Treating Complex Trauma, also called C-PTSD, is quite different from simple PTSD in its causes and treatment. Complex Trauma results from chronic, repetitive stress from which there is no chance of escape. Simple PTSD, on the other hand, more often results from single discrete events, several discrete events or short-term exposure to extreme stress or trauma.
Since the introduction of PTSD in the DSM-III, research investigating the effects of trauma on people has shown that the diagnosis of PTSD captures only a limited amount of post-traumatic effects. Two critical elements in influencing survivors’ outcomes are the developmen¬tal level at which the trauma occurs, and whether it occurs in the context of a relationship with a care¬giver or intimate partner. For example, survivors of car accidents or natural disasters often have quite different clinical presentations and treatment needs than those who experienced ongoing abuse, deprivation, and/or neglect at the hands of their caregivers. EFT Practitioners who mistake PTSD-C for simple PTSD can find themselves mired in difficulty, and their clients experiencing unnecessary pain, confusion and retraumatization.
Survivors of early interpersonal trauma often develop more complex and difficult to treat symptoms that need to be approached with great care and expertise. It is essential that EFT Practitioners understand the difference between PTSD and PTSD-C and how to treat each.This program is intended to help practitioners understand the many faces of complex trauma, and how to address them safely and competently with Clinical EFT.
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