Complex PTSD. Managing the patient in psychotherapy sessions

Crises frequently occur in the lives of people who have experienced complex trauma. When a crisis happens in a therapy session, the therapist faces both a challenge and an opportunity that can alter the course of the therapy and the client’s life.

In this class, filmed examples of in-session crises will be viewed in order to illustrate key principles and tactics for preserving safety and restoring co-regulation and client self-regulation. Therapist countertransference, vicarious trauma, and self-regulation also will be considered as a key focus. A trans-theoretical approach integrating crisis management, therapeutic alliance building and trauma memory processing will be presented. The crises and therapist responses will include:

• Dissociation by a mother, son and daughter

• Dissociative identity disorder by a young man

• Dissociative self-harm by a young woman

• Rage directed by a father toward his son

• A young mother overwhelmed by hopelessness

Attendee cases also will be discussed to demonstrate the application of a complex trauma framework through crisis resolution principles and tactics in the session.



  • 8 training hours
  • Video lessons in original language
  • Slides
Complex PTSD. Managing the patient in psychotherapy sessions
Lecture One
Julian Ford
Durata Modulo
8h 00m
Complex PTSD. Managing the patient in psychotherapy sessions
Lecture Two
Julian Ford
Julian Ford
ulian D. Ford, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. is a board certified clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Law at the University of Connecticut where he directs two Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network: the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile… continua
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