Linda A. Curran, BCPC, LPC, CAADC, CCDP, is a sought after international trainer, best-selling author and film producer. Linda has trained thousands of clinicians in the treatment of trauma. With advanced degrees in both clinical psychology and public health, Linda is a board certified licensed professional counselor; certified Gestalt therapist; certified hypnotherapist; level II EMDR practitioner; certified addiction counselor diplomate; certified co-occurring professional diplomate; and president of Integrative Trauma Treatment. Author of both Trauma Competency: A Clinicians Guide and 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions and producer of the video series, The Master Clinician Series, Linda has developed, produced, and presents multi-media workshops on all aspects of psychological trauma. Linda continues to advocate for accessible, coherent, integrative trauma treatment for all those affected by trauma.

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Trauma Competency: Neuroscience, Diagnosis, and Best Practices for Successful Trauma Treatment
July 23-27, 2018

With advances in both brain imaging and neuroscience came a fuller understanding of trauma; what it is; how it is experienced and stored in the body and subcortical areas of the brain; and state of the art therapeutic interventions for its successful resolution. Through didactic illustration and explanation, live and videotaped demonstrations, and experiential exercises, this seminar provides clinicians with a thorough understanding of trauma theory, diagnosis, and phase-oriented treatment. Participants will leave this workshop with the tools to facilitate clients' movement through Phase One-stabilization and safety, along with the knowledge to recommend one or more of the current trauma processing modalities that comprise Phase Two-processing trauma memories including, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Internal Family Systems (IFS).

In this course we will go over how to:

Describe both the neuroscience of trauma and its biological nature.

Define and differentiate the following diagnoses: Simple Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Developmental Trauma Disorder; Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder 

Define Janet's phase model of treatment for complex trauma, including the goals of each phase 

Demonstrate various trauma tools; mindfulness, guided imagery, EFT and meridian-based techniques to decrease client's arousal levels and modulate affect. 

Describe the current trauma processing modalities

Trauma Overview

  • What is Trauma?
  • Neuroscience and current trauma paradigm
  • Biological nature of trauma~fight/flight/freeze/collapse
  • Porges' Polyvagal Theory
  • Differentiating single incident, prolonged, complex and developmental trauma

Baby/Momma Trauma
Attachment and The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study)

  • Primer: Attachment Essentials
  • Insecure Attachment Styles (Assessment and Primary Treatment Issues)
  • Avoidant
  • Preoccupied
  • Disorganized type (Main, Hesse)
  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study)~ implications for treatment

Janet's Tri-phasic Model Trauma Treatment:
Stage One: Stabilization and Safety

  • Assessment, Rapport, Psychoeducation
  • Helping clients develop the skills to stay stable (Part One)

Janet's Tri-phasic Model Trauma Treatment:
Stage One: Stabilization and Safety:

Helping clients develop the skills to stay stable (Part Two), including breathing techniques, mindfulness, EFT, yoga, and multi-sensory guided imagery

Stage Two: Processing Trauma Memories

  • Assessing client readiness for processing trauma memories
  • Overview of current trauma processing modalities
  • Q & A
  • Wrap up


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"Linda Curran is a phenomenal presenter, engaging, caring, and incredibly knowledgeable."

"I have been to many trauma trainings, but this was the most personally meaningful and useful of all I have experienced."

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