A Brain-Based Approach for Complex Traumatic Stress

Featuring Bonnie Martin, LPC

OCTOBER 15-16, 2015

9a-4p both days




CEU's (11 hours)  Available for LPC, LMFT, LCSW and Licensed Childcare Workers

*Space is limited

JSL has personally benefited from Bonnie Martin’s SERVE Model training. This two-day intensive training affirmed many things we intuitively practiced and also convicted us of our weaknesses as a service provider to commercial sex exploits dealing with complex trauma. Everyone from parents to caseworkers, NGO’s to law enforcement, ministers to school teachers - ANYONE desiring to understand the brain or those dealing with traumatized populations will benefit from this training!
— Emily Mills, Founder


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Includes training attendance only. DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY MEALS. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging, food and any other outside expenses. NO REFUNDS will be issued.

To register using a check, send your payment to Bartimaeus Ministries PO Box 523 Waco, TX 76703. Write "Serve Model" in the memo line. Please also include a note with your name, address, phone number and email address. Once processed we will email a registration confirmation.

Meet bonnie

As a practicing psychotherapist, Bonnie Martin has worked with hundreds of survivors of human trafficking. Her specialty is complex trauma and the neuropsychological impact of violence and exploitation. She is technical expert in trauma informed care, organizational capacity building, and psychosocial program development and has worked domestically and internationally for 15 years to reduce the effects of trauma on rule of law, interpersonal relationships, and education in stress-affected societies and marginalized populations. 

Bonnie provides systemic training for corporations, government agencies, professionals, paraprofessionals, and grassroots organizations. She also provides consultation and quality assurance measurements for stakeholders and funders. Her fieldwork includes the countries of Mexico, India, South Africa, Swaziland, Serbia, Russia, Bolivia, Colombia, Thailand, Haiti, Nepal, and the United States.

Bonnie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Therapist Supervisor in the states of Maryland and Virginia. She has a BA degree in English from the University of Maryland, a M.Ed. degree in School Counseling from Wilmington University, and a post-graduate Certificate of Advanced Counseling Studies (CACS) from Regent University.

A Brain-Based Approach for Complex Traumatic Stress

Recent advances in neuroscience have increased our knowledge of how stress impacts the body. Brain-based therapy envisions the therapeutic process as a method to change the brain in order to change mood and behavior, using evidence of brain function and activity and moving beyond the theoretical school paradigm. Using a synthesized model of neuroscience, attachment theory, and evidence-based treatment, you will learn how to more effectively treat complex traumatic situations. This training will examine the importance of a brain-based approach in enhancing the outcomes when working with clients who present with symptoms of complex traumatic stress. The role that brain function plays in mood, memory, and behavior will be identified. Special consideration will be give to brain development in childhood and adolescence, as well as how early coping mechanisms become maladaptive in adulthood. We will also explore how certain aspects of traditional theoretical approaches may be counter-therapeutic in the treatment of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). Practical treatment implications and tools will be learned for immediate use in therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify critical areas of the brain impacted by stress (Stem, Limbic, Cortex, Amygdala) and how the brain signals the body (Autonomic Nervous System, Sympathetic, Parasympathetic). 
  • Identify the role of the hippocampus and implications for learning and emotional stability. 
  • Identify the key components of the brain-based approach in treating depression, anxiety, addiction, and somatic symptoms. 
  • Describe the role of early attachment (Oxytocin) in the development of affect regulation and mood disorders and how violence, traumatic stress, abuse, and neglect impact personality development (shame identity), and spirituality.
  • Explain why the future of treatment necessitates a dynamic understanding of the brain when providing holistic treatment for clients with history of complex stress. 
  • Describe the relationship between complex stress and substance abuse and implications for treatment.
  • Differentiate between implicit and explicit memory and how the concept of time is altered in CPTSD. 
  • Describe how grounding, mindfulness, and alternating bilateral stimulation can be used in effectively treating complex stress. 
  • Identify the components of the SERVE model, BASE, and SEEDS. 

Course will cover: 

  • Psychotherapy Research (CPTSD, DID, Evidence-Based Practices)
  • Neuroscience (social brain networks, neuroplasticity, orienting response) 
  • Nurtured Nature (Development and Child Psychology, Adolescent Brain)
  • Memory (how knowing about the memory systems is critical for treatment)
  • Stress, Trauma, and Change (how stress affects the brain and body)
  • Substance Abuse, Socialization, and Trauma Bonding
  • Motivational Approach, Spiral Model of Healing, the Meta-model 
  • BASE (Brian, Attachment, Systems, Evidenced based treatments) and SEEDS (Social medicine, education, exercise, diet, sleep)
  • The SERVE model: a bio-psychosocial-spiritual treatment approach through Symptom normalization, Education of the brain’s stress response, Regulation of autonomic nervous system and thought processes, Validation of anger and grief, Empowerment of a fully integrated self.


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