Traumatology research during the past two decades has illuminated variance among profiles of post-traumatic stress related to the nature, timing, and repetition of the precipitating traumatic events. Although not yet officially included within the DSM classification nomenclature (APA, 2013), empirical traumatology literature has identified complex trauma as eliciting distinct clinical phenomena from traditional conceptualizations of posttraumatic stress. This session introduces participants to the essential dynamics of Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder according to the ICD classification system (WHO, 2020) vis a vis Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (APA, 2013). Thereafter, a review of the triphasic model of recovery (Herman, 2015) endorsed by prevailing standards of mental health care is presented, along with implications for treatment process expectations.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course that was recorded from a live webinar presentation by Dr. Dan Sartor on March 23, 2021
- Summarize the key characteristics of a trauma reaction and the unique additional impact introduced by interpersonal trauma.
- Identify six areas of disturbance caused by interpersonal trauma according to the literature on complex trauma (Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified; DESNOS).
- Apply current published standards of care to complex trauma treatment, especially Herman’s (2015) three stages of trauma recovery as descriptive of the process to establish or restore characteristics of health and adaptive resilience.
- Establish appropriate expectations for complex trauma recovery as distinct from PTSD.
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
Dr. Dan Sartor, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC
Biography: Dan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (GA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL), and Nationally Board Certified Counselor with over 20 years of clinical experience. He is Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University, where he teaches graduate courses in trauma, psychodynamic therapy, and the integration of faith in clinical practice. In his practice, he provides psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and consultation services. Dan regularly speaks and provides training nationally and internationally to organizations on various topics, including trauma-informed care, complex trauma recovery, compassion satisfaction/compassion fatigue, and various topics related to sexuality, marital enrichment, pastoral care, and healthy spirituality. Dan’s clinical specialties include trauma recovery, sexuality issues, addiction recovery, marital therapy, and the integration of faith with clinical practice. Dan is a co-author of Shared Hope, International's i:CARE: A Health Care Provider’s Guide to Recognizing and Caring for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims (2016) and is featured on WebMD on identifying PTSD triggers and the impact of PTSD on relationships.
Credit Hours: This course consists of 1 credit hour.
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This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
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Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked but not required to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.
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This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.
This is a non-interactive self-study course. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.