (e.g., sustained child abuse and neglect), or when there have been multiple and prolonged traumas in adulthood (e.g., torture, war, or ongoing domestic violence), the outcome may involve not only classic post-traumatic stress, but also dysfunctional attachment styles. This includes affect dysregulation, overdeveloped avoidance responses (including dissociation and substance abuse), easily activated non-verbal schema, and other affective and behavioural outcomes. Although these responses are often viewed as symptoms of "Axis II" issues (most typically borderline personality disorder), they are, in fact, relatively common among complex-trauma survivors, and are often best treated as trauma responses rather than characterologic defects or dysfunctions. John Briere, known for his new approach and synthesis, will present a non-pathologizing, developmentally informed therapy for these complex post-traumatic presentations.

You will learn to:
- List the types and known long-term effects of psychological trauma
- Outline the general principles of the Self-Trauma Model for treating trauma-related distress
- Explain why titrated (as opposed to prolonged) exposure may be necessary with some clients
- Outline the rationale for process-based affect regulation skills development
- Describe why the therapeutic relationship is critical to treating complex post-traumatic outcomes


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