Trauma specialist Christine A. Courtois, PhD, presents a two-part professional workshop series on psychological trauma on August 16 and September 13 at The Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 6, 2013 - Christine A. Courtois, PhD, an internationally recognized trauma specialist and Promises Treatment Centers\u2019 National Clinical Trauma Consultant, presents a two-part professional workshop series on psychological trauma on August 16 and September 13, 2013 at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles. Part One of the series, titled \u201cPsychological Trauma: The Hidden Epidemic,\u201d will take place on August 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about the different types of psychological trauma and their short- and long-term impacts on trauma survivors. This session sets the stage for the second workshop, which focuses on Dr. Courtois\u2019 sequenced model of trauma treatment. Part Two of the series, titled \u201cWhat\u2019s Trauma Got to Do with It? An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care,\u201d will take place on September 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dr. Courtois will discuss several ways to identify a history of trauma and to treat it compassionately and comprehensively using her integrative and relational approach. \u201cPsychological trauma is frequently at the root of addictions and other mental health issues, yet its high occurrence and potential for serious consequences are often minimized and misunderstood,\u201d said Dr. Courtois. \u201cProfessionals attending these workshops will gain important insights into identifying and treating trauma, allowing them to more effectively address their clients\u2019 self-defeating behaviors as well as the underlying issues.\u201d The cost to attend each workshop is $25 and attendees may earn two continuing education credits per workshop. Seating is limited so register early. To register for this event, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at (866) 825-1104 or firstname.lastname@example.org. About Dr. Courtois Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP, is a leading authority in the treatment of trauma, having worked in this area for over 30 years. Dr. Courtois is a Board Certified Counseling Psychologist with a doctorate from the\u00a0University of Maryland. In addition to maintaining a private practice in Washington, DC, and training clinicians on trauma-informed care, Dr. Courtois is directing the development of guidelines for the treatment of complex trauma for three professional organizations and has been appointed to the American Psychological Association\u2019s Guideline Development Panel for post-traumatic stress disorder. She co-founded The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program in DC, a specialized inpatient and partial hospital program, where she was Clinical and Training Director for 16 years. Dr. Courtois has received international recognition for her work, including numerous awards from professional organizations. She has published her work in a number of scientific journals and written or co-edited eight books on healing from incest, child sexual abuse, complex traumatic stress disorders and other types of trauma and on spirituality and trauma. Dr. Courtois is active in a number of professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, where she is past-president of Division 56, Psychological Trauma. About Promises Treatment Centers Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in Southern California. Led by some of the nation\u2019s leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been a drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, visit www.promises.com or call (877) 351-7506. Promises Treatment Centers is part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes The Recovery Place, Spirit Lodge and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit www.promisesbehavioralhealth.com.