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Online Learning

Steps Toward Healing Traumatic Attachment & Borderline Personality Disorder

Credit Available - See CEUs tab below.

Attachment |  Personality Disorders |  Trauma
Janina Fisher, Ph.D.
1 Hour 35 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Jan 01, 2017
Media Type:
Online Learning


Witness and learn from master clinician and trauma expert Janina Fisher, PhD., in this series of compelling, real-life therapy sessions that demonstrate key moments in treating trauma and associated disorders with challenging clients. Each session includes an introductory teaching moment from Dr. Fisher, and is interspersed with commentary – giving you the best opportunity to truly learn proven therapeutic trauma techniques and improve treatment outcomes.

“KW,” a 22-year-old mother of two, diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, wants to work on stabilizing a volatile relationship to the father of her children and learn to manage her rage and impulsivity. Adopted at 18 months after being removed from her abusive parents’ care, she has always exhibited classic signs of traumatic attachment: separation anxiety, fear of abandonment, rejection sensitivity, fight and flight responses to disappointment or betrayal-and equal difficulty tolerating distance and closeness. In this session, healthy attachment to her children is used as a resource to help her gain insight, develop control over impulsive behavior, and facilitate internal compassion and self-soothing.


General Credits

This course is available for 1.5 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.

Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 1.25 continuing education credits. 


Janina Fisher, Ph.D.'s Profile

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice; Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; and EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Credit Provider; former president of the New England Society for the Treatment of of Trauma and Dissociation; and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School. An international writer and lecturer on the treatment of trauma, she is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma, and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation and Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities. For more information, go to


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Janina Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Target Audience

Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists Addiction Counselors, Psychotherapists, Case Managers Other Medical Professionals, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses


  • Utilize right and left brain communication to improve the effectiveness of attachment treatment.
  • Describe the Structural Dissociation mode as it relates to trauma.


  1. Introduction of Client
  2. Psychological Trauma Flip Chart
    1. The Split Brain
  3. Client Background
  4. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
    1. Domestic Violence in Pregnancy
  5. Attachment
  6. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
    1. Domestic Violence and Attachment
  7. Anger in Relationships
  8. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
    1. Structure Dissociation Model
  9. Childhood Attachment
  10. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
    1. Earned Secure Attachment
  11. Internal Attachment
  12. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
    1. Internal Attachment

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