CME Course Catalog

Integrative Treatment for Trauma and Complex PTSD

Credits: AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (1 hour)
Price: $47

Course Description

1 in 6 adults have four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences “ACEs.” Even more startling, the CDC’s website states, “preventing ACEs could reduce the number of people with depression by as much as 44%. ACEs do not predetermine an individual’s wellbeing; however, ACE scores are associated with a number of bad outcomes and not just psychiatric.

With the high prevalence  of ACEs, it makes sense that so many people suffer from trauma. One of the most prevalent questions in psychiatry today is: “To what degree is trauma a root cause of mental illness?” In order to answer this question, this course examines the latest neuroscience of trauma, with an introduction to polyvagal theory. This course explains how to recognize subtle signs of trauma and the  neurophysiology of PTSD, Complex PTSD, and dissociation.

Youll get an overview of cutting edge  therapies to treat trauma such as IFS, EMDR, somatic therapies, dialectic behavioral therapy, and other mind-body therapies so you can feel confident when referring patients for treatment. You’ll also learn some basic strategies to help patients down -regulate their nervous system from the latest insights in the medical literature.  

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between subtle signs and symptoms of trauma from other mental disorders
  • Understand polyvagal theory and relevance to clinical applications
  • Implement specific techniques related to dorsal vagal freeze responses

CME/CE Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Integrative Psychiatric Institute. The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


In order to obtain your CME credit for this course, you will need to take and pass the CME quiz and complete a CME evaluation after watching the video. The quiz will be linked under the video. The Evaluation will follow automatically. If the quiz is passed, you will be prompted to download your CME certificate immediately after.

Purchase Single Course


Arielle Schwartz, PhD

Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR Therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University. She is the author of two books The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Emotional Control and Becoming Whole (Althea Press, 2016) and EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (W. W. Norton, 2018). She is international sought out teacher offering trainings on topics of EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, and Complex PTSD. She is dedicated to offering informational mental health and wellness updates through her writing, public speaking, social media presence, and blog.