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Certified Family Trauma Professional Intensive Training: The Most Effective Techniques for Treating Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Families

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Trauma: The Creator of Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavior Traumagenesis

  • Neurobiology/physiology and the creation of adaptive responses
  • Adaptive responses and reason, planning or intentionality
  • Environmental activators of the threat response system

How Trauma is Created and Maintained in Families

  • Adaptive and maladaptive behaviors
  • Patterns become family culture
  • Family culture becomes a transfer agent between generations

The Impact of Trauma on Family Culture

  • Patterns and genetics
  • How beliefs and personally relevant truths are established
  • Family homeostasis based on trauma and the resultant behaviors

Assessing Family Trauma

  • Traumagenic assessment process
  • The 7 domains of assessment for families
  • Family Strengths and Needs and Trauma Assessment FANS-T

Stabilizing Families for Treatment

  • Reactive adaptation to help families feel safe in therapy
  • Normalize the reactions that operate in the family
  • Build hope through compassion and respect
  • Engage families in the process of treatment

Treatment from a Family-Based Prospective

  • Benefits of treating families over children for trauma
  • Neurobiological sound approach to treatment

Essentials for Family-Based Trauma Treatment

  • Manage self and keep out of the threat response system
  • Calm parties by educating them on the treatment process
  • Focus on function over behaviors
  • Deal with shame, guilt and judgment

IATP Treatment Structure for Families

  • Active ingredients applied to family treatment
  • Relationship building: Safety and predictability in treatment
  • Psychoeducation
  • Self-regulation skill building
  • Growth and resilience in families

Models of Treatment for Families

  • Figley’s family trauma treatment
  • ARC – Attachment, Regulation and Competency
  • CPP – Child and Parent Psychotherapy
  • Brier and Langtree’s Self-trauma treatment structure
  • Relationship enhancement play therapies

Resolution of Trauma within Families

  • Put families on the pathway to growth and resilience
  • Activities to help families prepare for intervention
  • Examine family culture for activators
  • Create a shared language around common elements


  1. Utilize the physiology of the body to explain dysfunction and traumatic family patterns to create safety and stabilize families.
  2. Execute treatment that reduces the impact of Traumagenesis in families.
  3. Explain how trauma, from a family prospective, is more about Traumagenesis that focused on specific events.
  4. Describe the part of the brain and nervous system that create trauma and change family dynamics.
  5. Reduce the feelings of shame, guilt and judgement.
  6. List the elements that are tied to aversive childhood experiences that create lifelong impact on people and families.
  7. Explain the process that trauma is created and maintained in families.
  8. Recognize the environmental activators for trauma reactive adaptions.
  9. Explain the process of adaption and change that creates problematic behaviors and dysfunctional family dynamics.
  10. List the stages of safety building for family-based trauma treatment.
  11. Utilize the International Association of Trauma Professionals trauma treatment structure.
  12. Assess family dynamics from a traumageneic prospective.
  13. Apply the primary models of family based treatment for trauma.

Copyright : 06/04/2016

Bonus: Overcoming Trauma-Related Shame and Self-Loathing with Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Shame has an insidious impact on our traumatized clients’ ability to find relief and perspective even with good treatment. Feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy interfere with taking in positive experiences, leaving only hopelessness. This 60-minute recording was webcast live from the office of Dr. Janina Fisher and introduces shame from a neurobiological perspective—as a survival strategy driving somatic responses of automatic obedience and total submission.

Learn to help clients relate to their symptoms with curiosity rather than automatic acceptance, discriminate the cognitive, emotional, and physiological components of shame, and to integrate somatic as well as traditional psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural techniques to transform shame-related stuckness.

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  1. Discriminate the clinical implications of physiological and cognitive contributors to shame.
  2. Determine cognitive-behavioural, ego state, and psychoeducational interventions to address shame in clinical practice.


The Neurobiology of Shame

  • The role of shame in traumatic experience
  • Shame as an animal defence survival response
  • Effects of shame on autonomic arousal
Shame’s Evolutionary Purpose
  • Shame and the attachment system
  • Rupture and repair in attachment formation
Making Meaning of Shame
  • Feelings of disgust, degradation, and humiliation are interpreted as “who I am”
  • Cognition and the body
  • Internal working models predict the future and determine our actions
Working from the “Bottom Up”
  • The role of procedural learning and memory
  • Physiological effects of mindful dual awareness
  • Using mindfulness-based techniques to inhibit self-judgment
A New Relationship to the Shame: Acceptance and Compassion
  • Re-contextualizing shame as a younger self or part
  • Bringing our adult capacity to our childhood vulnerability
  • Healing shame through compassionate acceptance
The Social Engagement System and the Healing of Shame
  • Social engagement and the ventral vagal system (Porges)
  • The incompatibility of shame and social engagement
  • The therapist’s own social engagement system as a healing agent

Copyright : 09/12/2013

Bonus: Trauma Defined: Bessel van der Kolk on The Body Keeps the Score

Researchers are increasingly finding that the body is the key to trauma treatment. Trauma is about the body becoming immobilized, feeling helpless or numb. Often traumatized people either don’t feel their body at all, or they feel it all the time.

In this compelling one-hour discussion, world’s leading trauma researcher and author of the The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk discusses his research and the influences on his life work with trauma. During the hour, he succinctly and descriptively draws the picture of trauma, the brain, and how various treatments work (and don’t) on the trauma client.

This hour will leave you, and those with whom you share this information, with the best understanding on the nature of trauma, its impact on the brain, how our brains work and most of all, the important new treatments that promise hope to those suffering from PTSD and trauma.

Bessel has spent 40 years working with and learning from traumatized clients. In this video, he shares insight into a bold new paradigm for healing from trauma. You won’t want to miss this personal account of Dr. van der Kolk’s work.

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The Latest Clinical Research Surrounding:

  • The impact of trauma on brain activity
  • Neurofeedback, EMDR and “body work” on symptom reduction
  • The effectiveness of movement, mindfulness and theater activities in trauma treatment


  1. Explain how trauma influences the activity of the key areas of the brain and how that dictates behavior patterns.
  2. Articulate the clinical research surrounding the effectiveness of yoga, mindfulness meditation, and theater in healing trauma in clients.

Copyright : 02/09/2014