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2-Day Intensive Trauma Treatment Certification Workshop: EMDR, CBT and Somatic-Based Interventions to Move Clients from Surviving to Thriving

Transform your practice with this intensive 2-day Certification Workshop that will provide you with effective strategies and interventions from EMDR, CBT, somatic approaches, and narrative therapy so you can take your trauma treatment to the next level!

You’ll learn how to properly assess clients, effectively stabilize them in preparation for treatment, help them safely reprocess traumatic memories, and develop the resources they need to achieve and maintain recovery. You’ll also get detailed guidance on overcoming scenarios involving anger, resistance, and suicidality that can leave you exhausted and uncertain of how to move your most challenging clients forward.

Best of all, upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of trauma counselling. Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CCTP for details.

Purchase today, get the proven tools and techniques needed to end the suffering of your clients and move them from surviving to thriving!


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99 value)*!
  • Simply complete this seminar and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CCTP designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.

*Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CCTP for professional requirements.

Program Information


  1. Describe the brain regions involved in trauma.
  2. Communicate the clinical implications of the freeze response in trauma treatment.
  3. Establish how clinicians can assess for simple, complex, and intergenerational trauma.
  4. Characterize how bottom-up techniques like grounding and breathwork can increase felt safety in clients.
  5. Evaluate methods clinicians can use to gauge when clients are ready for intense trauma work.
  6. Describe how narrative therapy exercises can be employed in session to help clients talk about hotspots.
  7. Determine how somatic approaches can be used to address the physical symptoms of trauma survivors.
  8. Integrate techniques that can be used to “slow” emotions in clients.
  9. Communicate how EMDR-based techniques can be used with clients to resolve traumatic memories.
  10. Differentiate between EMDR, EFT and neuromodulation approaches.
  11. Utilize techniques for working with anger, resistance, and suicidality in clients who’ve experienced trauma.
  12. Communicate the potential risks and limitations of trauma treatment techniques.


The Neuroscience of Trauma and Mechanisms of Change

  • Key brain areas involved in trauma
  • Fight, flight, freeze, fawn survival responses
  • Clinical implications of the freeze response
  • The neuroscience of EMDR, exposure therapy and cognitive therapy
Connect Clients to a Diagnosis: Trauma Assessment Tools
  • Simple vs. complex trauma
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Symptom clusters and physical manifestations
  • CAPS-5 and PCL-5
  • Primary Care PTSD Screen
  • Dual diagnosis
Stabilize Your Clients Prior to Trauma Work
  • Trauma treatment roadmap – order of operations
  • Bottom-up techniques to reconnect and feel safe in the body
    • Self-soothing techniques
    • Grounding strategies
    • Breathwork
  • Gauge when a client is ready for intense trauma/cognitive work

Proven Skills and Techniques from Evidence-Based Approaches:

Somatic Approaches: Address Physical Symptoms of Trauma

  • Relevance of Polyvagal theory and early trauma
  • Assess for readiness to apply somatic tools
  • Teach body awareness
  • Manage unease with “Felt sense” exercises
  • Resourcing strategies to create a safe space

CBT Coping Skills: Manage Emotions

  • Identify inaccurate trauma-related cognitions
  • Exposure, titration and pendulation to slow emotions
  • Cognitive reframing and reappraisal interventions
  • Memory reconstruction techniques

EMDR-Based Techniques: Resolve Traumatic Memories

  • Adaptive Information Processing Theory
  • EMDR vs EFT vs neuromodulation
  • Resourcing strategies
  • Combine memory reprocessing with cognitive restructuring
  • Using “restricted processing” with complex trauma

Narrative Therapy Exercises: Rewrite Traumatic Experiences

  • Interventions to help clients talk about hotspots
  • Reclaim identity with the “Tree of life” exercise
  • Awareness and closure – create life stories
Solutions to Trauma Treatment Roadblocks
  • How to handle the angry client
  • Strategies for the resistant trauma client
  • Boundary concerns
  • Dealing with crises, suicidality, substance use
Reintegration and Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Better than normal – the neuroscience of post-traumatic growth
  • The therapeutic alliance as a brain-based approach
  • The power of forgiveness in moving forward
  • Meaning making exercises
Research. Limitations and Potential Risks

Copyright : 10/01/2022

2-Day Intensive Training on Narcissistic and Psychopathic Abuse: The Clinicians Guide to the New Field of Traumatic Pathological Love Relationships

You may have trauma clients who are victims of narcissistic abuse without even knowing it.

In a clinical setting, victims of narcissistic abuse can be conditioned to behave a certain way, to show only the good things. They can dissociate to remove themselves from the trauma, and struggle to talk about the abuse in therapy. Some may not even be aware of the abuse, especially if the narcissist is still involved.

If you’re like most clinicians, you only have a superficial understanding of personality disorders and the traumatic harm those with them can inflict on their partners. Without the proper training you can fail to connect the dots and miss a key component of treatment for these clients.

This program will give you the in-depth understanding and clinical tools you need to recognize the signs of abuse from Cluster B disordered partners and discover the keys to treating the survivors!

Sandra Brown, M.A., is a pioneer in the field of narcissistic and psychopathic abuse and the current president of The Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education who has worked with and researched narcissistic abuse survivors for over 30 years.

Watch her, along with experts Claudia Paradise, LCSW-R and Bill Brennan, M.Ed., LMHC, CAP, for this live two-day webinar as they show you how you can:

  • Identify pathological love relationships
  • Differentiate PLRs from other stereotypical domestic violence, addictive, co-dependent, or dysfunctional relationships
  • Recognize the unique relational dynamics generated from the pathology and the traumatic impact to intimate partners
  • Understand why certain survivor personalities seem to be targeted
  • Key considerations for treating the traumatic aftermath

Don’t miss this chance to add a new dimension to your trauma treatment toolbox and help survivors of narcissistic abuse find the path to recovery. Purchase today!

Program Information


  1. Differentiate narcissistic abuse from other domestic violence, addictive, co-dependent, or dysfunctional relationships to inform clinical treatment.
  2. Analyze the unique relational dynamics generated from the pathology and the impact to intimate partners.
  3. Investigate common mistakes made by practitioners in the identification and treatment of survivors of narcissistic and psychopathic abuse.
  4. Investigate the five stages of a Pathological Love Relationship (narcissistic abuse).
  5. Analyze Cluster B personality disorders for a better understanding of how Cluster B partners can exploit the vulnerabilities of those in close relationships.
  6. Apply the DSM-5 Alternative Model personality disorder “four impairments” to predict relational deficits in narcissistic abuse.
  7. Investigate co-morbid and intensification factors related to behaviour of the narcissistic abuser.
  8. Assess the role of chronic and pervasive Cognitive Dissonance in survivor symptomology.
  9. Analyze how gaslighting, coercive control, and subterfuge in the context of romantic relationships, can lead to negative impacts on cognition.
  10. Employ in-session approaches to help clients recognize narcissistic behaviour in their partners and become aware of the consequences.
  11. Employ psychoeducation techniques to teach survivors about personality disorders and the manipulative tactics, coercive devices and subtle signs that they may be victim of narcissistic abuse.
  12. Utilize clinical techniques to unravel problematic beliefs that can prevent victims of narcissistic abuse from making therapeutic progress.


Pathological Love Relationships (PLR) Defined

  • What therapists are doing wrong
  • What survivors said they needed and weren’t getting
  • PLR Description
  • Theoretical influences
  • Differentiating these relationships from other fields and disciplines
  • Research and research limitations
Personality Disorders and Pathological Love Relationships
  • Identifying Pathological Love Relationships through personality and personality pathology
  • Personality disorders and the importance of the issue of ‘pervasiveness’
  • Symptomatic conditions -vs- characteristic conditions
  • How to read life patterns of the normal and the disordered
  • Cluster B disorders and the danger zone personalities and spectrum
Identification of Pathological Love Relationships
  • The DSM-5™ Alternative Model and relational pathology
  • The Categorical Model vs The Dimensional Alternative Model
  • The four core impairments in personality disorders
  • Definitions, descriptions and behaviours
  • Symptom traits vs maladaptive traits
Clinical Impressions vs Distance Diagnosing
  • What if I can’t diagnose the other party?
  • Partner-related assessments and usefulness
  • Developing clinical impressions, reasonable assumptions, and working hypothesis in detection
Psychoeducation for Survivors About Personality Disorders
  • Personality theories that create bias
  • The neuroscience and neurobiology of personality disorders
  • DSM symptoms reflected in the neuro impairments
  • How clients benefit from neurobiology education
Relational Dynamics and Stages of a PLR
  • Pre-Stage— trolling, luring and predatory targeting tactics
  • Early Stage— manufactured intensity, love bombing, mirroring, reflective relational tactics
  • Mid-Stage —coercive control, gaslighting and subterfuge
  • End relationship dynamics
  • Case studies for each stage
Survivor Personalities and Targeted Traits: Critical Considerations for Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment
  • Who these survivors are NOT
  • Survivor personality super trait elevations and its importance in targeting and recovery
    • Agreeableness and cooperation: the relationship investment trait
    • Conscientiousness and self-directedness: the integrity-oriented life traits
  • Misidentification/misdiagnosis of personality ‘Super Traits’
  • Codependency, dependent PD, borderline PD, empaths
Trauma Symptoms and Trauma-Informed Treatment Considerations for Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse
  • How these survivor’s symptoms can be different
  • Atypical trauma and misdiagnosis
  • Cognitive dissonance and its presentation in survivors
  • Difference in chronic and persistent CD—not your college understanding
  • Cognitive dissonance and its connection to PTSD intensification
  • Case discussion on symptomology including Executive Functioning and CD
  • Trauma treatment and why EMDR is helpful
  • Treatment limitations and contraindications
Case Study: Use the Four Identifiers to Recognize a Pathological Love Relationship
  • Pathology
  • Relational dynamics
  • Super trait personality
  • Atypical trauma present

Copyright : 12/08/2021

Narcissistic and Psychopathic Abuse: Clinical Tools, Techniques and Trauma-Informed Treatment Protocols

Program Information


  1. Identify survivors of narcissistic abuse and differentiate between historical and non-historical trauma clients.
  2. Assess the specific treatment needs of survivors of narcissistic abuse and differentiate between treatment seeking and treatment needs.
  3. Apply best practices for harm reduction in trauma treatment. 
  4. Develop a three-step protocol for trauma education during stabilization.
  5. Apply pacing and titration in stabilization and symptom management.
  6. Use questionnaires, topic lists, and psychoeducation tools for the assessment and treatment of survivors of narcissistic abuse.
  7. Implement pathology education in the Structured Session Method.
  8. Evaluate the neuroscience and neurobiology of personality disorders in relation to survivors of narcissistic abuse.
  9. Utilize specialized techniques for enhancing pathology education and pathology education topic lists.
  10. Identify the six must-teach concepts for pathology education and use the "link and label" technique for teaching.
  11. Differentiate between generalized cognitive dissonance (CD) and chronic and persistent CD.
  12. Identify the four identifiers of CD and complications of trauma and CD.
  13. Develop best practices for CD reduction and utilize checklists, charts, and mindfulness scripts.
  14. Differentiate between typical trauma and atypical trauma and understand the presentation of hyper and hypo arousal states with CD.
  15. Utilize trauma assessments and differentiate between dual dysregulation and presentation/hyper and hypo arousal states with CD.
  16. Assess the impact of survivors' super traits of personality and understand the risks associated with agreeableness and conscientiousness.
  17. Develop strategies for working with super traits in early work and later work, using the historical impact checklist and super trait education topic list.
  18. Evaluate the patient intake and assessment process, including prescreening tools and considerations, special screening features, and trauma assessments for survivors of narcissistic abuse.


Introduction and Goals of Treatment  
Who Are You Treating? — A Survivor Overview

  • Problems in Identification 
  • Historical Trauma and Non-Historical Trauma clients 
  • Differentiation in Treatment Seeking and Treatment Needs 
  • Overall Specific Treatment Needs of Survivors
Intervention/Harm Reduction, Trauma Psychoeducation and Skill Building for Stabilization
  • Early Recovery and the Stabilization Process 
  • Eight Important Aspects in Early Treatment—Best Practices 
  • Prior Treatment Failure
  • Intervention for Harm Reduction and Trauma Worsening 
  • Three Step Protocol
  • Structuring for Multi-Need Clients
  • Trauma Education in Stabilization 
  • Skill Building, Resourcing, and Symptom Management in Stabilization 
  • Pacing and Titration in Stabilization
  • Questionnaires, topic lists, and psychoeducation tools
Pathology Education for Stabilization/Cognitive Dissonance Reduction
  • Implementing Path Ed in The Structured Session Method
  • Neuroscience and Neurobiology of PDs
  • Specialized Techniques for Enhancing Pathology Education   
  • Pathology Education Topic Lists
  • Six Must Teach Concepts
Checklists and the “Link and Label” technique
Cognitive Dissonance (CD): The Hallmark Feature of Pathological Love Relationships
  • Generalized CD versus Chronic and Persistent CD
  • CD Etiology, Levels and Focuses
  • Four Identifiers of CD
  • Complications of Trauma and CD
  • The Onset of Dual Dysregulation
  • Behaviors Connected to CD
  • Eight Best Practices for CD Reduction   
  • Checklists, charts and Mindfulness scripts
Working with Typical and ‘Atypical’ Trauma in Treatment
  • Trauma Assessments: Trauma Interviews and Self-Reports 
  • Differentiation Between Typical Trauma and Atypical Trauma
  • Dual Dysregulation and Presentation/Hyper and Hypo Arousal States with CD
  • Destabilization and Dysregulation
  • Trauma, Cognitive Dissonance and the Window of Tolerance
  • Triggers in Dual Dysregulation
  • Neuro-Based Treatment Issues from Dual Dysregulation
  • Combination Problems of Executive Functioning, Dual Dysregulation, and CD
  • Memories and CD and Processing Issues
  • Working with Whole Memories or Dual Processing
  • Using the C-PTSD and Atypical PTSD© checklist
Survivor’s Super Traits of Personality—A Different Kind of Risk Management
  • How Personality Science Can Help Us Understand These Survivors
  • Wrong But Common Therapeutic Assumptions About These Survivors
  • Understanding High/Low ACE Scores
  • Commonalities in Research: Two Trait Elevations
  • Risk in the Traits of Agreeableness and Conscientiousness
  • Harm Avoidance as a Dimension of Anxiety
  • Super Traits versus Codependency
  • Working with Super Traits: Early Work and Later Work
  • Historical impact checklist, super trait education topic list and more
Patient Intake and Assessment 
  • Prescreening Tools and Considerations
  • What to Use to Identify a Pathological Love Relationship
  • Tele-Counseling Considerations
  • Intake Package and Special Screening Features
  • Trauma Assessments
  • Atypical PTSD and Cognitive Dissonance Checklists
  • The ACE
  • The Partner-Related Traits Pathometry Checklist©

Copyright : 13/03/2023

Narcissistic Abuse: Must-Know Insights to Support Clients in High-Conflict Legal Cases & Custody Battles

This therapeutic legal aid training is intended to help support and guide clinicians working with survivors of narcissistic abuse.  Inside, you’ll find critical information on how to help support your clients through divorce proceedings, custody battles, family court, and other types of legal problems.

Program Information


  1. Identify the stages of litigation, legal proceedings, and gain familiarity with legal related terms (mediators, custody evaluators, etc) to better understand and support clients during various parts of their legal process.
  2. Learn trauma-informed strategies to support clients as they process the impact of court.
  3. Recognize legal concerns such as confidentiality, Americans with Disabilities Act, and more.
  4. Know when and how to seek consultation, support and practice self-care when working with survivors in the legal system.


Why Doesn’t Family Court “Get it?”

  • How to work in a “broken system”
  • “Utopia Myopia” & child’s best interest
  • Know why survivors end up in court more
  • Systemic cognitive dissonance
  • Pathology doesn’t stop at the courthouse door
  • When courts don’t consider Domestic Violence

Introduction and Purpose of Family Court

  • Support clients through various stages of litigation
  • Help clients avoid deeper traumas in court
  • Enhance insight into client’s experience in the courtroom 
  • Differentiate legal information versus legal advice
  • Identify “high-conflict” cases where IPV is present

Litigation and Family Court

  • Dispel incorrect notions of the judge’s role
  • Understand litigation as a creative process
  • Differences clients face in adversarial versus inquisitorial proceedings
  • Shortcomings of adversarial proceedings for survivors
  • Know what happens in each litigation stage
  • Alternatives to family court and litigation

Domestic Violence and Family Court

  • The new term, “legal abuse”
  • Challenges to stopping legal abuse
  • Differentiate criminal versus civil protective orders
  • The problem of family courts deciding issues of abuse
  • Understand common pitfalls of court
  • Connecting past violence to prevent future harm
  • Your role in advocacy 
  • Accommodations for trauma under the ADA 

Treatment Issues

  1. Trauma associated with family course
  2. Post-separation abuse in high-conflict cases
  3. Account for “institutional trauma”
  4. Big costs of “Legal Abuse Syndrome” and PTSD roots
  5. Set clinical expectations for clients involved in court proceedings
  6. 8-Step protocol for support clients with court trauma
  7. How court proceedings can impact the clinician & the role of self-care

Copyright : 05/05/2023