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Online Consultation Sessions
Advanced Skills and Consultation Sessions:
8 Advanced Sessions on Complex
Trauma an
d Dissociation
with Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

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About me

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8 sessions
From January 10th,
2024 
to August 14th, 2024 

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Eastern 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific CA/USA 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mountain CA/USA 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM London, UK 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Madrid, Spain 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Berlin, Germany 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Copenhagen, Denmark 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Helsinki, Finland

Live Online Sessions via Zoom

Video via Home Study 

(60 days access to the recording)

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Advanced

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Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, MFTs, LPCs, graduate-level Counselors, any other mental health professionals/providers.

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$85 USD per session
$99 CAD + Tax per session

Sessions not sold separately

Total cost for the 8 sessions is:
$792 CAD + Tax 
$680 USD

Join Kathy Steele for a stimulating combination of study and case consultation for complex trauma and dissociation. Eight monthly groups of 3 hours each will focus on selected clinical topics chosen by Kathy as being particularly clinically relevant. Every month she will provide a 1 hr. lecture that includes specific clinical skills related to each topic, followed by group discussion, and then 90 minutes of case consultation.  This unique program is designed to help therapists hone their skills and provide a rich forum for discussion and consultation.

01 SESSION
Treatment Planning

Wednesday, January 10th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET (60 days access to the recording)

Complexity, ongoing crisis and comorbidity all make it extremely difficult to organize a reasonable and progressive treatment plan. We will explore both general and specific ways to support rational treatment planning in order keep therapy stable and on track.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify five (5) prognostic factors that impact treatment planning

  2. List at least two (2) goals of treatment for three clients.

  3. Discuss at least three (3) organizing principles of treatment planning with complex trauma and dissociation, including how to approach comorbid challenges.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Introduction

  • The values of treatment planning

  • Prognostic factors that affect treatment plans

  • What to include in treatment planning

  • Setting objective goals and staying on track

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Q & A

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Break

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Case consultation

02 SESSION
Working with Extreme Avoidance and Amnesia

Wednesday, February 14th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET (60 days access to the recording)

Avoidance is a hallmark of trauma-related disorders and may be extreme in clients with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. We will discuss major types of avoidance and offer a brief overview of treatment.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least four (4) strategies to work with extreme avoidance.

  2. Assess at least two (2) reasons for severe dissociation in the present and identify common threads of awareness underneath the amnesia.

  3. List at least four (4) types of avoidance.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Introduction to the world of avoidance

  • Types of avoidance

  • Assessing for severe amnesia and finding threads of awareness

  • Strategies to address avoidance and amnesia

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Q & A

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Break

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Case consultation

03 SESSION
Working with Attachment in CPTSD

Wednesday, March 13th 
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET (60 days access to the recording)

Therapists are told the therapeutic relationship is central to the work, yet little is discussed about what exactly that relationship should look like. We will examine myths about secure attachment and explore practical ways to have a well-boundaried relationship based on collaboration.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the core characteristics of secure attachment and list at least three myths of secure attachment.

  2. Prepare a collaborative relational strategy, combined with compassionate curiosity with traumatized individuals.

  3. Identify their own urges to caretake or rescue clients and shift to a collaborative strategy.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Myths of attachment

  • The therapist’s urge to caretake and rescue and the client’s wish to be rescued

  • What rescue actually does to the client’s attachment

  • Components of a secure therapeutic relationship

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Q & A

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Break

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Case consultation

04 SESSION
Chronic Shame

Wednesday, April 10th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET (60 days access to the recording)

Chronic shame is a core problem for clients with complex trauma. We will very briefly explore the functions of both adapative and maladaptive (chronic) shame, as well as provide an overview of major treatment approaches.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify both adaptive and maladaptive functions of shame.

  2. Utilize at least five (5) interventions to work with chronic shame.

  3. Discuss treatment implications of the Compass of Shame (D. Nathanson).

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Acute versus Chronic shame

  • Functions of shame

  • Compass of shame

  • Interventions for chronic shame

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Q & A

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Break

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Case consultation

05 SESSION
Personality Disorder Traits and Trauma

Wednesday, May 15th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET (60 days access to the recording)

The many personality disorders can be complex and confusing to the therapist. In this webinar we offer a meta-perspective on various categories of experience that can be impacted by personality traits and disorders.

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify five (5) components of experience that may indicate a personality disorder.

  2. Discuss at least three (3) personality traits that make trauma therapy challenging.

  3. Utilize at least 4 interventions that help contain and guide therapy with clients who have personality disorders.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Personality disorders and trauma

  • Major components of personality disorders: cognitive, emotional, relational, rigidity of defense, externalizing; problems with sense of self/others

  • Personality traits in psychotherapy

  • Interventions to manage personality traits and disorders

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Q & A

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Break

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Case consultation

06 SESSION
Narcissism 

Wednesday, June 12th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET (60 days access to the recording)

Narcissism has become almost a buzz word, but it is central to understanding how deeply traumatized clients use narcissistic defenses to protect themselves. We will use compassionate curiosity to explore basic dynamics commonly seen in therapy and some treatment approaches.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss features of narcissism that can be used as treatment targets: maladaptive self/other schemas; poor mentalizing; disturbances in agency; compromised emotional processing; perfectionism; difficulties symbolizing; rigid defenses against vulnerability.

  2. Utilize compassionate curiosity as a resilience factor for negative countertransference.

  3. Identify at least two (2) key interventions to support adaptive functioning in these clients.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Narcissism and trauma: A compassionate understanding

  • Managing countertransference

  • Features of narcissism that serve as treatment targets

  • Interventions for treating narcissism

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Q & A

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Break

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Case consultation

07 SESSION
Working with Child Parts

Wednesday, July 10th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET (60 days access to the recording)

Child parts can be challenging to work with in therapy. We will explore rational ways to understand and work with various types of child parts, including those that are attachment seeking, avoidant, stuck in trauma, preverbal, or nonverbal. Common countertransferences to these parts will be discussed.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the several functions of child parts in dissociative clients.

  2. Utilize at least two (2) collaborative strategies to work with child parts, including ways to invite the client to be responsible for these parts.

  3. Discuss the transference and countertransference issues with child parts of an adult client.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Child parts as developmental representations: Treatment implications

  • Working with the adult self and child parts

  • Working with the system and child parts

  • Approaches to working with a child part in integrative ways

  • Maintaining boundaries and containing rescue and caretaking urges

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Q & A

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Break

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Case consultation

08 SESSION
Working with Hostile/Perpetrator Parts

Wednesday, August 14th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET (60 days access to the recording)

Hostile, aggressive parts and those that believe they are the abuser rather than the victim are often difficult to treat. We will first explore the therapist’s fear and reluctance to work with these parts, then discuss how to determine if these parts are likely to act out aggressively or not. We will examine how to pendulate between direct work with these parts and supporting the adult self of the client to reduce their fear and engage with these parts. A step wise progression of work will be described.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the functions of hostile and perpetrator-like parts.

  2. Describe at least two (2) similarities and differences in treating hostile parts versus parts that believe they are the actual perpetrator.

  3. Utilize at least two (2)  interventions to create greater internal safety and maintain safety in session through aggression management and supporting the client to understand and symbolize these parts of self.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Hostile versus perpetrator-imitating parts: Treatment implications

  • How to approach hostile parts within a window of tolerance

  • Helping the client learn to accept and understand hostile parts

  • Integrative approaches to working with hostile parts: Using motivations and compassionate curiosity

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Q & A

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Break

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Case consultation

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BIO
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About Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

Kathy Steele has been in private practice since 1985, and with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates in Atlanta, Georgia since 1988. She was Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a non- profit psychotherapy and training center until 2016. She is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has also served two terms on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Kathy served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders, and on the Joint International Task Force that has developed treatment guidelines for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She has received a number of awards for her work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD, an Emory University Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions from ISSTD. Kathy has (co)authored numerous book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, and three books with her colleagues.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits:

1 CE credit/contact hour awarded per session

*CE credits also available for the home study version!

See our FAQ section below for more information

American Psychological Association (APA)   

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Case consultation groups that are part of this program have not been pre-approved for continuing education credits/ hours. Participants should check their state’s licensure board regarding the acceptance of CE credits/hours for this program.

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)    

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program.

Case consultation groups that are part of this program have not been pre-approved for continuing education credits/ hours. Participants should check their state’s licensure board regarding the acceptance of CE credits/hours for this program.

 

National Board for Certified Counselors   

                Envision Counselling and Consulting has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7241. Programs that do not                             qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Envision Counselling and Consulting is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Case consultation groups that are part of this program have not been pre-approved for continuing education credits/ hours. Participants should check their state’s licensure board regarding the acceptance of CE credits/hours for this program.

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)  Pending 24 CEC

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)  Pending 24 CE's

*A certificate with one (1) CE credit will be issue after each session. 

** The Certificate from CCPA will be issued upon completion of the entire program (8 sessions). Partial credit is not available.

***If you are unable to attend live, you can access the recording in the home study version, watch it in its entirety, and then pass a quiz with a score of 75% or higher. After taking the quiz, you will be able to download a certificate as proof of completion.

CE credits

FAQ

What are the requirements for obtaining CEs?

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in at the start of the live interactive session and logged out at the end, and attended the entire session to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire session. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following each session's completion. If participants watch the recording (home study) version of the sessions, they will have access to Self-Study CE credits after completion of a short quiz.

Do I have to pay extra for CE credits?

No. The cost of CE credits is included with your registration fee.​

If I cannot attend live, can I still get CE credits?

Yes. You can access the recording in the home study version, watch it in its entirety, and then pass a quiz with a score of 75% or higher. After taking the quiz, you will be able to download a certificate as proof of completion.

How do I access the home study version when it becomes available?

You will be emailed five (5) business days after the live event with instructions on how you can access Envision's online learning platform. Sign in to your online account: Locate the email and click on your personal sign-in link to set your password. You cannot locate the email we sent? Login directly through the platform. Copy and paste the link below into your web browser: https://on-demand.envisionworkshops.com/pages/home-page To login, use the email address you provided when you registered for the workshop. To create your password, click on "Forgot Password" and set up a password for your account. If you already have an account and password, use those credentials to login.

How long do I have to review the recording?

You will have 60 days to review the recording. The recording will be made available approximately five (5) business days after the live session.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds on purchased tickets are available up until 15 days before the date of the first live session. There is no refund after this date. Refunds will include the ticket price less a $50 processing fee for all refunds/price adjustments. *Prices subject to change. Refunds within 15 days of the first live session will be in the form of a credit. These credits do not expire. Please email registration@envisionservices.ca if cancellation is required.

If I have special needs or require accommodations, what do I do?

Email registration@envisionservices.ca at least five (5) business days prior to the live session to request accommodations or discuss your needs. Envision cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

If I have a complaint or grievance, who do I contact?

Please email registration@envisionservices.ca. All grievances must be in writing and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

Is there commercial support or a conflict of interest for this presentation?

Kathy Steele receives a speaking honorarium from Envision. There are no known conflicts of interests or commercial support for this program. Envision does not receive any financial support for this presentation. Literature may be referred to during the presentation. Envision will not receive any book royalties and was not offered any financial incentives for the mention of those books. Please note that authors of these books will get a royalty from any sale made of their books as per their agreement with the publishing company. For more information on any potential conflict of interest or financial support, attendees may email Envision at registration@envisionservices.ca.

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