Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma: What’s A Clinician to Do? (The 2022 Annual Cape Cod Symposia)

Eastham, MA US
July 11, 2022 to July 15, 2022

Speaker:  Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., ABPP

Complex posttraumatic conditions often develop over the course of childhood in the aftermath of chronic cumulative trauma and abuse. It has many different manifestations across the lifespan and may be compounded by additional experiences of trauma in adulthood.  Following an introduction that will offer an overview of types of trauma and complex trauma, the importance of understanding identity, context and other characteristics of the trauma, variable responses and adaptations, and description and limitations of the diagnostic criteria, the workshop focus will be on integrative treatment approaches. Attendees will learn of current advances in treatment and the strategies recommended in clinical practice guidelines as well as issues of controversy in treatment. A new treatment meta-model with the acronym PRISM, developed by the presenter and her co-author will be introduced as it relates to the recommended sequenced meta-model. The importance of the therapeutic relationship as a foundation of treatment and the therapist’s competence to treat and will be stressed. 

The workshop will focus on treatment of various durations and intensities, emerging neuro-physiological and attachment/relational approaches and hybrid models. In addition Dr. Courtois will address philosophy and frame issues, assessment procedures; sequenced treatment, incorporation of evidence-based strategies; challenges of working with dissociation and self-fragmentation; and present-centered and person-centered approaches directed at affect regulation, ego-enhancement, symptom stabilization; and the maintenance of the client’s functioning Complex posttraumatic conditions often develop over the course of childhood in the aftermath of chronic cumulative trauma and abuse. It has many different manifestations across the lifespan and may be compounded by additional experiences of trauma in adulthood.  Following an introduction that will offer an overview of types of complex trauma, its variable responses and adaptations, and description and limitations of the diagnostic criteria, the workshop focus will be on integrative treatment approaches. Attendees will learn of current advances in treatment and the strategies recommended in clinical practice guidelines as well as issues of controversy in treatment. The importance of the therapist’s competence to treat and the therapeutic relationship as a foundation of treatment will be stressed. The presenter will focus on treatment of various durations and intensities, emerging neuro-physiological and attachment/relational approaches and hybrid models. In addition Dr. Courtois will address philosophy and frame issues, assessment procedures; sequenced treatment, incorporation of evidence-based strategies; challenges of working with dissociation and self-fragmentation; and present-centered and person-centered approaches directed for affect regulation, ego-enhancement, symptom stabilization, and the maintenance of the client’s functioning.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Please note we will be following all Boston University local event and meeting protocols to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, staff, and the local community and will update all attendees on these protocols as we get closer to the meeting date.  In person attendees must attest that they have been fully vaccinated (14 days since last dose) before attending the meeting.  If you will not be fully vaccinated or feel ill on the day, we respectfully ask that you attend the meeting virtually (We are happy to convert any in-person registrations to virtual at any time). 

Target Audience

This program is designed for intermediate psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, allied mental health professionals, educators, and other medical professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, the participant will be able to:

 

1. Identify the aftereffects of chronic cumulative trauma (particularly during childhood) as a complex posttraumatic condition and will be able to identify criteria of this condition.

2. Discuss the philosophy and recommended sequencing of treatment for complex posttraumatic conditions.

3. Identify several trauma-focused, present-centered and person-centered strategies and techniques for complex posttraumatic conditions.

4. List several relational strategies in treating complex trauma survivors and will be able to name several strategies for working with self-fragmenting and dissociation.

5. Identify several trauma treatments that have an evidence-base and several innovations and emerging treatments that are evidence-supported.

 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston University School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 15.00 ANCC
    Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • 15.00 Participation
Course opens: 
01/07/2022
Course expires: 
07/15/2023
Event starts: 
07/11/2022 - 9:00am EDT
Event ends: 
07/15/2022 - 12:15pm EDT
Cost:
$649.00
Rating: 
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All sessions run Monday – Friday 9:00am – 12:15pm with one 15 minute break so each day is 3 hours of instruction. Breakfast and morning break is included.

Monday: Types of Trauma; Complex Trauma Reactions and Adaptations Over the Lifespan; Adaptations and Aftereffects Including Dissociation; Case Discussion, Q & A

Tuesday: Therapist Training and Readiness to Provide Complex Trauma Treatment; Self of the Therapist; Competencies; Ethics and the Imperative for Self-Care, Ongoing Support and Consultation; Case Discussion, Q & A

Wednesday: Integrative Treatment; The Treatment Frame; Sequencing and Selection of Approaches; Working with Dissociation and Self-Fragmentation; Case Discussion, Q & A

Thursday: Selection of Approaches (continued): Trauma-focused, Present-focused, Person-focused; Paradoxes Commonly Encountered in Treatment; Case Discussion, Q & A

Friday: Putting It All Together: The Challenges and Satisfactions of the Treatment of Complex Trauma; Case Discussion, Q & A

Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod
3800 State Highway
Eastham, MA 02642
United States
+1 (508) 255-5000

The Annual Cape Cod Summer Symposia will be conducted at the Four Points by Sheraton Eastham. Located just 2 miles from the National Seashore, the Four Points offers a large indoor heated pool, an outdoor pool and free wi-fi. Special rates for symposia participants are available Sunday through Thursday.Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod and it's sister property next door, the Ocean Park Inn. 

Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod

Enjoy updated accommodations and a relaxing environment at Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod. Eastham is near the gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore, which boasts miles of pristine beaches and breathtaking scenery, and is ideally situated between Hyannis and Provincetown. Enjoy easy access to many local gems from our hotel, including salt marshes, kettle ponds, bike trails, whale watching, dune tours, Truro Winery and golf courses. After an adventurous day, retreat to your spacious room with high-speed Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV and luxury bedding. Start you day with a workout at our fitness center and a swim in our indoor and outdoor pools. You can also grab a delicious breakfast and dinner at our on-site restaurant. Take advantage of our 24-hour business center and food pantry and book one of our flexible event rooms if you'll be hosting a business or social event. Whether you're visiting for business or leisure, have a memorable Massachusetts time at Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod.

Maker your reservation at the Four Points by Sheraton here.


Ocean Park Inn

3900 State Highway, Eastham, MA 02642
Phone: 508.255.1132 | Website: capecodopi.com

Located next door to the Four Points by Sheraton, this pet-friendly hotel, offers complimentary access to all amenities at the Four Points and free wi-fi. Special rates for symposia participants are available.

Make your reservation at the Ocean Park Inn by visiting the hotel webiste capecodopi.com  and entering this code in the book your stay window.  BU2022

By staying at the conference venue, you help the host organizations meet their contractual obligations. Please take this into consideration when making your accommodation decision.  Thank you!

Travel

The Beauty of Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a sea-swept peninsula that juts 70 miles into the Atlantic. With its 300 miles of sandy beaches and dunes, the Cape provides an enchantment unparalleled in North America. Its natural beauty has attracted visitors to its shores for generations.

Beaches | Known for its enchanting beaches, the outer Cape is home to the Cape Cod National Seashore. This 40-mile stretch of beach and marsh has some of the most beautiful and best-preserved oceanside in the nation. Visit nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/guide-to-beaches.htm.

Restaurants | Cape Cod cuisine has some of the best variety of fresh seafood, meat and produce found on the eastern seaboard. To discover your next mouthwatering experience visit capecoddiningguide.com.

The Whales | Just off the Cape lies Stellwagen Bank, a shallow undersea area rich in plant life. Here, whales, porpoises, and seals feed during the summer months, and no trip to the Cape is complete without an excursion to see them. A whale watch trip will be coordinated with the Dolphin Fleet for interested symposium participants and their guests. The excursion usually lasts about three hours. In that span you can expect to see dozens of nature’s largest ocean dwellers.

Hiking and Biking | The land behind the water's edge is some of the most beautiful in the world. Trails meander through massive dunes where there is a wealth of unusual plant and animal life. For a list of trails visit capecodchamber.org/cape-cod-hiking-and-walking-trails. Bike trails are laid out all throughout the Cape. In Provincetown, Eastham and Orleans you may rent a bicycle for a ride along the Seashore. There are surfaced trails in Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, North Truro, and Provincetown.

Kids Activities | The Cape offers a magical experience for children of all ages. For the preschooler, the world can become a sand castle with its towers and walls surrounded by a saltwater moat. Older children can bike, boogie board or enjoy some shopping. Check out (kidsonthecape.com) for activities, summer camps, and rentals on the Cape.
For more information about life on Cape Cod, visit capecodchamber.org.

Cape Cod is a very popular destination in the summer. The most convenient airports to use are Logan International Airport in Boston, MA or T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI. Both are a two-hour drive to Cape Cod. Direct flights to the Cape are available from Boston, N.Y. and Providence. A car is necessary to enjoy the activities and explore the beauty of the Cape.

 

Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified counseling psychologist who retired from 35 years in clinical practice in Washington, DC, and is now a consultant/trainer on trauma psychology and treatment. She continues to edit and write books on trauma responses and treatment. She has written numerous articles and chapters and co-authored Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Dr. Julian Ford and others; with Dr. Ford, she has co-authored a book on the treatment of complex trauma and co-edited two books on complex trauma in adults and children/adolescents. She is also a co-editor of Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma, and author of the consumer book It’s Not You, It’s What Happened to You.

Dr. Courtois was chair of the recently released Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD in Adults for the American Psychological Association (APA, 2017). She is past president of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Dr. Courtois founded and inpatient treatment program, The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program, in DC for which she served as Clinical and Training Director for 16 years. She has received the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Professional Practice, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence, and most recently the American Board of Professional Psychology, 2016 Distinguished Service Award to the Profession of Psychology and the American Psychological Association Division 56 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The revised ten-year anniversary revision of her 2009 book on treating complex trauma will be released by Guilford Press in February 2020

 

Planning Committee:

Stephen Brady, PhD | CME Course Director
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine

Janice Furlong, MSW | Social Work Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work

Robert C. Guerette, MD | Planning Committee
President, New England Educational Institute

Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN | Accredited Provider Activity Director
Continuing Medical Education Office, Boston University School of Medicine

Debra M. Winters, APRN-BC, AACRN | CNE Nurse Advisor
Community Research Initiative (CRI)

CME Program Manager:  Claire P. Grimble, CMP

Psychologists

Coming Soon.

Physicians
Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers.

Coming Soon.

Social Workers – New York State
Boston University School of Medicine, Barry M. Manual Continuing Medical Education Office is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0589.

Note:  Social Workers must attend all sessions for credit. Partial credit is not allowed.

Nurses
Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors
Coming Soon

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

Available Credit

  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston University School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 15.00 ANCC
    Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • 15.00 Participation

Price

Cost:
$649.00
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Please note the registration fees are the same for both in-person or virtual attendance.

To pay by check, please create an account and email us at cme@bu.edu or call 617-358-5005 and we will assist you.

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made at any time without an additional charge. Refunds, less an $50 administrative fee, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the meeting. Should cancellation occur within the two-week window, a credit will be issued, not a refund. Credits will be honored for up to two years. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee. Cancellations/substitution(s) must be made in writing. Refunds or credits will not be issued once the conference has started. This course is subject to change or cancellation.

Special Services / Dietary Needs

Boston University strives to be accessible, inclusive and diverse in our facilities, programming and academic offerings. Your experience in this event is important to us. If you have a disability, require communication access services for the deaf or hard of hearing, or believe that you require a reasonable accommodation for another reason please contact the BUSM-CME Office at least 3 weeks prior to event to discuss your needs.  For in person meetings with meals, we will work to accommodate dietary requests (including, but not limited to: kosher, vegetarian, low cholesterol, and low sodium) received in writing at least three weeks prior to the start of the conference.  Please contact us at cme@bu.edu

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COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Please note we will be following all Boston University, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and local ordinances and meeting protocols to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, staff, and the local community and will update all attendees on these protocols as we get closer to the meeting date.  In person attendees must attest that they have been fully vaccinated (14 days since last dose) before attending the meeting.  If you will not be fully vaccinated or feel ill on the day, we respectfully ask that you do not attend the meeting. 

Boston University School of Medicine seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Claire Grimble, cme@bu.edu, 617-358-5005.  Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.