Certification on Complex Dissociation CPT-III

Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach Seminar.

You know how deeply trauma impacts your client’s mind, body, and emotions — and how difficult healing can be.  

Some therapists did not know that sometimes this difficulty can be dissociative symptoms.

Clients who are constantly (and unpredictably) triggered by their traumatic experiences… Controlled by emotions like shame, anxiety, anger, depression, and fear… 

World-renowned expert and author, Dr. Kathy Steele, co-author with Onno Van der Hart of The haunted self: Structural dissociation and the treatment of chronic traumatization proven approach to complex dissociation treatment, which is based on 40+ years of research and clinical practice, addresses the holistic impact of trauma to aid in effectively healing profound dissociation and attachment wounds so clients can break free from the past, feel safe and calm, and thrive in life.

Treating Complex Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorders manifest in distinctive dissociative symptoms and include a division or compartmentalization of sense of self and identity. These complex disorders are considered to be extreme reactions to developmental trauma and require a specific treatment approach. 

Because there are so many phenomena that are now considered dissociative, this training will explore the several definitions of dissociation, as they have different implications than trauma treatment and assessment.

Treat Dissociation Disorders is a sub-specialization of Trauma Treatment

and here’s your opportunity to join this elite group of clinicians as a Certified Complex Dissociation Treatment Professional Level III (CPT-III).

If you’re ready to become a true expert in DISSOCIATION treatment and master evidence-based treatments to help heal dissociation and help clients take back their lives, enroll today.

BONUS! This online training includes all prerequisites to meet CPT-III certification standards fully. When you complete this course, you’ll be immediately eligible to become a Certified Complex Dissociation Professional (CPT-III)…

Allowing you to stand out from the crowd and let clients and colleagues know you’ve invested the time and effort needed to provide treatment at the highest level, AND your initial 2-year certification is FREE (a $249.99 value)!

Trauma Related-Dissociation Certification Training Level 1 & 2 Seminar with Kathy Steele

A Personal Invitation from Kathy Steele

Step into the life awaiting you as a Certified Complex Dissociation Professional

Just three easy steps to become a Certified Complex Dissociation Professional CPT-III

Step 1: Take this online course with eight modules.

Step 2: Complete the continuing education quiz and instantly print your certificate of completion.

Step 3: Submit your certificate of completion and professional license* to IPT 

That’s it! No hidden fees. No catch. Just certification made EASY.

*Professional standards apply. Learn more at www.iptrauma.org/cpt3

Benefits of Certification

Clinical expertise: Show clients and colleagues your practice is based on specialization in dissociation treatment.

Client trust: Certification shows your clients you care about providing the best care possible. It reveals your professional ability to take on challenging clients and succeed!

Documentation of knowledge: Certification is both a professional and personal accomplishment. It’s an unbiased barometer of your training and dedication to your practice.

Professional recognition: Set yourself apart from the thousands of clinicians with just trauma training without dissociation specialization.
Increase your opportunities for career advancement and client referrals.

Trauma Related-Dissociation Certification Training Level 1 & 2 Seminar with Kathy Steele

What you will learn in this Certification

These two Level Training will provide specific and practical skills to create safety, reduce and resolve symptoms, and stabilize patients with trauma-related dissociation and complex trauma disorders.

We will first examine how to understand and plan complex treatments in sequenced, rational, and tailored ways that support increasing integration.

Treatment organization and planning are based on a thorough assessment of what the patient needs from therapy, their resources, and what prognostic factors are present.

We will look at treatment planning for patients with an excellent prognosis, a moderate prognosis, and a limited or guarded prognosis. Factors that support a good prognosis will be described in depth.

Next, we will focus on specific and practical skills to deal with dissociation by improving functioning in daily life and cultivating the patient’s ability to tolerate and work with their own inner experience.

Specific skills include reflective functions; techniques to improve daily life functioning; overcoming the phobia of inner experience; self and relational regulation; capacity to have positive effects; management of dissociation and triggers; containment of traumatic memory and distressed dissociative parts; grounding; and mindfulness.

The therapist will address trauma-related phobias, and their treatment will be described as a central part of treatment. We will focus on initial and sequenced approaches to working with dissociative features in an integrative and systemic way.

We will also discuss attachment and dependency issues in early therapy. We will emphasize the practice of skills in small groups or dyads, and participants are encouraged to be prepared to role-play a patient.


  1. Describe the reasons why dissociation develops and why it does not resolve on its own.
  2. Define the four ways dissociation is described, along with treatment differences.
  3. List motivational systems and describe how they serve as a foundation for dissociative parts.
  4. Give at least three clinical implications of the Polyvagal Theory in the treatment of dissociative disorders.
  5. Describe what maintains difficulties in realizing.

Module 2: ASSESSING DISSOCIATION ( available now)

  1. Identify symptom clusters common in complex dissociative disorders.
  2. Describe Schneiderian symptoms of psychosis common in clients with complex dissociative disorders.
  3. Name the characteristics of dissociative voices that distinguish them from psychotic voices.
  4. Distinguish ego states, borderline modes, and dissociative parts in clinical practice.
  5. Differentiate dissociative amnesia from other forms of not remembering.

Module  3: Stabilization ( available now)

  1. Describe the three phases of treatment of complex dissociative disorders and their respective goals.
  2. List the principles of treatment for complex dissociative disorders.
  3. Employ a sequenced approach to working with dissociative clients that fosters integration over time.
  4. Employ a collaborative relational approach that activates curiosity and exploration, and minimizes activation of attachment, and give rationale as to why this approach is important for clients with complex developmental trauma.

Module 4 :  WORKING WITH DISSOCIATIVE PARTS (available in July 30th)

This module provides in-depth skills to work with dissociation with systemic approaches that support the
individual as a whole person. How to work with difficult dissociative parts, such as those involving anger
or extreme dependency will be emphasized, with ample time to practice interventions and approaches.


One of the most challenging issues in working with dissociative patients is dealing with attachment phobia and attachment loss. On this day we will explore relational models that are most effective for this group of patients. Participants will learn how to contain and work with dependency and with avoidance of dependency in ways that support the adult patient’s sense of competence and growth. 

Module 2: WORKING WITH CHRONIC SHAME AND RESISTANCE (Available in September 2022)

This day will focus on the central issue of chronic shame, exploring the functions of shame, the antidotes to shame, and learning top-down and bot-tom-up approaches to resolving shame. We will also discuss how to help pa-tients learn to be resilient in the face of inevitable shame. We will also explore several ways to identify and work with resistance, which should be seen as a protection of the patient rather than as an obstacle to treatment.

 Module 3: TREATING TRAUMATIC MEMORY. (Available in October 2022)

Treatment of traumatic memory often requires special approaches for patients with dissociative disorders, as they can be easily overwhelmed by standard exposure and EMDR protocols unless there is adequate preparation. We will explore several methods which emphasize the need to include dissociative parts, maintain relationships and connections to the present, titrate memory into smaller components, and focus on the process instead of content. Specific preparations for memory work will be described. Participants will learn how to avoid suggestive techniques. 

Module 4: INTEGRATION IN PHASE 3 AND SELECTED SPECIAL ISSUES. (Available on November 2022)

We will explore issues in the integration of parts, including integrative approaches such as blending and efforts to eliminate the need for dissociation. In addition, participants will select several special issues, such as working with self-harm and suicidality, working with angry/hostile parts, etc., and we will discuss relevant treatment.

When you register today, you’ll receive 2 FREE bonuses (a $349 USD value!)

Bonus 1

FREE Complimentary 2 hour Class on How to handle Elderly Clients with Trauma and Dissociation by Kathy Steele


Bonus 2

Two year certification issue from IPT as Certified Complex Dissociation Professional CPT-III.

Request after completion of the training and quiz—full details on how to redeem this inside of the coursework.

Trauma Related-Dissociation Certification Training Level 1 & 2 Seminar with Kathy Steele​

Meet your Expert on Dissociation

Kathy Steele

Kathy Steele has co-authored three books as part of the acclaimed Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology: The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation of the personality and chronic traumatization (2006, Van der Hart, Nijenhuis, & Steele – W. W. Norton); Coping with trauma-related dissociation: Skills training for patients and therapists (2011, Boon, Steele, & Van der Hart – W. W. Norton); and most recently, Treating trauma-related dissociation: A practical, integrative approach (2017, Steele, Boon, & Van der Hart – W. W. Norton).
She has also (co)authored numerous book chapters and journal articles.
Has been treating complex trauma, dissociation, and attachment issues since 1985.
She is in private practice with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Services and is Adjunct Faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Kathy is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and has also previously served on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).
She has been involved in developing treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders and Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Kathy has received several awards for her work, including the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD, an Emory University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006, and the 2011 Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions. She is known for her humor, compassion, respect, and depth of knowledge as a clinician and a teacher and for her capacity to present complex issues in easily understood and clear ways using an integrative psychotherapy model that draws from traditional and somatic approaches. She is sought as a consultant and supervisor and as an international lecturer.
She is the leading expert to go for a specialization in Dissociative Disorders.

The Next Steps in Advancing Your Practice

1. Watch your email for your order confirmation and get instant access to all course materials, including the bonus materials.

2. Review the course materials at your own pace and at your convenience! You’ll have unlimited access to all course videos and materials online forever. Plus, use the PESI Mobile app to access the course content on-the-go, wherever and whenever you want on your mobile devices.

3. Complete the certification application — at no additional cost — to become a Certified Complex Dissociation Professional  CPT-III  through IPT Certifications.

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