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Online Workshops
Study and Consultation Group:
6 Sessions on Complex Trauma and Dissociation
with Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN


About me

6 sessions
From April 13th,
to October 5th, 2023 

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific CA/USA 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Mountain CA/USA 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM London, UK 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Madrid, Spain 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Berlin, Germany 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Copenhagen, Denmark 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Helsinki, Finland

Live Online Sessions via Zoom

60 days access to the recording for review


18 hours




Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, LPCs, Psychotherapists


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

Sessions not sold separately

Total cost for the 6 sessions is:
$510 USD
$594 CAD + Tax 

Join Kathy Steele for a stimulating combination of study and case consultation for complex trauma and dissociation. Six 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 brief 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.


Working with disorganized attachment

Thursday April 13
1:00 – 4:00 PM ET (60 days access)

Disorganized attachment is the bedrock of developmental trauma and a central focus of treatment. We will explore how it develops and manifests and discuss practical approaches to treatment using the therapeutic relationship and boundaries as a healthy structure.


Participants will be able to:

1. Identify at least two (2) manifestations of disorganized attachment.

2. Explain collaborative relational approaches that take into account both the need for attachment and the need for defense.

Psychological defenses as relational strategies

Thursday May 11
1:00 – 4:00 PM ET (60 days access)

We are familiar with defenses in general, such as avoidance of emotions, aggression, or projection. But often defenses are employed to protect against vulnerability and authenticity in the therapeutic relationship. We will discuss several ways in which clients can engage with the therapist that block adaptive relationship and stall therapy, and practical interventions to reduce these defenses.


Participants will be able to:

1.  Distinguish animal defenses against threat from psychological defenses.

2. List at least five (5) psychological defenses that impact the therapeutic relationship.


Thursday June 29
1:00 – 4:00 PM ET (60 days access)

Enactments of trauma are unconscious and inevitable replays of trauma in the therapeutic relationship with individuals with developmental trauma. Participants will learn the signals for the presence of enactments and specific approaches to help the client link the enactment to the past so it does not need to be acted out in the present.


Participants will be able to:

1.  Identify enactments related to both the client and therapist’s histories.

2. Utilize at least two (2) interventions to help the client reflect on current behavior and link it to the past.

Decision making about boundaries

Thursday August 10
1:00 – 4:00 PM ET (60 days access)

How do we decide whether to use email, texts or phone calls outside of therapy? When should we increase sessions in length or frequency? And when do these boundaries need to be limited? Participants will learn which clients benefit from some flexibility and which do not. We will also explore countertransference issues of caretaking, rescue, guilt and urgency that may influence the decision -making process of the therapist regarding boundaries.


Participants will be able to:

1.  Identify which clients might benefit from boundary flexibility, and what types of boundaries can be altered, and how countertransference can affect their decisions about boundaries.

2. Discuss how to re-assert boundaries with a client who is not benefitting from them.

Idealized Fantasies

Thursday September 7
1:00 – 4:00 PM ET (60 days access)

Clients often have specific idealized fantasies about the past, themselves, perpetrators, and the therapist that can be maladaptive. These may significantly interfere with therapy. We will examine various common idealized fantasies and how they protect the client, as well as interventions to decrease the maladaptive positive affect associated with these fantasies.


Participants will be able to:

1.  List at least two (2) functions of idealized fantasies of self and others.

2. Apply at least two (2) interventions to identify and decrease the maladaptive positive affect associated with these fantasies.

Complex transference

Thursday October 5
1:00 – 4:00 PM ET (60 days access)

In developmental trauma clients acquire many strategies that help them relate to others in the absence of secure attachment. These strategies are often maladaptive and lead to multiple and contradictory transference patterns with the therapist. Clients may be alternately passive, aggressive, competitive, seductive, seeking attachment, and avoiding it, and may experience themselves as the victim in relation to the therapist, while expecting the therapist to rescue them. Participants will learn how to recognize these patterns and find compassionate ways to address them directly, promoting more adaptive and secure attachment strategies.


Participants will be able to:

1.  Discuss at least two (2) common relational strategies in complex trauma that substitute for secure attachment strategies.

2. Employ at least two (2) ways to relate compassionately and collaboratively with clients to help them modify their relational approaches.


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 is now a part of the Editorial Board, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. 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 *CE credits also available for the home study version!

American Psychological Association (APA)   Eligible for 12 CE credits

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.


Social Workers: Eligible for 12 CE credits

Did you know that most Social Work Boards will accept APA CE credits?

Clinical social workers in all states except New York are eligible to receive American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education credits through Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. ​


Marriage and Family Therapists: Eligible for 12 CE credits

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in all states except Ohio and New York are eligible to receive American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education credits through Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. ​

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)    Eligible for 12 CE credits

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.  


National Board for Certified Counselors   Eligible for 12 CE credits

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.

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)   Pending 12 CEC credits

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC):  Pending 12 CE credits ​


Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT):   Pending 12 CE credits


CE credits


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

You will be emailed 5 business days after the live event with instructions on how you can access Envision's online learning platform called Thinkific. Sign in to Thinkific: Locate the email and click on your personal sign-in link to set your password. You cannot locate the email we sent? Login through the Thinkific platform directly by clicking on the link below: 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 (5) business days after each live session.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds on purchased tickets are available up until 15 days before the date of the first live presentation. 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. Please email if cancellation is required.

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

Email at least five (5) business days prior to the live workshop 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 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?

There is no known conflict of interest for this program. Envision has not received any financial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any financial support prior to or during this program. Envision will disclose any potential conflicts at the beginning of the workshop.

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