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The fee for these trainings is $200 per course and will provide 13 CE hours each.
* Please note, training fees do not include certification. *
Certified Expert Trauma Professional (CETP)
online training and webinar
Anger Management Treatment Professional (AMTP) online training
June 12 - July 24, 2016
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) online training and webinar
June 12 - July 24, 2016
Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP) online training and webinar
June 12 - July 24, 2016
Certified Youth Trauma Treatment Professional (CYTP) online training and webinar
June 12 - July 24, 2016
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Certified Family Trauma Treatment Professional (CFTP) online training and webinar
June 12 - July 24, 2016
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The Most Recently Certified Professionals
Candace Ah Kiong
Lakila D. Ahmed
Robert Glen Allnock
Robert Glen Allnock
Paul A. Appleby
Ruben D. Aroz
Thomas Edward Rojo Aubrey
Elia Awaad Salem
Holly A. Babb-Preusser
Loretta M. Babich
Melissa A. Baker
Kelly Sanders Barry
Susan R. Bella-Nesbitt
Mary L. Bemker-Page
Julio L. Benezra
Norman Bentson, Psy.D.
Judith S. Bookman
Frances Braun, Psy.D.
Lisa E. Brenner
John A. Britton
Deon J. Brown
Mary Allison Brown
Lucas F. Bruno III
Todd E. Byrd
Alicia D. Carlson
Paul J. Carollo
Rachel Ann Cerna
Antoine Tracy Charles
Roy Douglas Chukwuemeka
Sheila Cleveland Jones
Dana M. Coale
Brenda R. Cochran
Christine M. Colburn
Tad B. Coles
Antonia Glowacki Colton
Crystal L. Contreras
Omega Dea Cooper
David I. Copeland
Laurie M. Crabb
Dena F. Cullinane
Brittney Baxter Dameron
Monique De Nysschen
Leslie Marianne DeBlasio
Julia V. Dehn
Stephany Del Re'
Donna K. DeWan
Jenny Samayoa Diaz
Nancy E. Dickens
Michele T. Doherty
Nancy E. Donahue
Nina Fry Ekholm
Kristina Nicole Ellen
Josephine A. Ellsworth
Dorothy Michelle Faust-Davis
Clarissa A. Favichia
Julie M. Feurer
Christine A. Fila
Lyndon S. Fluegel
Phyllis A. Foley
Sharon Elaine Francis
Dawn M. Gadberry
Jason D. Gati
International Association of
Trauma Professionals (IATP, LLC)
5104 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34234
IATP is growing by leaps and bounds. Our online 6-week courses are recognized as the very best in trauma content taught by our highly experienced faculty. When you take one of these courses we divide participants into sections of no more than 10 or 12 so that you can interact with each other and not get lost in the numbers!
We are lucky to have Cindi Labadie as our registrar.
She helps us all--
faculty and participants--navigate the learning platform. Cindi has had many years in a higher education environment in student services. Having graduated from Eastern Michigan University in Library Science, Cindi is mightily detail oriented! Here at IATP, she registers participants, sends them access information and helps get them started in the learning environment. She also monitors participation and in general acts as a trouble shooter. We couldn't do it without her.
One of the biggest hitches Cindi sees is that some of you have spam filters and firewalls which prohibit you from getting her emails. If you do sign up for a course, please be mindful of that and look in your spam folder!
Our core trainings are being offered again starting on June 12 for 6 weeks:
- Clinical Trauma Professional
- The Angry Brain and Anger Management
- Sex Offender Treatment Provider
- Youth Trauma Treatment Professional
- Family Trauma Professional
Our advanced level Expert Trauma Professional is scheduled for September. If you are interested, send an email to Cindi at firstname.lastname@example.org. As soon as we set the date, she'll get in touch with you.
Our list of new certificate holders is so large, that we will have to split it into two or more newsletters. Thanks for your continued support of IATP and our mission of educating mental health professionals in order to help those with the greatest need--trauma survivors.
Mike Dubi, President
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Dr. Carmen Suzanne Clark
Dr. Carman Suzanne Clark prefers to be called "Suzaunna." Her educational background includes Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota; Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology; graduate studies in Public Health Education from Emory University School of Public Health; Bachelor's degree in Psychology/Human Relations from Chapman University; formal training and education in US Air Force School of Healthcare Sciences and an Associate of Science in Medical Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Her background covers extensive depth and breadth of expertise in Allied Healthcare, Medicine, Education and Psychology. Dr. Clark has academic degrees and professional specialties in several major areas: Education, Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Certification in Pharmacy, Certificate of Teaching and Training in US Air Force Principles of Instruction and Professional Certification in Medical Technology and Training and Instruction in Public Health Education and Epidemiology.
Dr. Clark is an Air Force veteran with over 17 years of combined military and civilian service. During her civil service career, Dr. Clark served as the base Organizational/Personnel Psychologist responsible for providing a variety of human resources management services and consultation toward sustaining federal workforce effectiveness, workforce development and employee training and evaluation. She also served as Chief of the Organizational Consulting Office, providing consultation to Base Commander, Office of the Inspector General, Airman and Family Readiness Center, Military Leadership Schools, Civil Engineering Group, Aircraft Maintenance, Logistics Division, Medical Group, Aerospace Sustainment Group, Flight Line Crew, Military Command, Directorate of Personnel, and Air Force Reserve Command. She currently works in Civilian Education and Training as Chief of Curriculum Development and Delivery.
Dr. Clark is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Counseling Supervisor with the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, and board certified therapist through the National Board of Certified Counselors. She has managed a private practice, Village Community Services, Inc. in Atlanta Georgia, since 2007, where she specializes in psychological trauma healing, brain-mapping, biofeedback, spiritual counseling, psychological assessment and traditional psychotherapy with families, couples, individuals, adults, adolescents and children. She is also the owner of Healing Hearts, a patented and trademarked brand of products dedicated to promoting psychological and spiritual healing around the world.
As a 20-year medical professional, Dr. Clark was a Clinical Laboratory Medicine-Technical Director responsible for the entire process of clinical laboratory development; a Medical Technologist specializing in ER Medicine; a Hemapheresis Specialist at Emory University Hospital and a treating professional of autoimmune disorders and diseases; an Immunohematologist responsible for all aspects of Blood Banking and transfusion medicine; and a Medical Laboratory Specialist, Active Duty Military, responsible for assisting in autopsies and performance of laboratory tests and procedures on biological specimens.
Since 2012, Dr. Clark as been a nationally recognized expert who conducts seminars across the country, as a recognized authority in Suicide & Self-Mutilation Intervention, Treatment and Prevention; noted public speaker on Psychological Training for Ministers and Religious Leaders; Women's Empowerment; and Adolescent Youth Intervention; and a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals; and a Health Tap Quality Healthcare Experts. She is currently working on several books focusing on children's self-help; spirituality; trauma recovery and psychological self-help for adults, couples and families. Dr. Clark resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband of 32 years. They have two adult children.
Joanna Flemons, LCSW, CPC
any individuals having fertility stress today are traumatized by the chronic and ambiguous process of facing multiple failed attempts at creating life and/or sustaining life in pregnancy.
Trauma is a human physiological reaction to a highly distressing event, which can be any life-threatening situation, accidents, rape, violence, crimes, surgeries, neglect, abuse, profound loss and natural and medical disasters. Infertility is a highly distressing season of life that produces a trauma response when infertile individuals render themselves helpless to control the body, produce life or sustain life in the womb.
A highly common trauma symptom for individuals facing fertility challenges is hyperarousal. This acute stress physiological response in individuals is evidenced by constant rumination and thought regulation challenges. Past failed pregnancy attempts and planning in combination of anticipation for future pregnancy creates a traumatic bind for patients. On the one hand, individuals authentically desire to create autonomy and distance from past traumatic losses and disappointments in their efforts to create life. But on the other hand, individuals deal with anticipatory grief in physiologically preparing for upcoming treatments and planning and hoping for their dream of a family.
The fertility challenges for some are complex. These complexities include but are not limited to the frustrations that stem from large investments of time spent in efforts, dealing with pending outcomes and disappointing delays, living with limited energy at times from the physiological demands, hormonal changes, financial and relational changes and stress, physiologically experiencing and regulating past losses, planning for future pregnancy hopes meanwhile facing anticipatory grief triggers from past losses that can lure around and impact conversations, relationships, depression, anxiety, etc.
When individuals believe they can fight and defeat an obstacle, they will go into "fight mode." In this response the sympathetic nervous system is activated and hormones are released to help individuals physiologically defeat the struggle. Their system is not overwhelmed because the threat has been overcome. When individuals believe a struggle is too great to overcome, contrarily, they may elect the "flight mode" and hope to outrun the threat or opponent. Again, their system is not overwhelmed because the threat is overcome by avoiding it. Both responses find a resolve by fighting or flighting against or around the threat.
But for individuals who struggle with chronic fertility challenges, experience and time have communicated that neither trying for pregnancy and life (fight mode), nor taking time off from pregnancy attempts (flight mode), alleviates the profound stress and grief that comes from yearning and waiting for a family. This bind is physiologically overwhelming.
As individuals render themselves helpless to fight or flight, they can enter a freeze response. This disabling response operates as a sort of defense, dissociation and numbing in the face of a situation or perceived danger. It is a human subconscious attempt to physiologically protect and preserve that which can be protected and preserved in situations that foster trepidation, helplessness and significant loss.
Certain times of the month, various medical appointments, phone calls, media, stories, relationships and conversations, external factors and much more can trigger the freeze response and hyper vigilance for individuals struggling with fertility trauma. The freeze response is adaptive to meet the complex physiological demands and requirements of fertility trials.
The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health has documented several studies of women developing PTSD from fertility struggles, and the prevalence occurring both before pregnancy during treatments, during pregnancy loss and treatment failure, and then also during high risk pregnancy.
Stress experts also believe that certain and diverse factors can predispose individuals to PTSD, such as past traumas, genetic and external environmental factors. Regardless of history or other variables, understanding trauma and PTSD is first and foremost for reducing symptoms and improving well-being.
Recovering from the trauma that accompanies fertility struggles takes time, education, specialized treatment, as well as time away from the perceived threat and/or actual danger of loss. Everyone heals at their own pace, based on a number of factors.
During fertility struggles and treatment, it's important to stay aware of trauma symptoms and to understand the help that is available for managing and ultimately resolving or reducing this condition.
One of the most widely used treatments for fertility trauma is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Trained CBT professionals can help patients with being present in the moment, by identifying thought patterns that keep painful past experiences and anticipated future painful experiences separated from the PRESENT thoughts. This is extremely empowering for individuals yet sometimes quite difficult because of hypervigilance.
EMDR therapy is another form of trauma treatment that has proven to be highly effective for many people who suffer with PTSD or the effects of fertility trauma. Due to the intensity of EMDR, many individuals elect to wait until after their fertility journey is resolved, one way or the other. EMDR is a specialized therapy that utilizes eye movements and other bilateral stimulation activities to restore healthy brain connects and remove charges that impact memory. Specialized EMDR therapists should maintain EMDRIA standards.
For individuals experiencing trauma, speaking with others, joining support groups and building awareness around personal stress response and body/mind connection can be KEY for promoting empowerment and self-confidence.
Acupuncture, Massage Therapy and physical activities are all highly therapeutic psychologically for facing fertility traumas, with a focus on calming and positively stimulating the body.
Guided Breathing Exercises - Controlled breathing exercises can promote muscle relaxation and body relaxation. These benefits alone are very helpful for individuals interfacing fertility trauma and hyperarousal symptoms. The more you can focus on calming your body, the less hyperarousal symptoms.
Every individuals and every experience of trauma with fertility is different. Different treatments work better for different circumstances. Education is key for empowerment in the face of trauma, no matter the duration, type or investment. Reducing stress and calming the body is key for interfacing the stress and trauma that can sometimes be part of the fertility journey.
Schwerdtfeger, Kami and Shreffler, Karina (2009). Trauma of Pregnancy Loss and Infertility for Mothers and Involuntarily Childless Women in the Contemporary United States. PMC US National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. HHS Public Access, Author Manuscript. Retrieved from
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A Therapy I Can Root For, At Last
Michael Dubi, Ed.D., LMHC
After 35 years of practicing psychotherapy and many times being disappointed listening to trainers describe the wonders of their techniques, I was truly amazed to discover the power of the brain to rapidly heal via brain-based therapy. I discovered Brainspotting in 2007 when I was accidently sent the wrong DVDs for an EMDR CE training. At that time I believed that my profession had pretty much come as far as it was willing to come and there was only a little left to do to refine and complete our understanding of psychological healing. Now I believe that Brainspotting is the tip of the coming therapy iceberg - in the future it's likely we will all be doing brain-based therapy.
A "brainspot" is a physical point in the brain where emotions related to traumatic or emotionally significant issues can be stimulated. This spot is found by observing a person's focused unconscious reactions while they are reliving the experience. This focused concentration, while the brainspot is activated, seems to cause a deconditioning effect, tapping into the body's inherent ability to heal itself.
The first clinical issues I worked with using Brainspotting were anxiety and panic. In most cases, the symptoms were gone after one session, which was far beyond anything I had experienced with the traditional therapies. The next clients were golfers, actors and musicians - coaching clients actually. Their success in using the Brainspotting therapy was so inspiring that, from word of mouth alone, I had a waiting list for the first time in my practice.
Unfortunately, the majority of us were taught to practice therapy by very smart professors who, for the most part, did not practice therapy themselves. In fact, many did not even engage in their own personal therapy - I know, I know, it really is a shame. Many therapists were (and are) being taught the same old models that were popular in the last century without any exposure to the newer, more brain-based models. For example, despite its strong evidence-base and popularity, there are still therapists and professors who believe that EMDR is fraudulent and that CBT is simply a technique used "only" for symptom removal. What's really ironic is that many of the most popular text book authors are not therapists, have never been therapists and may not even have a good understanding of the power of therapy.
Newer therapists in training are often made to believe that practicing therapy is very difficult and there is only one way to do it - the professor's way. They develop such poor self-confidence and timidity about their work it is almost impossible for some to find a real connection with their clients. Who knows how many potentially good therapists leave the profession before they ever get the chance to practice?
Most therapists seem to develop their own personal theoretical models based upon what has worked for them when they are with their clients. Sadly, they are somewhat shy about sharing what they do for fear of being ridiculed by peers and supervisors, or by being denied payment by managed care.
I am a Brainspotting fan and encourage students and all therapists I come in contact with to do a little research and see if it's something they might be interested in learning. I frequently conduct demonstrations which most participants find interesting and motivating. What many of the observers report is that most of their professors do not demonstrate techniques - they require instead that students demonstrate these techniques. How can students possibly learn from teachers who cannot apply the techniques they are teaching?
At the very least, I believe all therapists, professors and supervisors need to become more aware of the 21st century therapies lest they become like the buggy whip manufacturers of the 19th century, and we all know how they ended up.
Mike Dubi during a 2-day trauma training discussing Brainspotting