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Beyond the Basics of PTSD Treatment: Methods for Processing Traumatic Memories

Beyond the Basics of PTSD Treatment: Methods for Processing Traumatic Memories


Location: The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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From: June 16, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Lori Daniels, Ph.D., LCSW

Details: This presentation focuses primarily on specific interventions and emotional stuck points that can occur when addressing traumatic memories and nightmares from a survivor’s past. Although cognitive interventions have gained more attention as gold-standards for working among clients diagnosed with PTSD, these interventions fall-short of fully processing the stuck emotions of grief and guilt often embedded within a survivor’s trauma—leaving survivors to still struggle with many of these feelings even after they’ve gained skills from evidence-based PTSD therapies. Accomplishing a shift of cognitions can be more effective by using a client’s emotional stuck points to process through problematic thoughts which maintain re-experiencing symptoms of PTSD. By utilizing the interventions described in this workshop, the mental health counselor may be able to intercede against negative thoughts by accessing underlying emotions of which the client may be struggling; and eventually using the process to suggest more functional behavioral actions as a follow-up. In addition, the clinician’s own feelings and thoughts will be discussed as either contributors to, or barriers against, the therapy process in the form of countertransference reactions.

Training for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals: This workshop is open to professionals with mental and behavioral health-related graduate degrees (e.g., MSW, MA, MS, MSN), physicians, dentists, and psychologists (e.g., AMA, ADA, APA), and those professionals who are qualified for membership in, or are members of their respective professional organizations. Graduate students in an accredited mental or behavioral health program may also participate in this training.


  1. State at least one intervention which can be used to discuss underlying excessive guilt experienced by a trauma survivor client
  2. Identify at least two methods for addressing unresolved grief that is attached to traumatic experiences by your clients
  3. Identify your own countertransference responses when hearing about traumatic events in your clients’ lives

Cost: $20.00

Parking: Ample on-street parking is available at or near the 2100 Building

Lunch Options:

  • Fare Start @ 2100 Café – near the entrance to the 2100 Building
  • Borracchini’s Bakery – 2307 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Burger King – 2021 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • McDonald’s – 2336 25th Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Wendy’s – 2543 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • QFC – 2711 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Toshio’s Teriyaki – 1706 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98144

Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.