March 11 - We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and plan on proceeding with the conference.  Any changes in conference plans will be posted on this page and updates will be emailed to registrants.




Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma: What’s A Clinician to Do?

Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., ABPP

Complex posttraumatic conditions often develop over the course of childhood in the aftermath of chronic cumulative trauma and abuse. It has many different manifestations across the lifespan and may be compounded by additional experiences of trauma in adulthood. Following an introduction that will offer an overview of types of complex trauma, its variable responses and adaptations, and description and limitations of the diagnostic criteria, the workshop focus will be on integrative treatment approaches. Attendees will learn of current advances in treatment and the strategies recommended in clinical practice guidelines as well as issues of controversy in treatment. The importance of the therapist’s competence to treat and the therapeutic relationship as a foundation of treatment will be stressed. The presenter will focus on treatment of various durations and intensities, emerging neuro-physiological and attachment/relational approaches and hybrid models. In addition Dr. Courtois will address philosophy and frame issues, assessment procedures; sequenced treatment, incorporation of evidence-based strategies; challenges of working with dissociation and self-fragmentation; and present-centered and person-centered approaches directed for affect regulation, ego-enhancement, symptom stabilization, and the maintenance of the client’s functioning.

This program is for intermediate psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, allied mental health professionals, educators, and other medical professionals.

For learning objectives for this session, please visit the accreditation tab or click here

For information on other meetings in the series, please click here.



Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP

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Attendees will be given instructions on how to claim their certificate online at the meeting.

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

15 units of continuing education

These sessions are suitable for beginner and intermediate levels for psychologists.

Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers
Boston University School of Social Work and Boston University School of Medicine have applied for consideration of 15 CE credits through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Please check back for status updates

Social Workers – New York State
Boston University School of Medicine, Barry M. Manual Continuing Medical Education Office is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0589.

All Social Workers must attend all sessions for credit, partial credit is not allowed.

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.



The Annual Cape Cod Summer Symposia will be conducted at the recently renovated Four Points by Sheraton Eastham. Located just 2 miles from the National Seashore, the Four Points offers a large indoor heated pool, an outdoor pool and free wi-fi. Special rates for symposia participants are available Sunday through Thursday.

Make your reservation at the Four Points by Sheraton online at a discounted rate by selecting this link!

Ocean Park Inn

3900 State Highway, Eastham, MA 02642
Phone: 508.255.1132 | Website: capecodopi.com

Located next door to the Four Points by Sheraton, this pet-friendly hotel, offers complimentary access to all amenities at the Four Points and free wi-fi. Special rates for symposia participants are available.

Make your reservation at the Ocean Park Inn online at a discounted rate by selecting this link! Use promo code: Guerette1

The Beauty of Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a sea-swept peninsula that juts 70 miles into the Atlantic. With its 300 miles of sandy beaches and dunes, the Cape provides an enchantment unparalleled in North America. Its natural beauty has attracted visitors to its shores for generations.

Beaches | Known for its enchanting beaches, the outer Cape is home to the Cape Cod National Seashore. This 40-mile stretch of beach and marsh has some of the most beautiful and best-preserved oceanside in the nation. Visit nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/guide-to-beaches.htm.

Restaurants | Cape Cod cuisine has some of the best variety of fresh seafood, meat and produce found on the eastern seaboard. To discover your next mouthwatering experience visit capecoddiningguide.com.

The Whales | Just off the Cape lies Stellwagen Bank, a shallow undersea area rich in plant life. Here, whales, porpoises, and seals feed during the summer months, and no trip to the Cape is complete without an excursion to see them. A whale watch trip will be coordinated with the Dolphin Fleet for interested symposium participants and their guests. The excursion usually lasts about three hours. In that span you can expect to see dozens of nature’s largest ocean dwellers.

Hiking and Biking | The land behind the water's edge is some of the most beautiful in the world. Trails meander through massive dunes where there is a wealth of unusual plant and animal life. For a list of trails visit capecodchamber.org/cape-cod-hiking-and-walking-trails. Bike trails are laid out all throughout the Cape. In Provincetown, Eastham and Orleans you may rent a bicycle for a ride along the Seashore. There are surfaced trails in Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, North Truro, and Provincetown.

Kids Activities | The Cape offers a magical experience for children of all ages. For the preschooler, the world can become a sand castle with its towers and walls surrounded by a saltwater moat. Older children can bike, boogie board or enjoy some shopping. Check out (kidsonthecape.com) for activities, summer camps, and rentals on the Cape.
For more information about life on Cape Cod, visit capecodchamber.org.

Cape Cod is a very popular destination in the summer. The most convenient airports to use are Logan International Airport in Boston, MA or T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI. Both are a two-hour drive to Cape Cod. Direct flights to the Cape are available from Boston, N.Y. and Providence. A car is necessary to enjoy the activities and explore the beauty of the Cape.