Online - Assessment & Treatment of Traumatized Children - Online

Jan 11, 2014 08:00am -
Jun 17, 2014 05:00pm

Event Description

Do you encounter cases in which no matter what strategy you employ, the traumatized child still isn't getting better?

If so, then this comprehensive ONLINE course, Assessment and Treatment of Traumatized Children and Adolescents with Dissociative Symptoms and Disorders is a must for you in the convenience of your home!

Join our team of internationally known experts who have specialized in trauma and dissociation for several decades and learn about how to treat those “resistant cases!”

Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D., Frances S. Waters, DCSW, Sandra Baita, & Renee Potgieter Marks, Ph.D. will provide a comprehensive course from assessment to integration with children of all ages who have all degrees of dissociation and all levels of co-morbidity.

General Description: This program is designed for clinicians in both private and public sectors. This course begins with an introduction to theories of dissociation, and looks at trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents from a historical perspective. The course then covers methods of assessment, assessment tools, and differential diagnosis across the spectrum of dissociative pathology. The psychotherapy section presents a model that integrates child developmental theory, attachment theory and family systems theory with an understanding of how trauma affects the developing brain. The therapy enriches purely cognitive behavioral perspectives with an emphasis on processing emotions related to traumatic events through creative expression and sensitivity to attachment dilemmas in traumatized children. The course addresses techniques for looking at difficult symptoms such as self-injury, trance states, rage reactions and sexual acting out. The course ends with a review of techniques for intervening within the systems that affect the child and adolescent such as family dynamics, social services, schools, and the legal arena. The effect of this work on the therapist through counter-transference will be discussed. 

Overall Course Objectives:
At the end of this experience, participants will be able to

  • diagnose dissociative symptoms and disorders in traumatized children and adolescents
  • discuss how to intervene with the traumatized child with dissociative symptoms to promote healthy development
  • identify skills needed to conduct individual psychotherapy to treat complex trauma in children and adolescents, to work with their caregivers, and to interface with other pertinent professionals in the child's life. 

Here is what others have said about this training:

"I just want to say thank you. My adopted daughter's therapist took your course, and she has improved in so many ways. So glad you are doing this!"    Parent

"This course has forever changed my life and the way I see the world of Dissociative Disorders! It has been a very enriching experience and the format of reading materials woven into discussion groups with peers and experienced clinicians was very helpful and interesting as part of the learning process! I would love to take another course that is focused on adult Dissociative Disorders. Thank you so much!" Student
“I personally think it was a very complete and very well taught class… I look forward to more classes.”  William Gallucci

“I thoroughly enjoyed the class and keep learning from the readings while continuing my studies… I greatly look forward to the next child course.”  Françoise Pierredon

Course Schedule:

Session 1 Readings: Jan. 11- Jan. 19- History, Theory, Neurobiology - Joy

Session 1 Discussion: Jan. 20- Jan. 29


Session 2 Readings: Jan. 30- Feb 4-Assessment & Differential Diagnosis - Fran

Session 2 Discussion: Feb. 5- Feb. 14


Session 3 Readings: Feb 15- Feb. 20-Understanding Family Dynamics - Sandra

Session 3 Discussion: Feb. 21- March 1


Session 4 Readings: March 2- March 8-Stabilization-Part 1- Renee

Session 4 Discussion: March 9- March 18


Session 5 Readings: March 19- March 24-Stablization Part 2 - Fran                       

Session 5 Discussion: March 25- April 3


Session 6 Readings: April 4- April 9 Working with Systems - Joy
Spring Break: April 10- April 20
Session 6 Discussion: April 21- April 30- 

Session 7 Readings: May 1- May 6=Trauma Processing-Part 1 - Sandra

Session 7 Discussion: May 6-May 15th

Session 8 Reading: May 16- May 20 Trauma Processing Part 2 - Renee
Session 8 Discussion: May 21- May 30

Session 9 Reading: May 31- June 5 Integration & Post Integration - Joy & Renee
Session 9 Discussion: June 6- June 15

June 15-17 Goodbyes - All Faculty

How to start the registration process:

1. Write Mirel Goldstein, M.S., M.A., LPC, to be sure that there is room in the class currently forming. Please do not use voicemail, Mirel does not have an ISSTD telephone line, and much prefers email. If you have a special circumstance, first write her about it, and then make additional arrangements with her if necessary.

2. You may send along, at that time, electronic versions of your CV and your current license to practice your profession in your jurisdiction. If you cannot scan your license to email it, then fax it to 703-610-0234. If you are a student, then you are required to have a letter from your department chairperson stating that you have their permission to participate in this additional academic activity.

3. We invite participation by licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors) who are personally treating a child or adolescent with Complex PTSD, a significant trauma history, or dissociative symptoms; master or doctoral students in area of psychology, social work, or counseling; educators in human services. We do accept educators and other professionals in related field with permission by Fran Waters, Faculty Director.

Earn 24.5 CEUs!
Continuing Education Information

If you are interested in earning continuing education credits for attending this ISST-D online course, please read the following instructions: is a mental health continuing education website that offers over 976 courses in a broad range of topics and categories.  In partnership with ISST-D, offers distant learning continuing education credits for ISST-D online courses.

Upon completion of the ISST-D online course, participants will be provided with a unique weblink to  Participants will be asked to create an account prior to taking the exam.

Clicking “Take Exam” will bring the participant to a pay screen where you will have the option to purchase the course individually at a discounted ISST-D rate ($35), or to purchase a credit package.  Credit packages are a group of credits at a discounted price that can be used at your discretion. offers credit packages of 10, 20, 30 & 40 credits.  More information about package pricing can be found at

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be able to print your certificate of completion.  Exam histories and CE certificates will always be saved in your account in case you need to reprint or make changes.

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Continuing Education Sponsor

CE Learning Systems, LLC

NBCC - CE Learning Systems, LLC is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider # 5951) and a cosponsor of this event/program. CE Learning Systems, LLC may award NBCC-approved clock hours for events or programs that meet NBCC requirements. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the content of this event.

ASWB – ISST-D's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, is approved by the Association of State Social Work Board's ACE program (ASWB Provider # 1020) to provide continuing education courses. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NAADAC – ISST-D's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, is approved by the National Association of Addiction and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC Provider # 410) to provide continuing education courses. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Event Type:Child Training
Category:ISSTD Professional Training
Early registration ends on Nov 23, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Nov 24, 2013 and ends on Jan 31, 2014.
Late registration starts on Feb 01, 2014.



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