How to Treat
Complex Trauma

Learn the protocol for complex trauma treatment in an online
clinical course that is eligible for CE Credits*. Taught by award-
winning author and psychologist Dr. Daniel P. Brown.

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Who is this course for?

This course was created for psychologists, psychoanalysts, marriage counselors, family therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, pediatricians and social workers.

What will you learn?

How to diagnose and treat complex trauma using the markers of successful treatment-outcome. Complex trauma treatment is taught by Associate Clinical Professor Dr. Daniel P. Brown from Harvard Medical School.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate simple from complex trauma.
  • Discuss the core features of complex trauma in adults.
  • Identify accurately the difference between secure, dismissing, anxious/preoccupied, and disorganized attachment.
  • Describe the important contribution of attachment disorganization to adult complex trauma.
  • Recognize the trauma-related signs and the symptoms of complex posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Explain the “three pillars” necessary for the treatment of disorganized attachment.
  • Identify the main components of the treatment of disorganized attachment.
  • Describe the concept of recovery stages.
  • Identify the three main stages of phase oriented trauma treatment.
  • Describe how attachment disorganization, sadistic abuse, and factitious behavior complicate phase oriented trauma treatment.
  • Give examples of how to remedy attachment disorganization, sadistic abuse, and factitious behavior.
  • Identify the markers of successful treatment-outcome.
  • Identify strategies for personal and professional support to manage vicarious traumatization.        

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Daniel P. Brown, PhD

Learn with a top transformational teacher.

Through his work at Harvard Medical School and global retreats, Dr. Brown has taught over 10,000 students with a focus on psychology and meditation.

Winner of the 1999 Guttmacher Award: from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry & Law.

Harvard Medical School: Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and has served on the faculty for over 38 years.

Author of 22 Books: including Attachment Disturbances in Adults, which was the recipient of the 2018 ISST-D Pierre Janet Writing Award.

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Specialize in treating complex trauma

We train mental health professionals to work effectively with patients, to help them heal from complex trauma and change behavioral patterns that are passed onto the next generation.

  • Award-Winning Treatment System with expert lectures and experiential exercises for clinicians and their clients.
  • A groundbreaking approach to treating attachment disorders including Q&A with a psychology expert that dives deeper into common questions about the practice.
  • Earn CE* Credits and receive your certificate immediately after the post-test.
  • Access BONUS MATERIAL* that includes comprehensive reference material plus a complete workbook with transcripts and slides.

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What expert Mental Health Professionals are saying about our book’s treatment

Diana Fosha, PhD

Author of “The Transforming Power of Affect” and Director of the AEDP Institute

Richly comprehensive, precise, and wise, it is honed by real clinical experience, with step-by-step treatment protocols tailored to each attachment classification. This book should be required reading for all graduate students in clinical programs, be they clinical psychology, psychiatry, counseling, or social work.

Onno van der Hart, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization, Utrecht University

…An unequalled account of how far the attachment field has evolved since Bowlby’s groundbreaking studies of attachment bonds. It presents an outstanding, encyclopedic, and integrative overview of theoretical understanding, assessment, and treatment. All this leads to a highly inspirational and effective treatment model, consisting of three “pillars”.

Kathy Steele, MN, CS

Clinical Director, Metropolitan Counseling Services. Author of “Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation”

Mental health professionals across disciplines will delight in the rich depth and breadth of this essential book, which seamlessly interweaves research, theory and treatment. Brown, Elliott and colleagues have written a tour de force that is surely destined to become an instant classic.

Dante Cicchetti, PhD

McKnight Presidential Chair, William Harris Professor of Child Development & Psychiatry

Rarely does a scholarly work contribute to the understanding of the processes underlying attachment and its dysfunction while simultaneously providing a clearly delineated prescription for treatment. Practitioners will profit from the detailed clinical vignettes and researchers will gain many ideas warranting empirical investigation.

Choose a course to expand your knowledge

Clinical: Attachment Treatment

Faculty: Daniel P. Brown, PhD

Course Includes:



  • 10 Hours of Lecture (8 CE Credits*)

  • Clinical Exercises

  • 1 Workbook (200 Pages)


$397 ($695)

Course Details

Clinical: Complex Trauma Treatment

Faculty: Daniel P. Brown, PhD

Course Includes:



  • Guided Video Lectures

  • Clinical Exercises

  • 1 Workbook


$397 ($695)

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Clinical: Grief Treatment

Faculty: Daniel P. Brown, PhD

Course Includes:



  • Guided Video Lectures

  • Clinical Exercises

  • 1 Workbook


$397 ($695)

Course Details

Your questions answered

When will this online course start?

This course will in summer/fall 2020. When you register, we will email you with the exact date, once it has been determined.

How many CE Credits will I earn?

Along with the course start date, we will email you further details about the CE Credits in a follow-up email.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at psychologists, psychoanalysts, marriage counselors and family therapists, occupational therapists, teachers/educators, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, pediatricians and social workers. The course is suitable across Beginning Level, Intermediate Level, and Advanced Level. All levels will be taught an understanding of how to start identifying and treating complex trauma. 

Will I need follow up supervision or a master class to dive deeper?

In order to master the skills needed to shift the paradigm of attachment disturbances towards healthy models that dramatically improve the quality of relationships, family environments and their overall mental state of your patients, you may require follow-up supervision with a trained expert and/or a masterclass with a case example.

Are the course sessions live or pre-recorded?

The course videos are pre-recorded and there is a full reference inventory for your reference.

How do I purchase Dr. Brown’s book Attachment Disturbances in Adults?

You can purchase Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair through Amazon.

To whom can I send feedback or suggestions?

We are always happy to receive suggestions that could help us improve the user experience in the future. Contact us. Please be aware that we cannot respond individually to every message, though we do read the content.

Can I download the course to a computer or mobile device?

Once you have signed up for the course, you can download the complete transcript and course workbook on the “Welcome” page of our online learning portal.

How do I access the course after purchasing it?

You will receive an email with all the relevant login information to sign into our online learning portal.

What is your refund policy?

We unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with all courses offered by The Attachment Project for up to 7 days. If one of our products fails to meet your expectation for any reason, simply contact us.

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