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Into The Depths: Integrative Approaches To Helping People With Complex Trauma Histories

Into The Depths: Integrative Approaches To Helping People With Complex Trauma Histories


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

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From: November 20, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Jack Ringel, LICSW


Many people who seek out psychotherapy and other forms of mental health care have a complex history of trauma experience. One example (of many) of this complexity is a veteran who experienced childhood abuse as well as trauma in her adult life, such as harrowing combat experiences. Often times, trauma experiences can become compounding, and finding healing can be a circuitous and uncertain path that requires patience, compassion, and flexibility on behalf of providers. This training will explore ways to effectively work with such patients/clients. Special attention will be paid to the therapeutic relationship, including how to work more effectively with powerful transference and counter-transference phenomena.

The first half of the day will mostly be spent covering some of the major theories of trauma recovery, which will be used to help orient us to the material. The second half of the day will mostly be focused on practice. Clinical vignettes, case conceptualizations, and other interactive strategies will be used throughout the day to help engage your minds and hearts in the topic at hand.

This training is intended for those that provide direct services to clients/patients (such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, MDs, case managers, ARNPs, peer counselors, etc.), but may also be useful for other interested parties who provide services to people with complex histories of trauma.


  1. To better understand how trauma across the lifespan can contribute to someone’s current experience
  2. To better understand clinical approaches to working with clients/patients with histories of complex trauma
  3. To better understand how childhood experience may influence a person’s present experience and course of treatment
  4. To be better understand how to work effectively with the therapeutic relationship to enhance and evoke positive change

Cost: Free!

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 CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.