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The Challenge of Treating Complex PTSD: What to do When Things Get Messy and Uncomfortable

When working with trauma cases do you often see clients go into flight, fight, and/or freeze? Do they yell at you, insult you, or leave the session? Are there times you find yourself angry at your clients or just downright don’t like them? Do you recognize your own flight, fight, and/or freeze response? Welcome to the messy, often confusing world of trauma treatment. In this workshop, you’ll explore practical in-session techniques as well as a framework to help you recognize what’s happening when things heat up and get intense.

  • Focus on how to assess the client’s motivation, stage of change, and preferred mode of learning and how to build a therapeutic collaboration around it
  • Explore the importance of therapist transparency and how to empower clients by making the therapy process as safe and explicit as possible
  • Learn how to explore intra-family violence or include additional family members in your sessions


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Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD |  Mary Jo Barrett, MSW
3 Hours 50 Minutes
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Mar 18, 2016
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This online program is worth 3.75 hours CPD.



Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD Related seminars and products

Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD., is the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University and the author of Nurturing Queer Youth.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Linda Stone Fish is in private practice. She is a David B. Falk Endowed Professor at Syracuse University.

Non-financial: Linda Stone Fish is a member of the American Family Therapy Association.

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW's Profile

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW Related seminars and products

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, and the coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change and Systemic Treatment of Incest.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary Jo Barrett is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change.

Non-financial: Mary Jo Barrett has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive) Access never expires for this product.


  1. Describe how to assess the client’s motivation, stage of change, and preferred mode of learning to improve treatment outcomes.
  2. Articulate the importance of therapist transparency to improve client engagement
  3. Articulate strategies to help empower clients in session
  4. Explore intra-family violence and its clinical implications


Introduction and overview of collaborative change model for trauma treatment

  • Introduction to collaborative change as a "meta-model" to other trauma therapies
  • Discussion how collaborative change model can help therapists overcome being stuck

Experiencing collaborative change therapy with trauma

  • In-depth study of the concept of ethical attunement
  • Workshop between participants to discuss techniques
  • Clinical feedback examples to support collaborative change model of therapy
  • Review of collaboration change model and lesson on techniques how to apply it to other models of therapy

Concluding remarks and question and answer session

  • Presenters answer specific questions about trauma model
  • Final consolidation exercise to use with clients

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals



Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 94


Joy W

"Such a rich, satisfying embodying and enacting of the collaborative method and material they were teaching. I am taking away so much which I will apply in different contexts and settings."

Lewis N

"Very knowledgeable clinicians. thank you"

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