Complex PTSD: Unraveling the Layers of Trauma

Complex PTSD is recognized as a distinct and prevalent mental health condition compared to PTSD. Therefore you need tools and skills to understand this diagnosis and effectively treat it in counseling. If you’re in search of knowledge, skills, and cultural competency to improve your ability to work with and treat C-PTSD, this course is for you.

This non-EMDR workshop delves into the intricate realm of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), offering mental health professionals an in-depth exploration of its nuanced manifestations, along with treatment approaches and considerations. Recognizing the unique challenges presented by complex trauma, this course aims to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of the underlying dynamics, assessment tools, and therapeutic interventions necessary for effective client care.

This course is for any mental health professional working with C-PTSD. This is not an EMDR specific course.

Join Kase & CO trainer and consultant Dr. Crystal Wildes, PsyD, LP, for this advanced course on Complex PTSD.

Live: Apr 18 & 19th, 2024 from 9am – 2:30pm MTN

This course will be recorded on Apr 18-19th, 2024

Available for synchronous-online or asynchronous-on demand learning.


Early bird rate expires: February 19, 2024

Course Details

Participants will engage in a multifaceted curriculum that combines theoretical frameworks with practical case studies, fostering a deeper appreciation for the complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors in C-PTSD. Participants will be guided through the latest research on trauma neurobiology, attachment theory, and the impact of chronic interpersonal trauma. Moreover, emphasis will be placed on cultivating trauma-informed therapeutic skills and interventions, empowering participants to take culturally attuned approaches that address the diverse needs of individuals with C-PTSD. This course offers a vital opportunity for mental health professionals to expand their knowledge base, enhance clinical competencies, and ultimately contribute to more effective, compassionate, and inclusive care for clients navigating the challenges of Complex PTSD.


This course is available for viewing through the Kase & CO learning platform.

If you register before the live recording date, you may attend the live, interactive webinar. Instructions for attending the live, interactive webinar are found in your learner account. You will have access to the on-demand, asynchronous course for 1 year from the live date.

Registrations after the live date, may view this course on-demand, asynchronously for 1 year from your registration date.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish and differentiate between PTSD and Complex PTSD, including the specific criteria and symptoms associated with Complex PTSD.
  • Analyze the challenges and nuances involved in diagnosing Complex PTSD, including comorbidity with other mental health diagnoses.
  • Integrate knowledge of the neurobiological underpinnings of complex trauma in clinical practice, fostering an understanding of how trauma impacts the nervous system.
  • Demonstrate cultural humility by understanding how cultural factors influence the experience and expression of trauma and apply this knowledge to the assessment and treatment of individuals with Complex PTSD.
  • Evaluate the adaptive nature of the spectrum of dissociation as it relates to Complex PTSD. 
  • Apply insights into trauma-informed care and its application in working with clients experiencing Complex PTSD. 
  • Integrate therapeutic approaches and considerations for working with individuals with Complex PTSD. 
  • Plan self-care strategies upon appraisal of compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma and burnout.


Fee: $280

Payment is accepted via credit or debit card.

Course schedule


  • 9-9:15a – Welcome, Introductions and Course Orientation
    • Expanding the Definition of Trauma
    • Distinguishing CPTSD from PTSD
    • Core Features & Symptoms
    • Assessment & Diagnosis
  • 10:15-10:30a – Break
  • 10:30-11:30a – NEUROBIOLOGY OF TRAUMA
    • Brain Development
    • Autonomic Nervous System
    • Impact on Cognition, Emotion, & Memory
    • Neuroplasticity & Posttraumatic Growth
  • 11:30-12:30a – Lunch Break
  • 12:30-1:20p – ETIOLOGY & RISK FACTORS
    • Childhood Trauma- Role of Attachment
    • Developmental Impact
    • Understanding Cultural Influences
  • 1:20-1:35p – Break
  • 1:35-2:30p – DISSOCIATION
    • Spectrum of Dissociation
    • Understanding Dissociation as an Adaptive Cognitive Process
    • Assessing for Dissociation
    • Managing & Working with Dissociation

DAY 2:

  • 9-9:15a – Check In/Q & A
    • Principles of TIC
    • Stage1: Education, Stabilization, & Safety
    • Stage 2: Processing- Remembering & Mourning
    • Stage 3: Meaning and Reconnection
  • 10:15-10:30a – Break
  • 10:30-11:30a – TREATMENT APPROACHES
    • Treatment Guidelines
    • Evidence-Based Treatments
    • Integrative & Complementary Approaches
  • 11:30-12:30a – Lunch Break
    • Ethical Considerations
    • Practicing Cultural Humility
    • Creating Inclusive Spaces
    • Recognizing Biases
  • 1:20-1:35p – Break
  • 1:35-2:30p – TRAUMA STEWARDSHIP
    • Compassion Fatigue
    • Recognizing Burnout
    • Vicarious Resilience
    • Self-Care Strategies

About Your Trainer, CRYSTAL WILDES

Dr. Crystal Wildes is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working, training, and providing supervision/consultation in a variety of settings. She’s a Kase & CO trainer and senior faculty member, and an expert EMDR clinician. Crystal has worked with individuals and families of all ages, including adjudicated youth, at-risk teens, families involved with social services, and victims of crime. Crystal is committed to providing compassionate and effective mental health care with a focus on healing complex trauma. Specializing in EMDR therapy, she brings a wealth of expertise to her practice, offering a unique and evidence-based approach to support individuals on their journey to recovery. In addition to her clinical work, Crystal is a dedicated educator and trainer. She shares her expertise with fellow clinicians through workshops, seminars, and training programs focused on trauma-informed care and the implementation of EMDR therapy. Crystal is committed to equipping mental health professionals with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate the intricate landscape of trauma treatment. She prides herself in being authentic and genuine in her approach to facilitating the learning experience.

Additional Information


This course is available for mental health professionals credentialed to practice psychotherapy.

This is not an EMDR training.

No specific prerequisites are required for this course.

Continuing Education

8 CEs are available upon completion of all course material.

Kase & CO is an approved continuing education provider. ACE & NBCC CEs are available for this course. This course is not approved for EMDRIA or APA CE hours.

Participants must complete the full training to receive credit.

Course Completion

To receive a CE certificate, participants must complete the entire course, complete the post-test with a score of 80% or above, and complete the course evaluation. You may retake the post-test as needed. Once completed, a CE certificate will auto-populate to your online account.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations requested more than 48 hours prior to the live training are eligible for a refund, minus a $20 administrative fee. Cancellation requests can be submitted via email to Refunds are not available for cancellations requested after the recorded video is available on-demand.


ACE Approved Provider

Kase & CO, #1869, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 1/16/2024 – 1/16/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 8 total credits clinical continuing education credits.

NBCC Approved Provider

Kase & CO has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7033. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Kase & CO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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