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Identifying Critical Variables

Whether you’re a therapist or healthcare provider, missing client’s trauma cues can leave them with no path forward in life…

Co-occurring symptoms, complex trauma and other factors muddy the waters even more.

Gain the education to identify and assess critical variables with trauma survivors. Join Robert Lusk, PhD, and get training to:

  • Spot the differences between developmental, complex & other trauma types
  • Simplify diagnosis with updates from DSM-5-TR™
  • Assess for co-occurring disorders
  • Interpret current research for improved clinical outcomes
  • Conceptualize treatment through a trauma phase framework

Don’t miss the signs of trauma – help your clients get the treatment they need from the first visit.

Program Information


  1. Determine the development of trauma and a trauma treatment framework.
  2. Analyze DSM-5-TR™ criteria and assessment of trauma disorders and comorbidities.
  3. Appraise trauma research and phases of trauma treatment.


Critical Variables in Clinical Work with Trauma Survivors 

  • Risk Factors for worse effects of trauma
    • Personal risk factors
    • Event-related risk factors
      • Big T vs. little t trauma and toxic stress
    • Recovery environment factors
      • Survival Mode
      • Helping clients without physical/emotional safety
      • Developmental factors & complex trauma
      • Current research
  • Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders: Main symptoms & common pitfalls
    • A new disorder in 2022: Prolonged Grief Disorder
    • My “favorite” trauma diagnosis
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Assessment skills & scales 
    • Managing co-occurring disorders
    • DSM-5-TR™ diagnostic criteria & how to use it
  • Trauma symptoms commonly addressed in treatment 
    • NCTSN data (Youth)
    • Adult samples
      • Effects of trauma
    • Common effects and problems in addition to PTSD (including the pandemic)
    • 5 Common trajectories of trauma symptoms 
    • Prevalence of trauma and PTSD
    • Phases of treatment

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Physicians Assistants
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 07/19/2022

Trauma-Informed CBT: A Framework for Integrating Affective, Narrative & More Approaches

Your clients impacted by trauma fall into negative self-thoughts, harsh worldviews and every new experience becomes a part of them through a distorted lens.

Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TI-CBT) has the power to prevent your clients from spiraling further and further…

It’s time to get the training to harness one of the most effective treatments ever developed to treat one of the most common problems in your office. Expert training in TI-CBT from Rob Lusk, PhD, will teach you to hone your CBT skills and apply them to challenging client presentations.

You’ll walk away from this training with the concrete skills to:

  • Structure client sessions with a trans-diagnostic framework
  • Apply concepts from Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure & more
  • Learn specific techniques from Mindfulness, Somatic & Affective Therapy
  • Disempower negative core beliefs & compensatory behaviors

All this while exploring real client case studies throughout each step of learning TI-CBT.

Transform your client’s thoughts, lives and your career.

Program Information


  1. Theorize foundations of TI-CBT.
  2. Apply concepts and interventions from TI-CBT to case study examples.
  3. Formulate treatment plans and progress based on therapy stages and PRACTICE model.
  4. Implement Trauma-Informed CBT strategies in session. 
  5. Integrate interventions from somatic, in vivo, mindfulness with cognitive and behavioral strategies.
  6. Build preventative and support factors to encourage post-trauma growth.


Foundations of TI-CBT 

  • History of CBT
  • Core assumptions of CBT
  • Mechanisms of change in CBT
  • Problematic core beliefs & doubt labels
  • The broad definition of “behavioral” in TI-CBT
  • Compensatory behaviors

The Transdiagnostic Approach, Core Regulation Issues, and the Universal Protocol

  • Transdiagnostic Approach and the Universal Protocol 
  • Core emotional regulation issues 
  • Universal Protocol (UP) & core skills 

Two main types of Post-Trauma Treatment 

  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Post-crisis interventions
    • Illustrative Example: Psychological First Aid (PFA)

TI-CBT: Conceptual and Research Basis

  • 3 Pillars of Trauma-Informed Care
  • TF-CBT: The “gold standard” for trauma treatment
  • American Psychological Association Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Adults
    • Recommended models
      • Cognitive Processing Therapy
      • Prolonged Exposure Therapy
    • Suggested model: EMDR
  • Stages of Trauma Treatment applied to CBT
  • Assessment client readiness, apply screens & measures

What Do TI-CBT Models Have in Common? The PRACTICE Acronym  

  • P - Psychoeducation & Parenting skills (Stage One)
    • Cognitive Factors
  • R - Relaxation & coping techniques (Stage One)
  • A - Affective expression & regulation (Stage One)
  • C - Cognitive coping & processing (Stage One)
    • In CBT models, this is the majority of the focus (along with the narrative)
    • When the upsetting thought is accurate (often true for real-life problem areas involving basic needs), teach clients to create Action Plans to implement practical solutions
  • T - Trauma narrative & processing (Stage Two if needed)
  • I - In vivo (real life) exposure (Stage Two)
  • C - Conjoint parent/child sessions (All stages for youth)
  • E - Enhancing personal safety & future growth (Stage Three)

Diving into PRACTICE with Illustrative Case Examples 

  • Case #1: 14-year-old female sexual abuse survivor
  • Case #2: 35-year-old male who lost a child 

Building a Treatment Plan (including Interventions & Methods for Evaluating Progress)

  • Stage One
    • Psychoeducation Goal & Objectives
    • Parenting Goal & Objectives (Youth)
    • Emotion Identification & Expression Goal & Objectives
    • Coping Skills & Emotional Regulation Goal & Objectives
    • Healthy Thinking Goal & Objectives
  • Stage Two
    • Arousal Modulation Goal & Objectives
    • Trauma Narrative/Exposure Goal & Objectives
  • Stage Three
    • Enhancing Personal Safety Goal & Objectives
    • Planning for Future Triggers Goal & Objectives

Interventions for Parents of Youth Trauma Survivors 

  • Caregiver Emotional Control
  • Building Emotional Safety and Parenting Skills
  • Positive Discipline
  • Example: Family/Parent work in Case #1

Implementing Relaxation, Coping and Grounding techniques 

  • Behavioral and related strategies
  • Breathing retraining/controlled breathing
  • Movement-based strategies
  • Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
  • Using Props/The Comfort Kit (with examples)
  • Cognitive strategies
  • Distraction
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Problem-solving

Building Affective Expression & Regulation Skills

  • Identifying feelings
  • Expressing feelings
  • SUDs scales & Zones of Regulation

Correcting Cognitive Distortions

  • The 5-step process
  • Most common targets of cognitive processing
  • The Franklin Method

Examples of building regulation skills

  • Case #1
  • Case #2

Examples of cognitive work

  • Case #1
  • Case #2

Implementing Stage Two: The Trauma Narrative 

  • But first . . . Stage One additional components
    • Safety plans
    • Trauma-specific areas of focus
    • Case example: Sexual abuse-specific focus
    • Case example: Prolonged exposure for avoidance of triggers
  • Stage Two: Trauma Processing
    • Creating the trauma narrative
      • Methods
      • Process
    • When is your client done with Stage Two?
    • Example: processing trauma/trauma narrative in Case #1
    • Example: processing trauma/trauma narrative in Case #2

Implementing Stage Three: Enhancing personal safety & post-traumatic growth 

  • Stage Three components
  • Example: Stage Three in Case #1
  • Example: Stage Three in Case #2

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Other Healthcare Professionals

Copyright : 07/20/2022

Integrated CBT Treatment Techniques for Depression, Suicidal Ideations, & Other Co-Morbid Conditions

Enhance Your Skills and Improve Outcomes with Depressed and Suicidal Clients

The ongoing treatment of the depressed and suicidal client is an enormous clinical challenge. Clinicians often state that they feel well-trained in assessing and intervening when their clients initially have suicidal ideations, but feel at a loss when the client returns for treatment, still depressed, and possibly still suicidal.

Dr. David Pratt has worked with this challenging population for over 35 years and brings his expertise to share practical CBT techniques for clinicians to use with their depressed and suicidal clients. He will help you integrate “Third Wave” CBT Therapies such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with “First and Second Wave” CBT therapies you may already be using. In addition, he will share practical interventions you can use for on-going depression and suicidal ideation, as well as evidence-based treatments for other common co-morbid conditions such as anxiety disorders and PTSD.

Program Information


  1. Compare and contrast "first wave" vs. "second wave" approaches as it relates to case conceptualization
  2. Examine the intrinsic evidence-based CBT treatments for the depressed and suicidal client
  3. Identify recent advances in treatment for depression and suicide prevention as it relates to case conceptualization
  4. Describe practical methods to teach CBT skills to your depressed client
  5. Discover effective methods to integrate recent advances in CBT for depression and suicide prevention in clinical practice
  6. Determine how to integrate evidence-based treatments for common co-morbid conditions such as anxiety and PTSD to enhance outcomes with the complicated client



  • Foundations of CBT
  • “First Wave” therapies
  • “Second Wave” therapies


  • Education: The CBT Model and depression
  • Mood Monitoring: Developing self-awareness
  • Behavioral Activation: Getting active again
  • Cognitive Restructuring: Healthy thinking
  • Problem Solving: Overcoming “Learned Helplessness”
  • Social Skills Training: Essential social skills for relationship development
  • Wellness and Depression: Developing a healthy life style to overcome depression
  • Using CBT Skills for suicide prevention and safety planning


  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): Mindfulness vs. Meditation
  • Teaching Mindfulness Skills: Multi-sensory applications
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): The dialectic of acceptance vs. change
  • Mindfulness self-monitoring: Enhanced self-awareness
  • Mindfulness and Acceptance: Developing tolerance for distressful experiences
  • Acceptance vs. Change: Identifying and committing to personal values


  • Anxiety Disorders and Exposure Therapy
  • PTSD and “Prolonged Exposure”


  • Evaluation and case conceptualization
  • Prioritizing treatment
  • Treatment phases and juxtaposing interventions
  • Enhanced skills-based suicide prevention and safety planning

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Supervisors

Copyright : 12/15/2017

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness Toolbox

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been an effective intervention for decades, but few clinicians have discovered the powerful treatment results of combining CBT with Mindfulness.

Clinical psychologist and mindfulness expert Dr. Richard Sears has created a practical, engaging skills manual that clearly defines the principles of CBT and then demonstrates steps for integrating mindfulness practices into therapy -- all drawing from the latest research. Straight-forward explanations and dozens of worksheets provide fresh insights and new tools to move therapy forward when treating stress, anxiety, panic, depression, pain, trauma, addictions, and other issues.

The CBT Flip Chart

Therapist Approved! Psychoeducational flip charts are a unique and reusable in-session therapy tool that bring clinical concepts to life.

But it once, use it hundreds of times!

Mindfulness-centered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) offers a powerful set of practices that offers relief from common conditions like anxiety and depression. In The CBT Flip Chart, clinicians will find a straightforward and easy-to-understand resource that makes it easier to share these practices with clients. Intended for use in sessions, this simple, user-friendly format includes:

  • 27 full-color diagrams on client-facing pages
  • Additional explanations and examples on each corresponding therapist-facing page
  • White-board client pages for easy mark-up and reuse

With The CBT Flip Chart, clients will learn the fundamental concepts of mindfulness-centered CBT, such as:

  • The interconnections among thoughts, feelings, and behavior
  • Cognitive distortions
  • Behavioral activation
  • Exposure therapy
  • Mindfulness in daily activities

The pages that follow demonstrate how CBT is used in the treatment of specific conditions your clients are facing, including:

  • Overwhelming stress
  • Depression
  • Worry
  • Procrastination
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Problematic anger
  • Insomnia

Novice and seasoned CBT therapists alike will enjoy the confidence and ease that The CBT Flip Chart offers for bringing these powerful practices to their clients.