Working With Adult Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors

This course is based on the Complex Trauma Certification Training by Janina Fisher (specific training to treat Trauma, Complex Trauma, and Dissociative Disorders).
Sexual abuse survivors

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Once you have purchased the workshop, you will receive an email with confirmation of the purchase. You can then log into your account and gain access to the PDF PowerPoint presentation, the workshop evaluation sheet, and the CEU test. Thank you ahead of time for your interest in this workshop!

Note: You will only have access to this workshop and the exam for 5 days. Please keep that in mind when you are purchasing it, in order to allocate enough time to watch all 5 hours of it.

Working With Adult Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors:

A Structural Dissociation Perspective (“parts work”)

Presented by Cristina Mardirossian, LMFT


The cost is $195 including CEUs. You have 5 days to watch the video and finish the exam. 

Descriptive Narrative:

This course is based on the Complex Trauma Certification Training by Janina Fisher (specific training to treat Trauma, Complex Trauma, and Dissociative Disorders). This is a modality that includes Sensorimotor, Internal Family Systems (parts-work), and mindfulness strategies that help clients connect to their minds, bodies, emotions, and their traumatic events without feeling overwhelmed and avoidant.

Parts work makes space for the conflicts between parts of the self. For instance, within therapy, there are times when your clients might be attempting to work through a challenging or traumatic memory. Although they feel ready to heal, there might be a part of them that interferes with the process in an effort to protect them from vulnerable feelings that threaten their sense of self.

Parts work can also look at the “inner child” part(s) that still carry pain that is stuck in time. Parts work is very effective in making clients feel seen, heard, and attuned to. If you have had clients who have been in therapy for many years without much success, this may be a modality to consider. 

Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to recognize signs of sexual abuse and how to treat it from a structural dissociation perspective.

​Course meets the qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. A CEU completion certificate will be awarded after participants complete the course evaluation and CEU test.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the 3 levels of dissociation
  2. Identify at least 3 symptoms of sexual abuse survivors
  3. Describe 3 ways in which “parts work” could be applied
  4. Help clients process their traumas through “parts work”


  • Overview of the theory of structural dissociation
    • Primary dissociation
    • Secondary dissociation
    • Tertiary dissociation
    • Emotional parts
    • Apparently Normal parts
  • Addressing How the Forms of Dissociation Show Up In Trauma Survivors
    • In Fight Parts​
    • In Flight Parts
    • In Freeze Parts
    • In Submit Parts
    • In Attach Parts
  • Defining Sexual Abuse
    • Symptoms of Childhood Sexual Abuse from a parts perspective​
  • Bringing In Parts Language Into Therapy
    • Encouraging curiosity of parts
    • Therapist modeling parts language
    • Blending vs. Unblending with parts
    • Symptoms are viewed as a form of a “memory”
  • Parts Work For Sexual Abuse Survivors
    • Addressing the phobia of parts that carry the sexual abuse​
    • Addressing Flashbacks
    • Addressing Shame parts
    • Addressing Fear parts
    • Addressing parts that carry “the secret” of the sexual abuse
    • Addressing the Body
  • Working with Sexual Abuse Memories
    • Use of Resources​
    • Importance of Dual Awareness
    • Focus is on the present moment, supporting the younger parts/ Reparenting\
  • Addressing Sex
    • Addressing triggers during sex
    • Reclaiming Sexuality
  • Addressing what Recovery looks like

Intended Audience:

Counselors • Social Workers • Psychologists • Case Managers • Addiction Counselors Therapists • Marriage & Family Therapists • Other Mental Health Professionals 

What is included:

  • Access to a 5-hour workshop online.
  • A PDF file of the presentation slides will be emailed.
  • The CEU test and course evaluation will be emailed.
  • This program has the advantage of allowing you to proceed at your own pace, in your own time and space.

Grievances: if there are any questions or complaints (i.e. course content, facilities, certificates, miscellaneous occurrences), please contact me directly. There are NO refunds for this workshop. 

Pasadena Trauma Therapy, Inc. is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. Pasadena Trauma Therapy, Inc. maintains responsibility for any program/course and its content. Provider Number 86858.

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