Stuck in the vortex of despair: responding effectively to clients who experience complex post Traumatic stress disorder and developmental trauma

Natalie Zodre, MSW, RSW

October 24 & 25 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Saint Paul University, Ottawa
Light refreshments served

Compulsive Self-Endangering Behaviours Trauma Survivors

Overview of Program

Clients with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and Developmental Trauma (DT) can present unique challenges in care. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a framework to help you understand better and guide your work with clients who have had these difficult experiences? Would you also like to develop a better understanding of how CPTSD and DT overlap with Borderline Personality (BP) Disorder?

Anxious and disorganized early attachment patterns intertwined with early childhood trauma (emotional deprivation, physical /sexual abuse) and the strain of adversity or ongoing victimization may lead some clients to experience chronic and complex intrapsychic and interpersonal reactions.  For some individuals, their lives are filled with a pool of unmet needs, a legacy of interpersonal turmoil, a range of disruptive trauma reactions and a deficit of skill, motivation, and support to move beyond their past.  These individuals may become chronically depressed, have addictions, and are vulnerable to ongoing victimization.

A conceptual framework for understanding and guiding your work with clients with layered adverse experiences and continued present day suffering will be discussed.  An outline of key developmental pathways that are arrested by trauma will be presented. We will also review the definitions of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and Developmental Trauma (DT) and discuss how it overlaps with Borderline Personality (BP) Disorder.  An often over looked but fundamental dimension in CPTS and DT is the development and psychosocial impact of insecure attachment patterns on personality.  An overview of key clinical approaches to respond to effectively to CPTS and DT will be presented.


Natalie Zlodre M.S.W., R.S.W. was Head of the Trauma and Resiliency Centre and Associate Director of Training at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre.  She is currently the Director of Community Resources and Initiatives, a trauma-informed consulting firm.  Her professional focus is in the areas of: acute trauma, developmental/complex trauma and the impact of trauma on professionals and on mental health services. Natalie provides clinical consultation and supervision to mental health professionals and organizations.  Her theoretical framework is trauma-informed and strength-based.

Natalie is an experienced training facilitator and has provided hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally.  She is known for her direct and lively style and her ability to translate complex theories about traumatic responses into relevant practices for post-traumatic growth in vulnerable populations.


CCPA accreditation for MAGentix's workshops  
CCPA      12 CEC’s   CACCF   12 CEU’s
This seminar qualifies for 12 CECs for OACCPP members. OACCPP does not endorse or approve this training program or activity.   Approved for 11 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and 1 hour of MDPAC CCI credits if both days attended (automatically calculated when MDPAC member submits Group CE hours).



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  • To be eligible for group rate, all 3 registrations must be registered at the same time, and paid with one cheque or credit card number.
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  • Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the core characterological features of chronic trauma
  2. Distinguish PTSD, CPTSD, BDP and Developmental Trauma
  3. Understand, identify and work through client’s dissociative coping approaches
  4. Understand the intersecting dimensions of insecure attachment and Complex/Developmental Trauma
  5. Outline key treatment directions, strategies and models: Schema Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

Please note Natalie will be showing explicit video images of trauma reactions (popular film and clinical tapes)

Who is This Training For?

This seminar is for:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Medical Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Counsellors and Therapists
  • Family Therapists
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Case Managers
  • Clergy
  • Other Professionals in the Human Service Sector
  • Current students in these related fields


  • October 24 & 25, 2019 | 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Saint-Paul University, 223 Main St., Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4
  • Parking at the University for $11.00/day or public parking nearby.