Complex Trauma and Dissociation: A Relational, Neurobiological and Body-centered Approach

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Facilitator: Amy Zajakowski Uhll, LCPC

March 8, 2024, 9:00am-4:30pm

The Hive Dance Studio, 4706 N Ravenswood Ave Chicago, IL 60640

$195

CCIH strives to make training accessible for as many participants as possible. For this workshop, we are offering a lowered fee of $150 for students or other participants in need of a reduced fee. Contact Victoria at officemanager@theccih.com to request. 

6 CEUs  are offered for LCPCs, LCSWs, LMFTs, and Clinical Psychologists.

Whether they specialize in it or not, all therapists will encounter complex trauma in their practice.

According to the CDC 1 in 7 children in the United States suffered abuse or neglect in the past year, most often at the hands of those who are supposed to love and care for them.

Though we have no official DSM diagnosis for the consequences of early harm, its prevalence means that it is essential that therapists be able to competently assess for and treat complex trauma. 

Complex trauma may show up in our offices in the form of clients who are experiencing relationship difficulties, feeling a lack of interest in the world, struggling to keep a job, or feeling like life isn’t worth living. Its treatment requires that therapists address not only the wound that was suffered, but also the strategies that folks have developed in order to survive.

Complex trauma also touches our own experience, history, and feelings about suffering in the world, which can be overwhelming. This means that it is essential that mental health practitioners have adequate support and resources in their work.

In this workshop, we will explore all of this complexity together, from both from a theoretical perspective and a sense of what it is like to be on the journey with someone for whom trauma has shaped their experience of the world.

In this workshop we will:

  •  Define Complex Trauma and how it shows up in clinical practice
  • Understand Dissociation, it’s definitions and how it is a creative adaptation to traumatic wounding
  • Identify the clinical skills and personal resources needed to treat complex trauma and dissociation
  • Discuss working with attachment wounding and how it shows up in the therapeutic relationship
  • Learn present centered approaches to working with parts of experience
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Amy Zajakowski Uhll

Amy is the founder and director of the Chicago Center for Integration and Healing.  For more than 30 years, Amy has been committed to exploring the harm caused by traumatic experiences. She helps individuals discover their own unique journey toward healing and supports other therapists in their work with trauma.

More about Amy Zajakowski Uhll here

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Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute or request a refund. All refund requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the event and are subject to an administrative charge of $30. Alternatively, you may transfer your full registration fee to a future workshop. Cancellations and transfer requests made less than one week prior to event will not be honored and registration fee will be forfeited. Requests must be emailed to officemanager@theccih.com and will not be accepted by phone. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop, in which case participants will receive a full refund.

Accessibility: If you have any questions or requests regarding accessibility for this event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Victoria at officemanager@theccih.com. 

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