International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
ISTSS 31st Annual Meeting | November 5-7, 2015 | Pre-Meeting Institutes, Nov 4, 2015 | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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The Effects of Complex Developmental Trauma across the Lifespan: Professional Recognition, Training, and Intervention

Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP, Independent Practice, USA

Dr. Courtois is a board certified counseling psychologist in independent practice in Washington, DC and National Clinical Training Consultant for Elements Behavioral Health/Promises, California. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Courtois recently published Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents co-edited with Dr. Julian Ford; The Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach (2013) co-authored with Dr. Ford; a revision of Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (2010); and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide (2009) co-edited with Dr. Ford. She has recently completed co-editing (with Drs. Donald Walker and Jamie Aten) a book on spiritually-oriented trauma treatment to be published in 2014. Dr. Courtois is the appointed chair of the American Psychological Association’s PTSD Guideline Development Panel and has organized the development of guidelines for the treatment of complex trauma for three professional organizations. She is a past president of Division 56 (Psychological Trauma) of the APA and a founding associate editor of the Division’s journal, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy. In 1990, she co-founded (with Joan Turkus, MD) The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program, Washington, DC, one of the first inpatient trauma programs in the USA, where she served as clinical and training director for 16 years.


Master Clinician: Helping Families at Risk for Physical Abuse using Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)

David Kolko, PhD, ABPP, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA

Dr. Kolko is a professor of psychiatry, psychology, pediatrics, and clinical and translational science, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He is director of the Special Services Unit at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, a program devoted to the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices (EBP) for children/adolescents served in diverse community settings or systems including juvenile justice, child welfare, pediatric primary care, and mental health. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of Divisions 37 and 53 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kolko served two terms on the board of directors of APSAC, was co-chair of its research committee, and received its Research Career Achievement Award for 2001.  Much of his current work promotes training in and the implementation of “Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” (AF-CBT;, an EBP that has been adapted for family conflict and coercion, emotional and physical abuse, and child behavior problems.  His treatment research interests include the study and treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and children’s antisocial behavior, including childhood firesetting, adolescent sexual offending behavior, and child maltreatment/trauma, and the integration of behavioral health services in pediatric primary care and family health centers.


Integrating Culturally Informed and Evidence Based Treatment with Traumatized Young Children and Their Families

Alicia Lieberman, PhD, University of California San Francisco, USA

Dr. Lieberman is Irving Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, professor and vice chair at the UCSF department of psychiatry. She is the director of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Lieberman received her undergraduate training at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, her PhD from The Johns Hopkins University under the mentorship of Mary Ainsworth, and her post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with Selma Fraiberg. She is a member of the board of directors of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and on the board of trustees of the Irving Harris Foundation. She is the developer of child-parent psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for traumatized young children and their families. She is the author of several books and numerous articles and chapters on early childhood mental health. Her areas of special interest involve closing the gap in access to state-of-the-art treatment for traumatized young children and their families, developing and disseminating culturally informed  treatment, and building capacity by training clinicians from under served cultural minority groups in early childhood intervention and treatment.