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Agate Institute: Complex Trauma & Dissociation Across The Lifespan with Ana Gomez, Kathy Steele, and Dolores Mosquera

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Pandemic stresses are further activating dissociative and other entrenched defenses in clients of all ages with complex trauma and dissociation. This may cause significant dysregulation and distress, making treatment more challenging than usual. This training offers a unique integration of approaches across the lifespan, from children to the elderly, providing clinicians with the basic theory, clinical assessment skills, and stabilization strategies to support clients coping with the effects of early and chronic trauma.

Presenter Bios:

Dolores Mosquera, a well known psychologist, is the director of 3 private trauma clinics, including the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders in Spain. She has published 12 books and has been involved in the EMDR world for 19 years, as a supervisor and trainer. Her sensitivity and credibility to professionals is known worldwide. She teaches an in depth understanding of how to work with DID clients, borderline clients, their families and their complex universe.

Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN, has been treating complex trauma and dissociation for over three decades in private practice in Atlanta, GA. Kathy is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has received a number of awards for her clinical and published works. She has co-authored numerous publications in the field of trauma and dissociation and frequently teaches internationally. Her books include:Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach (2017, with Suzette Boon & Onno van der Hart) Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation:  A Skills Training for Patients and Therapists (2011, with Suzette Boon & Onno van der Hart) The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (2006, with Onno van der Hart & Ellert Nijenhuis)

Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC born in Colombia (South America) is a psychotherapist in private practice, author of several books, chapters and articles, and a lecturer internationally known for her innovative work with children and adolescents.
Ana Gomez is an EMDRIA approved consultant; an EMDRIA advanced training provider, an EMDR Institute and EMDR-IBA trainer and a trainer of trainers. Furthermore, Ana has received training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Theraplay, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), and the use of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families affected by trauma and adversity for almost 25 years. Ana has presented in more than 35 cities in the USA. She has also presented in multiple cities in Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Penticton, Toronto), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne), New Zealand, Japan, Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), UK, Argentina, Chile, Brazil (Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba) , Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica. 
Ana has developed seven Advanced Workshops with over 80 hours of content, and teaching materials. These workshops have been presented in person and virtually to large audiences in over 20 countries and 100 cities on four continents, in addition to developing numerous protocols. 


Fridays: June 5, June 12, June 19, July 3, & July 10 2020 – 10am – 1:00pm Pacific time

Learning Objectives
Clinicians attending this training will be able to:

  • Differentiate between complex developmental trauma and acute or “single incident” trauma
  • Cite various theories that address dissociation
    • Describe the biological and psychological underpinnings and the theories that address it
    • Describe how dissociation manifests in various stages of development
    • Discuss what constitutes dissociative parts
    • Similarities and differences in dissociation in children and adolescents and adults.
    • Special issues in working with the elderly dissociative client
  • Describe phase-oriented treatment of complex PTSD and dissociationDescribe the use of language in speaking with children, adolescents and adults about dissociation
    • Compare approaches to PTSD to those for Complex PTSD and dissociative disorders like DID
    • List principles and goals throughout the phases

MODULE 2: CLINICAL ASSESSMENT – Friday, June 12, 2020
Learning Objectives
Clinicians attending this training will be able to:

  • Employ clinical assessment strategies for dissociation in children, adolescents, adults and the elderly
  • Identify similarities and differences in working with CPTSD and dissociative disorders across the lifespan
  • Identify relational resources and roadblocks for clients and their parents, caregivers, support systems, dissociative families
  • Differentiate ego states in cPTSD and dissociative parts in dissociative disorders
  • List differences between dissociative amnesia and failures to encode: distinguishing between different types of memory problems
    • Memory issues in young children
    • Substance abuse in adolescents and adults
    • Medical issues and memory in the elderly
  • Describe Schneiderian symptoms indicating lack of voluntary control, including hearing voices
  • Describe signs of switching from one part to another

Learning Objectives
Clinicians attending this training will be able to:

  • Describe manifestations of disorganized attachment in children, adolescents and adults: Problems with too much closeness or distance
  • Describe preoccupied and dismissing attachment schemas and tendencies in the therapeutic relationship
  • Employ a collaborative relational approach that treats all parts as aspects of one person and honors the client’s protective needs while promoting realization and integration
  • Discuss the challenges of caretaking and rescue
  • Discuss therapeutic boundaries, limits and the therapeutic frame, including how to reset appropriate boundaries
  • Develop therapeutic relationship and boundaries with child client’s parents and caregivers
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to use attunement, resonance and synchrony
  • Apply principles of mentalizing: Holding the client’s mind in mind as well as our own

Learning Objectives
Clinicians attending this training will be able to:

    • A sequenced approach
    • Using externalization and “physicalization” techniques (drawing, action figures, Sandtray techniques and playful approaches…)
    • Demonstrate how to use techniques for inner communication, such as the conference room or Fraser’s table
  • Discuss capacities required for therapy
    • Working with the adult or “bigger” self in session
    • Modifications for children (limited mentalizing, regulation, etc.)
  • Apply principles on how to start working with parts
    • Stabilizing by working with parts: which parts and system conflicts to start with
  • Discuss basic approaches to resolving inner conflicts across the lifespan
  • Describe ways of helping clients find effective ways to communicate internally

Learning Objectives

Clinicians attending this training will be able to:

  • Discuss how to restore safety: external safety and neuroception of safety
  • Describe caveats about working with dissociative clients
  • Demonstrate work with parents and caregivers to improve stabilization and safety in children and adolescents
    • Describe working withing dissociative family systems
  • Discuss methods to increase emotion regulation and tolerance and tolerance for ambiguity
  • Describe tools to improve mentalizing capacities
  • Describe how to help the client’s whole system access and utilize skills and capacities
  • Apply approaches to support titrated co-consciousness.
    • Beginning with functions and coping in daily life while containing sharing of traumatic memory
To register for this Webinar please visit:  https://agateinstitute.org/
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This Ce-Classes.com course is approved for CE credit by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) Ce-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit.
  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 15 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2021
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 2-2021
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2021.
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: 2294
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021
  • New York Social Work Board – Ce-Classes.com 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-0120.

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