Welcome to Maggie Phillips’
2018 Online Training Program

Helping Complex Clients Master and Apply Their Healing Potentials

Research reports a significant increase in the proportion of multiple and complex special needs among clients who seek therapy. This may be due to many factors, including global increase in widespread stress due to unprecedented natural disasters, terrorism, and financial crises, difficulty in diagnosing complex trauma and medical conditions, diminishing resources for complex treatment efforts due to decreases in budgets, and the failure for individuals in need to qualify for affordable health care.

A related issue is that these circumstances can create heightened stress, frustration, anger, withdrawal, and fear, triggering complex clients to act out, and triggering similar reactions in professionals who try to help.

How can we come to the aid of these challenging clients? There is clear agreement that professionals need to practice self-care such as mindfulness to help diffuse reactions to clients’ provocative behaviors, practice patience with difficult clients as well as with themselves, seek peer support and professional consultation to keep perspective, and sometimes make the decision that a positive match between the therapist and a particular client is not possible.

Another important focus is to learn how to understand and diagnose client complexity presenting as complex PTSD, chronic pain syndromes, the interface of medical and psychological complexity, dissociative problems, atypical depression and anxiety, and complex attachment difficulties in such a way that leads to effective treatment. At the heart of such a challenge is the ability to recognize underlying stressors that are repetitive, prolonged, and/or cumulative, most often interpersonal, involving direct harm, maltreatment, and abuse and including neglect and abandonment, often occurring at developmentally vulnerable times of the individual’s life      .

This year’s online program provides help for practitioners in all of these important areas. What’s unique about our program is that we add one more essential ingredient, which is helping clients discover, explore, and master the utilization of their own healing abilities under these kinds of traumatic circumstances.

Components of the 2018 Best Practices Program

There are several components of our 2018 online program that will assist both you and your client in achieving this kind of mastery.

First, we have added an online consultation and support group.

This consultation and support group will begin Monday March 28, 2018 (8-10am PST), and continue for the rest of the year.  Requirements for membership in the group include licensure as a mental health professional (counselor, psychologist, LCSW, LMFT, psychiatrist, or equivalent) with at least ten years of experience in the mental health field. This group will “dive deep” into the work of meeting the challenges of complex clients with a specific focus on helping them to discover and master their own healing abilities.

Go here to learn more and submit an application.

Our second component is a series of three content areas: 3 in the spring, 2 in summer, and 3 in the fall.

Each content area contains several modules. The seasonal modules are: 1) Spring – How to work with clients whose complexity is due to unresolved developmental trauma, especially prenatal, perinatal, attachment trauma, early childhood trauma, and medical trauma; 2) Summer – How to work with clients who demonstrate complex fragmentation originating from complex trauma and dissociative disturbances; and 3) Fall – How to achieve forward momentum with clients who struggle with complex chronic pain and pain syndromes and complex emotional pain.

Our 2018 Schedule

Each month you will access webinars with the experts, including Dr. Bonnie Badenoch, Kathy Kain, Dr. Stanley Rosenberg, Dr. Janina Fisher, Kathy Steele, Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Raja Selvam, and Dr. Maggie Phillips (please meet these and other experts by visiting our Meet the Experts page). You will learn from each expert how to utilize the artistry of their unique methods as well as relevant science to substantiate their approaches.

Enrollment Now Open! 

Helping Complex Clients Master and Apply Their Own Healing Potentials


Online Consultation and Support Group

Starts Wednesday March 28th, 2018, 8-10am PST

*Requirements for membership in the group include licensure as a mental health professional with at least 10 years of experience in the mental health field.

If you are not sure that you meet these criteria or have questions about the format or requirements,
email Maggie at maggiephillipsphd1@icloud.com.

Webinar Series

What You Will Receive

Webinars • Video Replay & Audio Download • Written Transcripts of all Webinar and Video Trainings • Additional Learning Materials Related to Each Month’s Topics • Handouts • Articles • Video clips of Demonstrations and Brief Presentations • Continuing Education Credits • Upgrades to CD and DVDs that can be delivered to your door • Maggie’s Money Back Guarantee

Spring Modules

Spring Modules

2018 March, April and May

The Spring Modules will focus on how clinicians can teach complex clients to benefit from the innovative artistry of specific therapeutic methods. You will also learn different ways to teach clients to learn about the neuroscience of the polyvagal system and interpersonal neurobiology to develop effective mastery and application of their own healing potentials.

  • Module 1 (Monday, March 26th 2018) features expert Kathy Kain, who has practiced and taught bodywork skills for over 30 years. Her trainings focus on teaching somatic touch, self-regulation skills, resilience, and trauma recovery. She is also a senior trainer worldwide in Somatic Experiencing®. Kathy’s webinar is on Simple Strategies to Detect and Release Survival Responses to Enhance Resilience.
    Kathy’s trainings cover various interwoven focus areas, including trauma recovery, somatic touch, self-regulation skills, and resilience. These focus areas ultimately weave together into a unified somatic approach to touch, awareness, and relationship. Her educational approach encourages students to engage an ongoing practice that deepens their skills and expertise as they gradually embody the work and make it their own. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University and is currently finishing a book with Steve Terrell, developmental therapist.
  • Module 2 – April features Dr. Stanley Rosenberg, author of a new book, Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism (NOTE: Dr. Stephen Porges has written the foreword for this book!). Stanley has been a Rolfer since 1973, a craniosacral therapist since 1987, and has taught structural integration, myofascial release, and visceral massage, as well as biomechanical craniosacral therapy. Although not a psychotherapist, he has recently been working with psychotherapists to teach them how to use his material and exercises with clients.
    Stanley’s webinar, Return to Autonomic Balance, will discuss the 12 cranial nerves, which are all related to the 3 polyvagal circuits. He will demonstrate how simple techniques and self- exercises (which he will demonstrate) can help to restore the social engagement properties of the ventral vagal system. He explains how his long-term goal is to encourage the autonomic nervous system to return naturally from a state of stress (spinal sympathetic activation) or depression (activity in the dorsal vagal circuit) to a state of social engagement and a return to physical and emotional safety.
  • Module 3 – May, Dr. Bonnie Badenoch will present elements of her recent book, The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships (Note: Stephen Porges also wrote the foreword to this book). Her webinar is Using the Gift of Presence to Heal Complexity. Bonnie will show you how relational neuroscience can teach us how we are interwoven with each other in multiple, healing ways, and how we can use deep relational moments to promote healing and help clients discover and use their own healing potentials.
    Bonnie, Ph.D., LMFT, is the co-founder of Center for Brain-Wise Living, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness of the brain, mind, body, and relationships in the service of creating a more awake and compassionate world. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed volume, Being a Brain-Wise Therapist.

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Summer Modules 

2018 June and July

The Summer Modules will emphasize how to work with clients who demonstrate complex fragmentation originating from complex trauma and dissociative disturbances;

Summer Modules
  • Module 4 – June 
  • Module 5 – July 

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Fall Modules

Fall Modules

2018 September, October and November

The Fall Modules will examine how to achieve forward momentum with clients who struggle with complex chronic pain and pain syndromes and complex emotional pain.

  • Module 6 – September
  • Module 7 – October
  • Module 8 – November

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“I hope you will join me for my 2018 online program. I know you’ll enjoy learning from our amazing experts!”
Maggie Phillips