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Foundations and Innovations in the Treatment of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
Friday, May 03, 2019, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM EDT
Category: NJPA Programs

NJPA 2019 Spring Conference 
Foundations and Innovations in the Treatment of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
Presented by: Dr. Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP

Friday, May 3, 2019
Pines Manor 2085 Route 27, Edison, NJ 08817
6 CE Credits
NJPA Member $240; non-member $480
NJPA Sustaining Member $204
ECP $180
NJPA Student $100; non-student member $200  

Program Schedule:
8:00-8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:30 AM Program (2 CE)
10:30 AM-10:45 AM Morning Break
10:45 AM-11:45 PM Program (1 CE)
11:45 PM-12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM-2:30 PM Program (2 CE)
2:30 PM- 2:45 PM Afternoon Break
2:45 PM- 3:45 PM Program (1 CE)
3:45 PM End of Program

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Morning Workshop

This workshop will first give an overview of the development of the APA Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG), for which the presenter served as chair. The recommendations—along with the strengths and limitations--of the APA guideline will be reviewed and discussed. As considerable controversy accompanied the publication of the guideline, various critiques and viewpoints (pro and con) will be presented.

This will be followed by an overview of four other CPGs on the treatment of PTSD that were updated and published concurrently with the APA document (ISTSS, NICE, Phoenix Australia, & US DOD/VA). The recommendations of these various CPGs will be compared. Recently published or updated PPGs for the treatment of Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders and the Dissociative Disorders will also be discussed. The APA Council of Representatives accepted that CPGs be accompanied by a companion Professional Practice Guideline (PPGs). PPGs are more broad-based documents than are CPGs, in that that rely on a broader range of information, such as characteristics of the population under review, recommended and contraindicated clinical approaches and strategies based on clinical experience, expertise and consensus, and treatment challenges and decision-making.

The final portion of this workshop will address the status of evidence-based relationship variables of treatment (in general and as pertains to PTSD) that were mostly unaddressed in the CPGs for PTSD, much to the dismay of clinicians. This part will summarize aspects of the therapeutic relationship and “common factors” that are particularly pertinent to treatment of traumatized individuals, especially those who were interpersonally victimized.

Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will be able to list the recommended evidence-based treatments for PTSD, according to the five sets of recently published or updated Clinical Practice Guidelines, including that produced by APA in 2017.
2. Attendees will be able to differentiate between a Clinical Practice Guideline and a Professional Practice Guideline.
3. Attendees will be able to list several relational strategies that have an evidence base.

Afternoon Workshop
Part 2 will define types of trauma, responses and adaptations to trauma, complex PTSD and the dissociative disorders, assessment issues, and treatment philosophy. Evidence-based treatment strategies, especially those directed towards affect regulation, ego-enhancement, symptom stabilization, and the maintenance of the client’s functioning, will be outlined. Emerging research from neurophysiological and attachment/relational approaches will be presented. The importance of the therapeutic relationship to the treatment will be stressed; discussion of transference and countertransference issues will be interwoven throughout the presentation. The vicarious traumatization of the therapist will also be discussed, as will strategies for therapist self-care.

Learning Objectives
1. Attendees will be able to identify the aftereffects of chronic cumulative trauma (particularly during childhood) as a complex posttraumatic condition or disorder and will be able to identify criteria of this disorder.
2. Attendees will gain an understanding of the philosophy and sequencing of treatment for complex posttraumatic conditions and disorders.
3. Attendees will gain an understanding of some of the major transference and counter-transference issues in treating these conditions and the need for attention to one’s emotional health and self-care.

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Presenter: Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Courtois has received international recognition and awards for her work on the effects of incest, child sexual abuse, and complex traumatic stress disorders. She has served as Chair of the Guideline Development Panel for the American Psychological Association Treatment Guideline for PTSD in Adults (2017) and has either co-chaired or participated as a member of other guideline development efforts. She is currently co-editing (by invitation) concurrent special issues of two APA journals, Psychotherapy and Practice Innovations on the controversies surrounding the APA PTSD Treatment Guideline, both to be published later this year. Dr. Courtois has published several books on trauma. 

The presenter does not have any commercial support and/ or conflict for interest for this program.

NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.

NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.

Target Audience: Psychologists; Psychiatrists; Social workers; Nurses; Mental Health Counselors; marriage and Family Therapist; Graduate Students
Program sophistication: Intermediate: some basic knowledge of the specific content is required.

ADA accommodations available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Registration Policies: On–Site Registration fees will increase by $20. Refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted until April 22, 2019. No refunds after April 22, 2019.

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.