The newsletter of the
International Association of Trauma Professionals, IATP, LLC

Mike Dubi, Editor
Chelsea Powell, Associate Editor
September 2014
In This Issue
The Most Recently Certified Professionals
Gambling Addiction as a Trauma Issue
Treating Trauma Along the Border
Diagnosing Trauma-related Disorders with the DSM-5
My Journey into Inner and Physical Healing

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The Most Recently Certified Professionals 


Maria Arvelo

Margie Ashcraft

Katherine Bachrach

Trish Barton

Kristin M. Bell

Debra Belshee-Storlie

Susan Berger

Matthew Berry

John Boeckman

Terry Bradbury

Ryan J. Breen

Jennifer Brey

Russell Byers

John M Cade

Leslie Caldwell, Psy.D.

Nicole Castiglioni

Kathleen S. Cherven

Casey Comstock

Amy L. Conneely

Jamie Cops

Suzanne Cox

Joseph M. Crescenz

Karen Cuttill

Maureen Dadekian

Kelly DeMenezes

Annalicia DiLollo

Arlene Dulski

Michelle Dunn

Renee B. Dupuis

Janice A. Eames

Cindy D. Eis

Mariana Fernandez-Soto

Christine Formiac

Heidi Friedman

Robert Fromm

Terry Garcia

Leatrice C. Goldberg

Karen Gouws Lester

Brian Greineder

Nora L. Guerrero

Angela E. Guiliano

Thomas Gussie

Colby Hammer

Joel Haynes

Corinne Heiliger

Ian Hoffman

Ana M. Johnsen

Laurie Karzen

Jacqueline Klippenes

Charles Kluesner

Anna Kotelnikova

Gretchen Krebs

Rosalind Laraway

Grant Lee

April D. Lehman

Eugenie Lewis

Domenick A. Lombardo

Sayaka Maas

Teresa Mack

Kristin Martin

Amy Matthews

Crystal McCormick

Roxane McCormick

Patti Amelia McCurdy

Ann Meadowbrook

Angela Miller

Michele J. Nadel

Ronald Narain

Christine Nedd

Hal Nevitt

Isabel Ng

Rhonda Otway

Alyssa B. Palty

Teisha Parchment

Elizabeth Paschal

Jay Paul

Asya R. Perkins, M.A.

Mary Lynn Perrault

Erica Place

Amon Porter

John David Prewitt

Vicki Rahenkamp

JoeEllen Revell

Betti Ridge

Zahira Rogers

Paul Saucedo

Monique Shapiro

Aleea Shaw

Nicola Simmersbach

Kimberly Simon

Christy A. Skimming

Eric Shae Smith-Spearman

Mailyn Sola-Castellanos

Amy Sorrento

Rachelle Spindler

Nolan Steffen

Deborah R. Stevenson

Cinda Tejeras

Kelly Thompson

Celeste Tracy

Zaccario Tramontana

Vanessa Vanterpool

Laurie Warnke

Sarah Webb

Dannyale Weems

Jennifer Wiejaczka

Mark Wolfe

Amy Yillik

Theresa Zephirin



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Gambling Addiction as a Trauma Issue

Damon Dye


   Although gambling addiction affects two mill-ion Americans a year, it remains unrecognized and traumatizing to not only the problem gambler but also those directly in contact. Three to seven percent of our population can be clas-sified as problem gamblers, and one to three percent meet the criteria of gambling addiction.

    This lack of awareness makes it difficult enough to identify the problem gambler and connect them to treatment, much less address the impact on their loved ones. Spouses, in particular, experience traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and the extreme stress of maintaining family stability. 

   The effects of problem gambling on family members are immense. Spouses and families are often innocent victims pulled into the emotional turmoil that problem gambling presents. Seemingly out of nowhere, spouses and families are stunned by lies, deceit, overwhelming debt, abandonment, and guilt. Spouses present sympt-oms that are traumatic in nature and can prevent both them and the problem gambler from recovering. These symptoms create hyperarousal and need immediate attention for recovery, but are largely not recognized or treated. 


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Treating Trauma Along the Border

Marisa Pineda  


     Treating clients with trauma may seem simple, but it is not always an easy process.  Look at patients with symptoms of PTSD and we usually find avoidance, dissociation, intrusive and painful recollections. Whether our clients have PTSD or are a family member or friend of someone who suffers from PTSD, the results are the same-pain, confusion, and frustration. 

     As therapists, we inevitably service clients with some sort of trauma at some point in our careers. Clients describe living with traumatic stress as painful, gut wrenching, and scary.  Their trauma history is something most people would like to simply forget.  Intrusive memories intrude on their daily life activities, and for some inhibit the most basic of functions.  It is not unusual to find clients who suffer from traumatic stress reacting in ways that may appear strange and unusual to those ignorant to their problems. Breaking out of these patterns or recognizing triggers to incorporate coping strategies is a difficult task for anyone with traumatic stress, but even more so for those with complex trauma and or traumatic grief.

     Most of my clients come to me with some sort of loss as a result of past trauma.  But lately, the vast majority of clients seem to come in for complicated grief and complex trauma.  They present with more than just 'normal' bereavement.  We may provide them with psycho-education on death and dying, explain the grief cycle and provide treatment interventions to help them heal. But what of the client who comes to you not knowing whether or not their loved one is alive or dead?  Your client may not know if they will see their loved one tomorrow or a year from now. And this is a real possibility.  I'm talking about kidnapping.


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Diagnosing Trauma-related Disorders with the DSM-5

Patrick Powell 


  Clinicians who provide trauma-focused treatments may be interested to know that there are some significant changes in the recently published 5th edition of the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psych-iatric Association, 2013). The changes range from category, to symptoms, to age differentiation. Some of the changes have been welcomed by therapists, others have not. In this article, I will describe the differences in trauma-related diagnoses between the two most recent editions of the manual. Also, I will note the benefits and potential ramifications.

      At the broadest level of change, a new category of Trauma and Related Stressors has been developed in the 5th edition. In the 4th edition, trauma-related diagnoses were listed in sections not specifically noted as being trauma related. For example, post-traumatic stress disorder was previously listed in the anxiety section. Other trauma-related diagnoses were also listed in the anxiety section including acute stress disorder. As well, trauma-related diagnoses were included in categories unrelated to anxiety. For example, reactive attachment disorder, a diagnosis typically conceptualized as a reaction to harmful parenting was listed in the disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, and adolescence section. Adjustment disorders were included in their own section titled Adjustment Disorders.

       With the 5th edition, all of the trauma-related diagnoses have been culled from their former sections and placed in a section titled Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. As a whole, the grou-ping of these diagnoses makes sense as long as clinicians conceptualize these diagnoses as being the result of traumatic events. This causal relationship is notable for a very significant reason. The first and second editions of the DSM were based on Freud's theory of psychoanalysis. The disorders listed in those editions were considered reactions. The American Psychiatric Association made significant attempts to remove any causal nature from diagnoses in the third and fourth editions. Those manuals were stated to be atheoretical, meaning that there were no causes for diagnoses based upon theory. The newest edition of the manual seems to eschew this trend by providing a section of diagnoses listed as trauma related. At least in this section, the authors are returning to theorizing how diagnoses are developed.


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My Journey into Inner and Physical Healing

Kathryn A. Dunn 

   I knew I was in serious trouble when I could not get my right foot out from under the tire of the car that just rolled onto it!  I tried repeatedly to pull my foot out and within minutes the pain began radiating up my right foot and leg.  This injury happened in February 2005 and within 10 days I was diagnosed with a nerve pain disease called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) [Also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome].  Within four months of the injury, I was completely bedridden, the relentless burning pain had spread rapidly though my entire body, my organs began shutting down, and I was hospitalized for treatment.  I was not able to place my right foot on the ground for a year-and-a-half due to the pain.  My right foot and leg turned a greyish-purple color and my body had an extreme sensitivity to water, air, and sound.  Then, my body grew extremely cold throughout the day and changed to excessive heat at night.

     I cried daily during the first year because I had lost my job, my life, and my friends and family became too overwhelmed with my situation.  I began to rely heavily on my faith in Jesus Christ to get me through each day.  I made the decision that I would pray and laugh each day instead of crying.  After years of trying every treatment and medication there was available...nothing worked.


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