3 Hour Workshop

Teaching in the Professional Training Program: Rewards and Self-Development

Saturday, March 24
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Marshfield

This workshop is designed for current and potential ISSTD Professional Training Program (PTP) instructors. The workshop will be led by two long-term Course Directors and Faculty in the PTP. They will share their knowledge and experience gained in many years as clinician-teachers in the field of trauma and dissociation.


The workshop will begin with a discussion of the history and development of the PTP and its vital position within the educational mission of the ISSTD. Adult learning styles, including the contributions of Malcolm Knowles and others, will be discussed including the ways in which they enter into the understanding of teaching skills. This will be followed by a basic discussion of group dynamics as it applies to the PTP courses. The conceptual framework, flow, format and methodology of the current PTP curriculum and courses will be explained. A brief description of administrative tasks for faculty will be included.


The final section will be a discussion of the rewards of teaching and its significant contribution to the self-development of PTP teachers, both professionally and personally. It is clear that this is a worthy endeavor in which to participate.


There will be ample time for comments, questions, and answers.

Learning Objectives:

Su Baker

Private Practice
Private practice
Montreal, Quebec

Su Baker, MEd, licensed counsellor and psychotherapist, (private practice, Montreal, QC, Canada) has a masters degree in counselling psychology from McGill University and training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis and EMDR. She has worked in the field of trauma and dissociation for more than 30 years and teaches at conferences nationally and internationally. She was the ISSTD treasurer for 6 years, has sat on many ISSTD committees as well teaching in the Professional Training Program of the ISSTD since its inception more than 14 years ago. She is currently the Chair of the Professional Training Program as well as the course director of the Intro to Complex Trauma course, and co-director (with Joan Turkus, MD) of the Standard and Advanced Dissociation courses. She is a fellow of the ISSTD and has received other ISSTD awards. She is the co-founder (with John O’Neil) and chair of the Montreal Study Group on Trauma and Dissociation (MSGTD), which has been meeting monthly for more 26 years.


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Joan A. Turkus

Psychiatrist, Clinical Consultation and Traumatology
Joan A. Turkus, M.D., P. C.
McLean, Virginia

Joan A. Turkus, M.D. maintains a consulting and clinical practice in psychiatry and traumatology in McLean, Virginia. She is the Co-Founder of The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, D.C. where she served as Medical Director for many years. Dr. Turkus has years of experience in the trauma field and maintains a national profile with teaching and consultation. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in pharmacy and graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine with honors. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, of which she is the Past President. She has been awarded both the Cornelia Wilbur Award for clinical contributions and a Distinguished Achievement Award by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Psychiatry and the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry. She is trained in psychiatry, traumatology, clinical hypnosis and EMDR. She maintains a keen interest in neurobiology and psychopharmacology, particularly in their application to the complexity of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She has testified as an expert witness in both the civil and criminal arenas and has been teaching risk management for the past decade. She has written several chapters on the treatment of posttraumatic conditions in addition to a number of articles.


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