Wednesday, January 15, 2020 through Friday, January 17, 2020


Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library

4079 Albany Post Rd

Hyde Park, NY 12538





Certificate Program – Treating Complex PTSD (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional – Level II: Treating Complex Trauma)

This 3-day course meets and exceeds the educational requirements to become eligible for the Certified Advanced Trauma Professional offered through IATP. While the focus of the CCTP was to acquire the basic skills for treating posttraumatic stress in the 21st Century, the focus of this course is acquiring skills for effectively treating those challenging clients with complex posttraumatic stress, or C-PTSD. C-PTSD can present with a myriad of difficult symptoms including intense abreactions/flashbacks; severe “depression-like” shutdown and avoidance; dissociation; relational difficulties and challenges; chronic emotional and somatic dysregulation; chronic pain; and psychotic symptoms. This course provides comprehensive presentation of clinical skills for screening/assessing, stabilizing, skills-building, and treating complex posttraumatic stress in all its challenging presentations. Focusing upon working in a tri-phasic model, the participant will learn how to titrate treatment to minimize discomfort and crises while, at once, accelerating treatment gains in early, mid and latter stages of treatment. The course provides a balance of current evidence/science-based interventions and protocols paired with experiential practice wisdom from clinicians who have successfully worked with population for decades. Participants completing this course will discover a newfound sense of competency and excitement for working with these clients who, in the past, have baffled even seasoned clinicians.

Finally, this course meets the educational standards and requirements to allow the participant who successfully completes the training to apply for the Level II Certified Clinical Trauma Professional in Complex Trauma available through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. You do not need to be certified in Level 1 to take Level 2. 

Learning Objectives of this Presentation

  • Articulate the differences between simple and complex PTSD (C-PTSD) and identify the distinct challenges for diagnosis, treatment planning, stabilization and treatment of C-PTSD.
  • Understand the neurobiology of C-PTSD and how chronic exposure to threatening environments can produce the spectrum of symptoms of C-PTSD
  • Appreciate the role that attachment trauma and Aversive Childhood Experiences play in risk for and creation of C-PTSD; and how successfully addressing attachment issues can accelerate treatment for C-PTSD.
  • Articulate the causes and sequelae of attachment trauma and how these adaptations are easily misunderstood as personality disorders.
  • Articulate the importance of neuroplasticity/pruning and understanding neuronal sequencing in treating C-PTSD and all posttraumatic conditions.
  • Understand the important role that conditioned threat response and subsequent ANS dysregulation play in generating and sustaining the symptoms of all posttraumatic conditions including C-PTSD.
  • Expanded knowledge of the science and applicability of Porges’ Polyvagal Theory to treatment with C-PTSD; specifically, the importance of developing and utilizing healthy attachment relationships to augment treatment.
  • Articulate and explain how dissociation symptoms are adaptations to recurring trauma.
  • Identify evidence-based pharmacological interventions for stabilization and treatment for clients with C-PTSD.
  • Apply Herman’s Tri-Phasic Model to conceptualization, titration and delivery of treatment for C-PTSD.
  • Identify specific assessment and treatment tasks for each of the three phases of the Tri-Phasic Model.
  • Understand symptoms of C-PTSD as adaptations to ongoing developmental trauma that can include extreme symptoms including self-injury; suicide; dissociation; numbing; process and substance addiction; eating disordered behavior; chronic & intractable depression; hyper/hypo sexuality; and rage.
  • Articulate the role of crucial non-specific factors of positive expectancy and therapeutic relationship using Feedback Informed Therapy (FIT) as central focus of treatment with C-PTSD.
  • Learn and appreciate the pivotal role of psychoeducation in treating C-PTSD to help survivors to begin to honor their survival, ameliorate shame and move towards self-compassion.
  • Learn and implement the four “common factors/active ingredients” shared by all effective trauma therapies for clients with C-PTSD.
  • Appreciate the ubiquitous role of reciprocal inhibition embedded in all evidence-based trauma therapies
  • Incorporate Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy as a self-employed method to facilitate posttraumatic growth and resilience for clients into your clinical practice.
  • Develop CBT skills for helping trauma survivors to rapidly develop stability; self-efficacy, anxiety management and relational capacities.

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The manual, powerpoint and videos from this course will be available at following this course.

About the Speaker

Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC 

Dr. Eric Gentry is an internationally recognized leader and Board-Certified Expert in the study and treatment of traumatic stress. His PhD is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley, who is one of the pioneers in the field of traumatic stress. In 1997, Drs. Figley and Gentry began the first Traumatology Institute at Florida State University and trained there thousands of clinical professionals to better treat traumatic stress. In 2001, Dr. Gentry partnered with Dr. Michael Rank and they co-directed the International Traumatology Institute at the University of South Florida. In 2009, Drs. Gentry and Dubi began the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). He is currently the vice president of this training and certification organization. During his tenure at these three organizations, Dr. Gentry has trained over 400,000 health professionals to more effectively treat survivors of trauma. He is the author of the 2016 paradigm-changing Forward-Facing™ Trauma Therapy: Healing the Moral Wound. Dr. Gentry is a co-author of the critically-acclaimed Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery with Dr. Anna Baranowsky and published by Hogrefe and Huber. He is also the co-author of Transformative Care: A Trauma-Focused Approached to Caregiving. He has published many research articles, book chapters, and periodicals on the topics of clinical treatment of traumatic stress but also compassion fatigue treatment and resiliency. Dr. Gentry draws equally from his scientific study and from his rich history of 36 years as a professional therapist to provide this training. His commitment to his mission to serve caregivers helping them to become ever more effective with minimal symptoms is evident throughout this training. You will be challenged, inspired, and uplifted by Dr. Gentry and this unique training experience.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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