Assessment of Trauma and Dissociative Spectrum Disorders

Presented by Parker Collins Training Institute

August 20th and 21st, 2021

Limited Onsite and Zoom Meeting Seats Available

First day - 9 AM to 5 PM | Second day - 9 AM to Noon


Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy | 6 CEUs | LPC, LPCC

Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy | 6 CEUs | LMFT

Minnesota Board of Psychology | One Day 6.5 CEUs, Two Days 9.5 CEUs | LP

Course Summary:  Join us to learn advanced methods for assessing and diagnosing the range of responses resulting from surviving complex trauma. With this course you will develop a competency in the safe and accurate assessment of posttraumatic stress and dissociative spectrum disorders. This course is designed for all licensures, with the second day covering topics for psychologists.

Day One Training Objectives:

First Day Objectives

  • Learn how to provide safe, empowering, and effective evaluation utilizing basics of the therapeutic assessment model.
  • Develop an understanding of trauma spectrum disorders, etiology, prevalence rates, symptoms, risk factors, and current research, focused on developing skills of differential diagnosis of disorders with underlying complex trauma etiology.
  • Gain basic knowledge of appropriate use and ethical considerations of administering psychological assessments to individuals with trauma histories.
  • Obtain in-depth, hands on training and practice in the administration and interpretation with the Trauma Symptom Inventory, 2nd Edition (TSI-2) and Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID).

Second Day Objectives Summary:

Second Day Training Objectives

  • Psychologists will learn how to develop research-based, flexible test batteries for the assessment of individuals experiencing complex trauma related spectrum disorders.

  • Gain knowledge and practice with integrating new research on administering and complex trauma when interpreting the MMPI-2 with individuals who have histories of traumatic events.

  • Gain an understanding of recommendations adaptations and interpretation considerations for using interpreting other common psychological test instruments when assessing individuals with experiencing the effects of having experienced traumatic events.

  • Gain understanding of older controversies and research that shows differences between presentation patterns in those malingering and those with actual dissociative disorders. Learn about the benefits of  clinically and with performance validity tests.

  • Obtain an understanding of the best practices surrounding trauma informed  assessment. trauma and dissociation assessment.

  • Gain hands on practice with in-depth case conceptualization.

Meet the Trainers!

  • Dr. Meghan Clifford, Psy.D., LP (she/her) is nearing the end of her 2-year APPCN accredited postdoctoral fellowship specializing in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Clifford earned her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and completed her clinical internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She has specialized training in assessing neuropsychological sequelae (after-effects) arising in the context of post-traumatic stress responses, including dissociative experiences. She has worked with internationally and domestically adopted children, as well as those in foster care, residential settings, and with individuals who are incarcerated. Dr. Clifford also has specialized training in working with individuals who have complex medical histories such as, genetic disorders, lysosomal storage diseases, childhood cancers, and more. Dr. Clifford is trained in multiple therapeutic modalities including the AIR Network Model, DBT, TF-CBT, as well as other cognitive behavioral therapies for the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Hill, Psy.D., LP has been training and practicing psychological evaluations and treatment of clients presenting with complex trauma histories for over 10 years. He earned his degree at Minnesota School of Psychology in 2010 with an emphasis on child psychology and conducted his internship at African American Family Services, a MI/CD and multicultural focused agency, treating hundreds of clients with trauma, depression, and chemical disorders. He has training and over ten years of experience with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He is a certified consultant the Adaptive Internal Relation (AIR) Network model for complex trauma and dissociative disorders and has six years of experience with treating clients with dissociative disorders. He is a practicum supervisor and runs the Parker Collins Family Mental Health predoctoral practicum program, which focuses on psychological assessment training for complex trauma and dissociative disorders. He is a co-owner and active clinician at Parker Collins, which is a mental health clinic that specializes in the assessment and treatment of complex trauma related disorders.
  • Dr. Matt Kingsbury, Psy.D. LP has been practicing in the field of psychology for the past 7 years. He earned his PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC and completed his internship at Headway Emotional Health Services. He has training in the Adaptive Internal Relation (AIR) Network model, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), DC:0-5 assessments and therapy, and evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Dr. Matt has worked at Parker Collins Family Mental Health for the past year as a post-doctoral fellow and recently became licensed. He enjoys working primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of presentations, including ASD, ADHD, and dissociative and trauma-related disorders.


Cost for this course is $250 for one day and $400 for both days, payable to Parker Collins.
Direct questions (651) 604-7771