Upcoming events

    • Saturday, November 20, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Working with Trauma & Emotional Dysregulation

    Sponsored by ISTDP of the Washington School of Psychiatry

    CE: 6.5 credit hours

    The Program

    Are you feeling frustrated and ineffective with your most challenging clients?

    Are you interested in promoting deep & lasting change with those who have a history of trauma and severe deficits in emotional coping?

    This webinar will focus on those who carry diagnoses such as chronic PTSD, severe personality disorder and severe/persistent mental illness. Participants will learn distinct skills to be able to intercede from the initial session to help create the safety and alliance necessary for patients to begin to risk connection. Participants will learn specific skills to restructure less mature defenses, regulate anxiety, increase emotional tolerance, improve reality testing, and develop a better capacity for self-observation.

    The majority of teaching will be done using actual patient video demonstrations with ongoing narration from the presenter, microanalysis/discussion and question/answer periods to enhance practical skill building. While this type of work is difficult, with the right understanding and clinical toolkit, it can be extremely rewarding. These clients often have a long history of inpatient and outpatient treatment failures; typically, they have been misunderstood, underserved, marginalized, blamed and abandoned. This webinar will focus on how to alleviate such suffering.


    At the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

    1. Based on the different anxiety channels, list three indicators that anxiety is too high when working with patients with a trauma history.

    2. Identify three methods for regulating anxiety when it is too high.

    3. Identify when defenses reflect repression or splitting/projection.

    4. Describe three modified or graded techniques for restructuring defenses in those with a history of trauma

    5. Determine that a trauma patient has increased his/her anxiety tolerance and emotional capacity.

    6. Name three methods to increase patient motivation and avoid misalliance with patients with trauma

    About the Presenter Steven S. Shapiro, Ph.D.

    Steve Shapiro, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who maintains a full-time private practice in suburban Philadelphia and has over twenty-five years of clinical and teaching experience.  He has been practicing various forms of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT), since the mid-1990’s. These approaches include Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP). He is a Senior Faculty and founding member of the AEDP Institute in New York City. 

    Dr. Shapiro conducts lectures, workshops and ongoing training internationally.  His teaching is often commended for translating complex clinical theory into clear, precise, and practical techniques which are easily understandable and readily applied immediately in clinical settings by therapists of all orientations. Descriptions of his training groups typically include words like: precision, systematic, safety, rewarding, fun, practical and deliberate.

    For 16 years, Dr. Shapiro was the Director of Psychology and Education at Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES), an emergency psychiatric hospital, where he worked with a range of severe disorders and those committed involuntarily to treatment. This intensive experience has helped inform his approach to transforming resistance with challenging patients who have a history of trauma, a high degree of resistance, or excessive anxiety and dysregulation.


    Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

    The Washington School of Psychiatry is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units.

    The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

    The Washington School of Psychiatry is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The School designates the program for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)â„¢. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.

    The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States.

    The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved to operate by the Higher Education Licensure Commission of the District of Columbia.

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