Working with Trauma: When the Body has no Words

August 28, 2017 Monday from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)
Lafayette Library – Arts and Science Room 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. CA

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About Working with Trauma: When the Body has no Words

Working with Trauma: When the Body has no Words
Trauma often is a formidable roadblock in the care and treatment of our clients. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms are automatic, compulsive and unresponsive to cognitive or verbal interventions. This means that many popular modalities such as CBT, Solution Focused or Narrative therapies either do not work or have limited
effectiveness. Without addressing trauma, the therapy often only goes so far and then seems to stall out. Trauma informed care is not a modality per se; it is an effective framework to understand how to assess and treat trauma and PTSD. With an understanding of trauma informed care, you will be able to build rapport, prioritize presenting problems, and learn to minimize the danger of triggering or re-traumatizing the client. Once client trauma is properly addressed, then the clinician will find that CBT or other verbal modalities will suddenly be re-energized.

3 CE credits will be provided to participants.

Training will include:
  • Similarities between PTSD symptoms and some other diagnoses, such as depression
  • The difference between insight oriented work, relational work, and trauma-informed care

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain fluency in assessing for trauma. This includes being able to prioritize treatment goals when trauma is present, and being able to explain why trauma interferes with many modalities
  • Participants will be able to describe a simple protocol for containing trauma in session and for dealing with heightened affect. Participants will be able to explain which modalities are effective for trauma and why
  • Participants will be able to describe the powerful Counter-Transference that trauma work can produce and how to manage it
Space is limited, advance registration is required. Have questions? Please contact BAPTI Program Director, Nes Pinar, at (925) 405-6040 or send an email to Refunds for cancellation with 72-hour notice.

MFTs, LCSWs, Psychologists $75
$10 discount for BAPTI clinicians & EBCAMFT members!
All Interns $35

Early Bird Discount: Register by August 14th for $5 off!

All proceeds from this event will benefit Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute (BAPTI) Intern program. To make referrals or to learn more about us, please visit

Trainer Bio: David Leong is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Oakland, CA. He works with clients suffering from a wide range of trauma and neglect, often manifesting with severe PTSD symptoms and deep attachment issues. While David is an EMDR trained therapist, he incorporates other modalities (such as hypnotherapy, somatic, or psychodynamic psychotherapy) to tailor treatment to the client's needs. David is Adjunct Faculty at Sofia University where he teaches courses including: Diagnosis, Assessment and Testing; Psychopharmacology; Addiction; Human Development and Evidence Based Practicum. David has written about treating trauma in The Therapist magazine and on the topic of grief for Viewpoint. He gives workshops on a variety of topics including trauma treatment and trauma informed care. David is Chair of CAMFT’s purview committee and is a member of the Curriculum Committee for The Psychotherapy Institute. David also supervises for Crisis Support Services.
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Lafayette Library – Arts and Science Room

Lafayette Library – Arts and Science Room 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafeyette CA USA 94549

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Bay Area Psychotherapy Training Institute

We at are a non-profit, public benefit corporation founded over 20 years ago to provide high quality therapy services to clients in local communities including Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Canyon, Concord and Walnut Creek.  BAPTI offers internships to qualified applicants who possess a master's degree or doctorate in Counseling Psychology or other appropriate major from an accredited university program.  BAPTI utilizes a private practice model that provides training and support for interns and guides them in developing, marketing and managing their own practices. BAPTI also offers a school-based program that supports interns in creating new alliances with schools and other agencies for specialized experiences. ​ We also support a group of independent licensed practice clinicians who realize the importance of establishing a professional community whose purpose is to support one another through continuing education, formal and informal consultations, and the sharing of our experiences in a variety of settings. We hold firmly that the private practice of therapy should not be an isolating experience and that clinical work is enhanced by frequent peer interactions.

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