A unique approach to explaining how trauma impacts personality development


  • Course Description

    In this presentation, listeners will learn about the impact of trauma of brain circuitry and personality development, and how trauma can create coping strategies that may appear maladaptive but are actually rooted in survival. Listeners will learn interventions for how to effectively work with individuals who have a history of complex trauma. This presentation also includes the discussion of a specific case study which illuminates the possible impact of trauma on an individual and the family system.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Explain how the brain responds to attachment trauma; Describe two or more interpretations of 'client resistance'; Describe the development of personality traits and behaviors as they relate to basic survival strategies

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory and Intermediate

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

    If you have special needs or need an accommodation, please email us at info@clearlyclinical.com and we will do our best to assist you.


Shari Simmons, LCSW

Trauma Expert

For 30 years, Shari has been a therapist and has managed several mental health treatment centers and psychiatric facilities. She is currently a consultant and the Executive Director of Fire Mountain Residential Treatment Center. She has spent the last 10 years consulting and training therapists, counselors, and executives about how to implement evidence-based practices and trauma ingrained care.

She speaks to audiences across the country on her book, Which Way?, dispelling myths about trauma and mental illness. Her powerful message educates audiences and instills hope for those who want to understand themselves better. She has a podcast on the Mental Health News Radio Network, called Which Way? Podcast.

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