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Deborah Korn — Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models

Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models, a 2019 Cape Cod Institute workshop led by Deborah Korn, July 1-5, 2019

Deborah Korn

Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models
July 1-5, 2019

An overwhelming array of treatment models is available to therapists working with chronically traumatized clients.  What are the common denominators across these models, and what are the unique contributions of each? This workshop offers a conceptual framework and practical, phase-oriented approach to working with complicated, dysregulated trauma clients. This approach stresses the importance of moment-to-moment tracking and dyadic regulation with an emphasis on secure attachment as a primary treatment objective. It is designed to help the clinician identify those strategies most appropriate for a given case. 

The first part of the workshop will provide an overview of the most useful concepts and strategies from a variety of trauma treatment models–including IFS, EMDR, Hypnosis, CBT, Ego State Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and SE, AEDP, DBT, and Structural Dissociation. An understanding of relevant concepts and strategies can guide the therapist during assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment planning as well as through all additional phases of treatment.

The second part of the workshop will offer guidelines for decision-making in establishing priorities, creating treatment plans, and making intervention choices. The overarching approach proposed in this workshop acknowledges the competencies and survival resources inherent in each person and the power of the therapeutic relationship.  Interventions are designed to honor and deepen existing resources and self-capacities, while simultaneously introducing new skills and strategies. Throughout the workshop, videotapes will be shown to demonstrate the concepts and strategies being presented, and to show how multiple clinical models can be integrated into the treatment of an individual client.


  • Complex PTSD and Related Conditions

  • Screening for Dissociation

  • Trauma Treatment Models:  Common Denominators and Specialized Contributions

  • Complex Case Conceptualization:  Macro/Micro Conceptual Maps, Treatment Planning


  • Phase-Oriented Trauma Treatment

  • Modulation Model; Dealing with Hyper- and Hypo-arousal

  • Structural Dissociation; Dissociative Continuum; BASK Model

  • Understanding the Internal Family System

  • Evaluating Readiness for Trauma Processing


  • Disrupted Developmental Domains: Responsibility/Self-worth, Safety, Power

  • Resilient Self and Compromised Self Triangles of Experience

  • Phobias, Defenses, and Pathogenic Affects

  • Recognizing and Responding to Attachment Styles

  • Moment-to-Moment Tracking; Dyadic and Self-regulation



  • Translating a Conceptual Understanding into a Treatment Plan

  • Intervention Categories /Hierarchy; Process vs. Content Interventions

  • Global and Moment-to-Moment Decision-making: Choosing the Best Strategies for a Given Client

  • Mindfulness and Relationally-Focused Interventions

  • Regulation and Information-Focused Interventions


  • Ego State and Defense-Focused Interventions

  • Processing and Integration-Focused Interventions

  • Experiential Shifts: Realization; Passive to Active Defenses; Adaptive Action Tendencies, Completion and Truth

  • Past, Present, and Future Targets

  • Meta-processing/Re-evaluation

Debbie Korn

Debbie Korn

Debbie Korn, PsyD, maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA, and is an adjunct training faculty member at the Trauma Center in Boston. She has been on the faculty of the EMDR Institute for the past 25 years and is the former Clinical Director of the Womens’ Trauma Programs at Charter Brookside and Charles River Hospitals. Dr. Korn has authored or coauthored several prominent articles focused on EMDR, including a comprehensive review of EMDR applications with Complex PTSD. Dr. Korn is an EMDRIA-approved consultant and a past board member of NESTTD. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. She has been a regular presenter at the EMDR International Association Conference and was invited to present EMDRIA’s first “Masters Series” class. As a clinician, teacher, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Korn is known for her knowledge and integration of many different clinical models. In treating and consulting on complex, chronically traumatized cases, she believes that it is important to carry a large toolbox and to remain flexible, practical, and integrative.

See / Hear Deborah Korn

What our alumni are saying:

"Debbie's expertise and skill combined with her gentle sense of humor and her very evident kindness made for a wonderful presentation."

"Great teacher! Debbie is genuine and brilliant, but warm and approachable."

"Debbie is warm, humorous, responsive, generous, and confident…a real master."

NJ Social Workers:

Social workers completing this course will receive 15 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. ASWB ACE Individual Course approval statements can be found here.

EMDRIA Credit Approval:

This course has been approved for 15 EMDRIA credits. EC Program Approval Number #19002-02.

For all other CE information:

Please visit our CE page and search by discipline.