Complex PTSD--Accurate Diagnosing and Effective Treatments

In this lived experience presentation, Roger will talk about the struggles and successes to finally getting an accurate diagnosis of PTSD, really Complex PTSD. He will talk about PTSD/CPTSD screeners. Then Roger explains how getting an accurate diagnosis was complicated by: “no contact physical abuse;” no physical sexual abuse; emotional dissociation; abusive family training to “present well” in public; extroversion; no self-medicating; no addictions; hypo-arousal; and not knowing anything different in life. Roger will then talk about treatments that have worked for him including: talk therapy; validation; mindfulness: thoughts and body sensations; REBT; CBT; DBT/RO-DBT; Exposure Therapy; skill training and more. In addition, Roger will provide resources of the self-help options that were useful to him and are recommended as resources for your clients, this includes: books; videos, TV shows; online and in person peer support groups and more.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn how to better understand screening a client who experienced ongoing traumas.
  2. Participants will learn what to look for in a client who survived abuse using hypo-arousal and emotional dissociation behaviors.
  3. Participants will explore and learn how to utilize the multi-faceted approach needed for treating Complex PTSD.
  4. Participants will get a glimpse into the social and psycho-education needed with a client who has never known a different life.

Roger Reynolds

Speaker Information

After 25 years in and out of therapy, Roger was finally accurately diagnosed with PTSD/Complex PTSD in 2014, at 45. An accurate diagnosis changed his treatment plan and self-help work, which is improving his life.

When writing or speaking, Roger works to incorporate science and personal stories to deliver a down to earth, easy to understand presentation. Roger has been a public speaker and educator for more than 20 years. Since 2019, he has been speaking about mental health struggles, skills, treatments and his life story. Behind his family’s public façade of a peaceful dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin, was domestic violence, alcoholism, denied parental mental illness, stalking, death threats and more.

Hoping to increase understanding of CPTSD from a survivor’s perspective, Roger’s highest goal is increase CPTSD awareness and understanding so diagnosing is earlier and treatments more on point, leading to less suffering and more comfort in survivors’ lives.