• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 6 Contact Hours
Author(s): Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW
Peer Reviewer(s): Kelly Cue Davis, PhD
Item#: B4058
1 Course Book (106 pages)

Integrative and Comprehensive Trauma Treatment

Price $49.95
Item # B4058
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Traumatic events, whether public or private, can interfere with an individual’s biological, psychological, and social balance. This course provides a historic overview of traumatology and discusses the early pioneers of the field: Pierre Janet, Sigmund Freud, and Joseph Breuer. The course examines the stages of trauma, concepts of helplessness and resilience, the anatomy of the brain, affect regulation and neurocircuitry, and effects of trauma on memory. Participants will learn about traumatic reactions, such as hyperarousal, constriction, dissociation, and freezing. Theoretical perspectives on trauma treatment are discussed, such as attachment theory, neuropsychobiology, self-in-relation theory, energy psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and empowerment, strength perspectives, and resiliency theory. Insightful information on the most current evidence-based treatments and therapies is presented, such as guided imagery, dreamwork, sensory-motor psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology. The course explores the role of the therapist–client relationship in the healing process and the clinician’s risk for countertransference, shared trauma response, and burnout. This intermediate-level course is intended for social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses.

Participants will receive 6 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course

Course Objectives
  • Describe the evolution of our present understanding of traumatology and PTSD.
  • Identify the core features of reactions to trauma and their long-term effects.
  • Discuss the impact the neurobiology of trauma has upon treatment considerations for trauma survivors.
  • Explain the nature of dissociative phenomena and its impact on treatment approaches.
  • Discuss the principles of the therapeutic relationship and approach to treatment necessary when working with survivors of trauma.
  • Explain the phase-oriented approach to trauma treatment.
  • Describe integrative and holistic approaches to the treatment of trauma.
  • Apply the principles of worker self care to the prevention of vicarious traumatization.
Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW, is in private clinical and consulting practice in Watertown MA and was an associate professor at Boston University School of Social Work for 20 years. A graduate of Boston University School of Social Work and Bar Ilan University School of Social Work in Israel she has over 25 years of clinical practice and works from an integrative holistic and relational framework. Her areas of specialization include trauma work use of expressive therapies Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and energy medicine modalities dreamwork a spiritual and a body/mind perspective and group work. She is trained or certified in many of the new body/mind therapies including Thought Field Therapy Emotional Freedom Technique Tappas Acupressure Technique Reiki Hypnosis Sensory-Motor Integration and Healing From the Body Level Up. In addition to her clinical practice she trains nationally offers consultation and supervision and facilitates dreamwork groups and supervision groups. Ms. Schiller is the author of numerous articles book chapters and audiotapes on work with trauma group work from a relational perspective dreamwork and working from a holistic framework in clinical practice. Her original theory on relational group work is listed in the Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups.
Kelly Cue Davis, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on the effects of alcohol consumption on sexuality, sexual aggression, sexual risk-taking, and violence against women. Most recently, she has studied the effects of alcohol use on sexual violence and HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI)-related risk behaviors under grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Davis serves as a consulting editor for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, ad hoc reviewer for numerous psychology journals, and chair of the Task Force on Violence Against Women, Society for the Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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