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SPC5620 Psychology Approaches to Trauma and PTSD A

Course Description

An overview of the history of the concept of trauma and trauma treatment and a basic understanding of the psychobiology and neurobiology of trauma and PTSD.  Conceptual distinctions will be made between developmental wounding, developmental trauma, and shock trauma.  Current diagnoses overtly linked to trauma (PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder, Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma Disorder) will be discussed.  The topics covered include phase-oriented treatment, dissociation models, countertransference, and building somatic and relational resources.  The discussion and training will include application of somatic trauma approaches to help stabilize situations involving personal trauma, disasters, and violence.