Let’s face it – treating trauma is hard work and it’s not always clear what needs to be done. Dysregulated nervous systems, co-morbidities, and a myriad of psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological options often make it difficult to reach the desired goals for your clients.
Even though you may not be a prescriber of medications, it’s essential that you have a thorough understanding of the effects medication has in treating trauma.
Watch world renowned trauma expert Frank Guastella Anderson, MD, in this recording as he guides you through the essentials of Psychopharmacology related to the treatment of Trauma and Dissociation.
Dr. Anderson will teach you how to:
Integrate psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches
Identify positive and negative effects of medication
Prepare clients for adding medication to their treatments
Understand the effects of trauma on neurobiological processes
Assess clients for appropriate medication referrals
Improve your outcomes through the understanding and application of the interplay between medications, psychotherapy and trauma.
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Manual - A Therapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology of Trauma and Dissociation
Frank Anderson, MD, completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. He is passionate about teaching brain-based psychotherapy and integrating current neuroscience knowledge with the IFS model of therapy.
Dr. Anderson is a lead trainer at the IFS Institute with Richard Schwartz and maintains a long affiliation with, and trains for, Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center. He serves as an advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) and was the former chair and director of the Foundation for Self-Leadership.
Dr. Anderson has lectured extensively on the Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation and wrote the chapter “Who’s Taking What” Connecting Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology and Internal Family Systems for Trauma in Internal Family Systems Therapy – New Dimensions. He co-authored a chapter on “What IFS Brings to Trauma Treatment in Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy” and recently co-authored Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual.
Dr. Anderson maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.
Financial: Frank Anderson maintains a private practice. He receives a consulting fee from the Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Anderson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Frank Anderson is the President of the Foundation for Self Leadership.
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Integrate psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches in the treatment of trauma and dissociation.
Determine the positive and potentially negative effects of psychoactive medication interventions related to trauma treatment.
Prepare clients effectively for the implementation of psychopharmacological adjuncts to psychotherapy.
Analyze the neurobiological effects of trauma to the dysregulation of neurotransmitters and the use of mitigating medications.
Assess therapeutic indications for appropriate medication referrals.
Effectively approaching traumatized clients with medication supports
Classification of the different types of trauma
Iatrogenic risks of rapid psychopharmacological treatment
Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Working with “parts of self” and medication interventions
Primary types of parts
Therapists’ role in medications – facilitating compliance
Indications for medication referrals
Integrating IFS with medication management
Video case example – securing parts agreement and clarifying expectations
Neuroscience and the neurobiology of PTSD
Neural networks and neural integration
Fear response circuitry – normal and disrupted function
Neurotransmitters and medications
Specific effects of most commonly used medication interventions
Treating Acute Trauma
Current psychopharmacological research and new directions
Negative effects of benzodiazepine use
Indicated medications and common side effects
Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy
Enhancing self-compassion and reducing defences
Limitations of current research
Hormones and PTSD
Polyvagal theory and Dissociation
Differentiating ventral and dorsal parasympathetic function
Treating Dissociation – applications of atypical antipsychotics
Medications new to the market
Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder and Trauma - Co-morbidities and Trauma
Use of PRN medications and scheduling
Discriminating between biological and emotional symptoms
Psychotropics used – effects and side effects
Attention Deficit Disorder – overlap and medication interaction with PTSD
Substance abuse and indicated medications
Depression and co-morbid PTSD
Star-D study results
Polypharmacy for PTSD symptomology
Alternative treatments for Trauma
Marriage & Family Therapists
Other Mental Health Professionals
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