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A Therapist’s Guide to the Psychopharmacology of Trauma and Dissociation

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.
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Faculty:
Frank Anderson
Duration:
3 Hours
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Sep 11, 2019

Description

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.

Handouts

Outline

  • Effectively approaching traumatized clients with medication supports
  • Classification of the different types of trauma
    • Normative responses
    • 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
  • Treating PTSD
    • Indicated medications and common side effects
  • Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy
    • Enhancing self-compassion and reducing defenses
    • 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
  • Sleep disturbances
    • 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
  • OCD  
  • Alternative treatments for Trauma

Faculty

A Therapist’s Guide to the Psychopharmacology of Trauma and Dissociation

Frank Anderson, MD Related seminars and products: 18


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.

Speaker Disclosures:

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.