Treating Complex Trauma

Two-Day, In-Person Training Workshop

April 27–28, 2023 | Grand Rapids, MI

Registration ends Sunday, April 2

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An Integrative Framework for Treating Adults with Histories of Complex Trauma & Dissociation

This intensive clinical workshop offers participants a comprehensive introduction to the CBP (Component-Based Psychotherapy) model. CBP was distilled from decades of treatment with adult survivors of chronic abuse, neglect and other forms of victimization and life adversity who exhibit complex symptom presentations including clinical dissociation, impairment in functioning and engagement in high-risk coping and survival behaviors. An integrative treatment framework, CBP draws upon feminist, relational, psychodynamic/psychoanalytic and trauma-focused approaches to intervention. CBP places heavy emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. Finally, CBP attends to the effects on human development of insidious and contextual forms of trauma including psychological maltreatment, attachment disruption, injustice and social oppression.

This workshop will begin by introducing participants to conceptual and diagnostic formulations of complex trauma. It will then highlight key neurobiological and developmental effects of complex trauma exposure and identify core domains of complex trauma impact. It will then delve into an exploration of the four primary components of CBP: building healthy relationships; working with dissociative parts of self; enhancing capacity for self-regulation; and trauma and life narrative work. Each component will extensively consider the practicing therapist’s own parallel process, and how this is facilitated in supervision via working through therapeutic enactments. This workshop will provide detailed examples, case illustrations, worksheets and experiential demonstration of specific strategies and techniques used to advance the principal clinical objectives of CBP.

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Recommended Reading

Grossman, F., Spinazzola, J., Zucker, M., & Hopper, E. (2017). Treating adult survivors of childhood emotional abuse and neglect: A new framework. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(1), 86-93.

Hopper, E., Grossman, F., Spinazzola, J., & Zucker, M. (2018). Treating adult survivors of childhood emotional abuse and neglect: Component-based psychotherapy. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify and describe core domains of impact of complex trauma.
  2. Participants will be able to identify and describe the primary symptoms of two emerging complex trauma-focused diagnoses: Complex-Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD).
  3. Participants will be able to name and describe the four primary components of CBP.
  4. Participants will be able to identify at least one clinical objective for each of the four components of CBP, and to describe how to implement at least one therapeutic activity or technique to further this objective.
  5. Participants will be able to demonstrate greater self-awareness of therapist engagement in dissociative enactments, and prepare to utilize these proactively and reflectively to advance complex trauma intervention.
  6. Participants will be able to demonstrate a greater awareness of their implicit uses of self in the context of trauma-focused therapy, and the relative strengths and vulnerabilities associated with their personal style and natural tendencies in this work.


Jana Pressley, Psy.D.

Jana Pressley, Psy.D.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Jana Pressley is Director of Clinical Services at the Complex Trauma Treatment Center Boston, Co-Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Affiliates, and Senior Training Associate of the Foundation Trust. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Richmont Graduate University.

Dr. Pressley specializes in the treatment of youth, adults, and couples/families impacted by developmental trauma, as well as providing consultation supporting systems-level implementation of trauma-informed care in organizations. She teaches trauma-related courses at the graduate level, and has designed and implemented trauma treatment specialization courses and qualitative trauma-focused research labs for graduate programs.

Dr. Pressley’s research focuses on the experience of court-involved young adults who have suffered relational trauma in the midst of chronic poverty and community violence, as well as the impact of complex trauma history on adult spirituality and meaning-making.

Dr. Pressley is also a national trainer and consultant in the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) and Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP) complex trauma intervention models.

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Continuing Education Credit

The program is co-sponsored by the Michigan Psychological Association and Grand Rapids Therapy Group

The Michigan Psychological Association is approved to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Michigan Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is offered for 8 hours of MPA continuing education credit.

This course is approved by the NASW-Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative

This program is approved for 14 hours of NASW continuing education credit.

Component-Based Psychotherapy: An Integrative Framework for Treating Adults with Histories of Complex Trauma & Dissociation has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Grand Rapids Therapy Group is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3781.

NBCC hours: 12.5

Treating Complex Trauma Workshop

Two-Day, In-Person Training Workshop

Registration ends Sunday, April 2

Dates: April 27–28, 2023

8:00–5:00 Thursday, April 27
8:00–4:00 Friday, April 28

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Foundation Room
1000 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Cost: $495.00.

Continuing Education Credit:

  • Michigan Psychological Association: 8 hours
  • NASW-Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative: 14 hours
  • NBCC hours: 12.5

Refund Policy: Refund requests must be sent to prior to Sunday, January 15.

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