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Finding Healthy Attachment

Discover how attachment-based relationships provide a foundation for healing trauma

Christina Reese, PhD, LCPC

Christina Reese has dedicated her life’s work to helping those with trauma live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives. Learn how her newest book, Trauma and Attachment, can guide clients from a place of fear to healthy attachment.

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5 Resources for Virtual EMDR

Free Tools to Bring to Your Next Session

Megan Howard, LCSW, CSUD, EMDR CIT

Conduct successful EMDR trauma treatment sessions via telehealth without sacrificing effectiveness with these five free resources recommended by Megan Howard, LCSW, CSUD, EMDR CIT.

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Adapting EMDR to Telehealth

Guidance from an EMDR-certified expert

Megan Howard, LCSW, CSUD, EMDR CIT

EMDR is an essential tool in the treatment of trauma that can accelerate therapeutic outcomes, but skillful utilization of EMDR via telehealth is not without challenges. Learn the extra steps that must be taken prior to your first virtual EMDR session.

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Working with Suicide Loss Survivors

4 Strategies for Post-Traumatic Growth

Rita Schulte, LPC

Losing a loved one to suicide leaves survivors with overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame, as well as an intense struggle to make sense of what happened. Licensed counselor Rita Schulte provides strategies that can be used to foster post-traumatic growth when working with clients who have lost a loved one to suicide.

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Attending to Dissociative Symptoms with Parts Work Therapy: Looking at the Inner Child

Learn how parts work can be used in the treatment of complex PTSD

Arielle Schwartz, PhD

By helping clients develop an awareness of their inner child, we can work to integrate trauma-related emotions and memories from childhood that have been sent into “exile.”

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Learning to Transcend Trauma

Dr. Frank Anderson introduces his newest book

Frank G. Anderson, M.D.

Frank Anderson sits down to talk about the culmination of his career and how it manifested into his newest book, Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family Systems.

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How Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Promotes Post-Traumatic Growth

Discover how adding MDMA to your trauma treatment practice could improve and accelerate outcomes

Peter H. Addy, PhD, LPC, LMHC

Researchers are rediscovering the awesome power of psychedelic medicines for improving mental health. Peter H. Addy, PhD, LPC, LMHC, reveals how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy promotes post-traumatic growth in clients with treatment-resistant conditions.

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Somatic Psychology in the Treatment of Complex PTSD

Attending to Areas of Numbness or Disconnection

Arielle Schwartz, PhD

Through the process of dual awareness, you can help clients better connect to their body and connect areas of numbness, tension, or discomfort to their trauma history.

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Connection & Co-Regulation: Using Self-Awareness to Model Self-Regulation

Learn from a leading voice in the healing of PTSD & complex trauma

Arielle Schwartz, PhD

As a therapist, developing your own embodied awareness can help you better attune to clients’ somatic patterns of autonomic arousal and allow you to bring co-regulation into therapy.

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Waking Up The “Thinking Brain”

Expert Advice + Free CE

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

When exposed to a trigger, a trauma victim’s prefrontal cortex often “goes offline,” leaving an unchecked fear response free to take over. Learn from Dr. Janina Fisher how to help clients reactivate their prefrontal cortex and better work through their trauma.

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