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Childhood trauma predisposes individuals to develop PTSD, with subsequent traumatic stressors increasing this risk. Formulating a treatment plan is complicated because of the way that life events can coalesce to shape trauma-based schemas, adaptive responses, and resources. This workshop will provide detailed instructions on how to conduct an assessment on PTSD in the context of complex trauma history as well as treatment plans that include one or more of the following:
• STAIR/NST – Skills training in affective and interpersonal regulation & Narrative storytelling
• DBT – Dialectical behavioral therapy
• CPT – Cognitive processing therapy
• PE – Prolonged exposure
Participants will be introduced to each approach, how to use them in combination, and the way that these approaches target the intrusive re-experiencing of trauma through purposeful reflective remembering and reappraisals, while taking into account avoidance, emotional and cognitive dysregulation, dissociation, hyperarousal and hypervigilance.


Tiffany Hopkins, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist within UNC’s Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. Her current clinical specialties are in trauma recovery, women’s health, and perinatal psychology. She has extensive experience and training in Prolonged Exposure, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and STAIR/NST for trauma. She was previously employed by the Durham VA Medical Center, where she completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Trauma Recovery Program within the Women’s Health and Male Military Sexual Trauma clinics. Additionally, Dr. Hopkins participated in the national rollout for the dissemination of Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy by the National Center for PTSD



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Handouts| Assessment tool


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