At the Crossroads of Complex Trauma: Domestic Violence and Addiction

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:45pm

Keynote Presentation: The Link Between Complex Trauma and Addictions: Treatment Implications

Dr. Courtois is retired from clinical practice in Washington, DC, and is now a consultant/trainer on topics on trauma psychology and treatment. She has co-authored Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Dr. Julian Ford and others; with Dr. Ford, she has coauthored one book for clinicians on the treatment of complex trauma and co-edited two books on various contemporary approaches to the treatment of complex trauma in adults and children/adolescents. She is also a co-editor of Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma, and author of the consumer book It’s Not You, It’s What Happened to You. Dr. Courtois was chair of the recently released Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD in Adults for the American Psychological Association (APA) and for guidelines on the treatment of complex trauma for several professional organizations. She is past president of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has received the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Professional Practice, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence, and most recently the American Board of Professional Psychology, 2016 Distinguished Service Award to the Profession of Psychology.


Debra Rusiard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC, Chief Clinical Officer, The Center of Great Expectations

Monica Indart, PsyD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Jennifer R. Jones-Damis, PsyD, LPC, Associate Director of Mental Health Services, Rikers Island

Lisa Caren Litt, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Training Consultant and Supervisor

Rupa M. Khetarpal, MA, MSW, LCSW, Assistance Professor of Teaching, Rutgers University