Su Baker, MEd, Professional Training Program Chair
It has been about a year since our last update to members and it has been busy.
The teleseminar format for teaching in a “virtual classroom” continues to grow and is very successful. There are currently two courses on adult complex trauma and dissociative disorders available in the teleseminar format, with two parts to each course. Currently, there is at least one section of each of these four courses being taught and in some cases several sections are currently being taught. More will open early in 2019. The Master seminar continues in the DC area and hopefully will be available as teleseminars in the future. There is a steady stream of enquiries concerning these courses and we foresee that their popularity will continue to grow. This means that professionals from all over the world will have access to quality education in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Our instructors also hail from all over the planet and we are hoping to continue adding to our faculty.
We have also changed the names of our courses, to more accurately reflect both the curriculum and that they are at a graduate level of knowledge. The former “Intro” course will now be called: “The Complexities of Complex Trauma, Parts 1 and 2”. The “Standard” course will now be called: “From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders, Parts 1 and 2”.
In addition, courses requirements will ensure that students start with the first level course (Complexities of Complex Trauma, Part 1) and proceed through the courses, as each course builds on the previous. We have had many students request advanced standing, but we have set strict limits on this so that students have a solid base upon which to build. Of course, there may be some few exceptions, but, in general, we will apply this policy. Each course carries both continuing education credits i.e. for Psychology and Social Work in North America. (Students from other countries will need to check with their individual licensing board). They also count as credit hours toward the Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation from the ISSTD Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation.
In order to encourage students to follow the program of study and to give a discount on our courses, we will now be offering a “bundle package” for courses leading to the Certificate. The 4 adult courses (Complexities of Complex Trauma, Pt. 1 and 2 and From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders, Pt. 1 and 2), if purchased as a bundle, will give a 10% discount and will include 2 free webinars. Students who purchase this bundle will have 5 years to complete the classes, and they will have sufficient credits to apply for the Certificate from ISSTD. More information on the bundle and registration is now available on the ISSTD website!
We are hoping to have the Advanced Course complete, accredited and available as a teleseminar by the Spring of 2019. More information will be forthcoming.
The online child and adolescent courses will continue, as in the past. However, due to new continuing education credit restrictions, only APA credits will be available. (Again, students from outside North America will have to check with their individual licensing boards.) These restrictions do not apply to any teleseminar or in-person courses, just asynchronous online courses. Please see the web site or contact headquarters for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, Sandra Baita, along with Paula Monero, are offering the Spanish language version of the Child and Adolescent class for the first time this year. More information on Spanish courses are also on our website.
We continue to look for new instructors, especially those who would be interested in teaching in the teleseminar format. There is information online on the Professional Training Faculty Page. In addition, those who are accepted will be assigned mentors, take part in a 3 hour PTP faculty training webinar and are encouraged to “sit in” on a teleseminar being taught by current instructors. In other words, we want to assure you that should you become a PTP instructor, you will have the support you need. We are excited to welcome these new instructors for the PTP courses:
- Dawn Hinton
- Holly Maddy
- Willa Wertheimer
- Ed Groenendal
- Richard Cross
- Kirsten Stach
- Carol Heffer
- Kate McDowell
- Gail Straw
And we welcome back, Peter Maves, a former instructor who has returned to the fold.
We are very excited with the program and its growth. We hope that as word spreads, we will have many more teleseminars and new courses to add to our offerings.