CEU Course Details


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Agate Institute: Ethical Dilemmas in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation Across the Lifespan

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October 30 and November 6, 2020

This workshop explores the complicated ethical dilemmas in treating clients in different developmental stages with complex trauma and dissociation. Some clinical challenges require therapists to develop a mindful and collaborative decision-making process that considers highly complex situations. We will explore the intersection of our personal and professional ethics and its impact on our ethical decision-making. Common ethical challenges will be discussed, including reporting and confidentiality issues, involvement of parents and caregivers of children, as well as the adult client’s social supports in therapy; ongoing abuse and revictimization; ethical issues related to self-harm, suicidality, and danger to others; boundary issues; management of the therapeutic relationship and intense countertransference; ethical management of impasses; and how to address issues arising from fragmented caregiving systems and parental severance. Confidentiality issues with adults, adolescents and children will be discussed. Conversations among three experts, case examples, and didactic material will offer a lively time of learning. This training will not address the specifics of regional or national board laws and regulations but instead will focus on moment to moment decision-making skills in the face of ethical challenges arising in clients with complex clinical presentations.

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.

October 30th    11:00 am – 2:00 pm EST
November 6th  11:00 am – 2:00 pm EST

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  1. Explore the intersection of their personal and professional ethics, and ways in which their ethical decision-making might be further developed.
  2. Discuss flexible guidelines that support adaptive growth in both client and therapist.
  3. Identify common ethical issues in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation across the lifespan.
  4. Employ practical approaches to resolve specific complex ethical dilemmas in complex trauma survivors.
  5. Analyze the ethical use of therapeutic boundaries with clients who have experienced complex trauma.
  6. Examine at least two ethical dilemmas in their current caseload.
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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 6 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 3/31/2023
  • 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: 2382
  • 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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