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Upcoming Workshop.

Colin Ross, MD
Friday, February 3, 2017                                                                                                              Dakota Lodge, West St. Paul, MN


A Treatment Approach for Eating Disorders and Addictions

 A one-day workshop with Dr. Colin Ross

Friday, February 3, 2017

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early.
Looking forward to seeing you in February.



Dr. Ross is an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, author and lecturer in the field of dissociation and trauma-related disorders. He is the founder and President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. 

Dr. Ross obtained his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his training in psychiatry at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a hospital-based Trauma Program in Dallas, Texas since 1991.

Dr. Ross' book, The Trauma Model: A Solution To the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry, was first published in 2000, with a second edition appearing in 2007. Other recent books of his include Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity (2009), The C.I.A. Doctors: Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists (2006) and Moon Shadows: Stories of Trauma & Recovery (2007).

In addition, Dr. Ross has authored over 170 professional papers, has reviewed for numerous professional journals and grant agencies and is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He has appeared in a number of television documentaries and has published essays, aphorisms, poetry, short stories and screen plays.


A Treatment Approach for Eating Disorders and Addictions

February 3, 2017


           In this workshop, Dr. Ross will explain the principles and techniques of his Trauma Model Therapy (TMT). TMT was developed for treatment of people with complex PTSD and dissociative disorders, including their extensive comorbidity. This often includes depression, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, panic disorder, OCD, eating disorders and somatoform disorders. TMT can be adapted for people with less severe trauma and less complex mental health problems and is suitable for all practice settings. It is based on Dr. Ross’ Trauma Model, which is a comprehensive, scientifically testable theory of the relationship between psychological trauma and a wide range of different disorders, addictions and self-defeating behaviors.

            Dr. Ross will explain the principles of TMT including: the problem of attachment to the perpetrator; the locus of control shift; the problem is not the problem; just say ‘no’ to drugs; addiction is the opposite of desensitization; and the victim-rescuer-perpetrator triangle. The two core features of the therapy are a focus on conflicted, ambivalent attachment and the self-blame and self-hatred arising from the locus of control shift. These two aspects of the model are based on the biology of mammalian attachment and developmental psychology. The techniques of TMT will be illustrated through case examples. The therapy involves a blend of cognitive, systems, behavioral, experiential and psychodynamic techniques within a unified theory.

            Dr. Ross will discuss the role of genes and environment in eating disorders and will review research data proving that genes are a minor contributor to eating disorders. His treatment case examples will focus on eating disorders and addiction within a trauma framework.

Educational Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the core principles of Trauma Model Therapy.

  • Describe the problem of attachment to the perpetrator and the locus of control shift in detail.

  • Apply the Trauma Model Therapy to eating disorders and addictions.

  • Utilize specific treatment strategies as demonstrated through case examples.

  • Understand the relationship between trauma and co-occurring disorders


A copy of Dr. Ross' book - Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity will be included in the cost of registration for all attendees. 


Friday, February 3, 2017

8:00-8:30 AM Registration 
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop

Two 30 min. breaks.

1.5 hour lunch on your own.

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments provided throughout the day.



The course is suitable for all counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, health and social care professionals practicing in health, education and social care settings and in private practice, and who have a core professional training. It is suitable for therapists working in all modalities. 


Early Bird Pricing


Regular Registration (For Licensed Professionals):  $100

Degree Conferred/Unlicensed (For Professionals with a degree, but not yet licensed):  $75

Student/Military Registration:  $50



Continuing Education Credits will be provided for those who attend the entire day, with approval from:

MN Board of Psychology (LP)

MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)  

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LADC & LPCC)

MN Trauma Project is an approved continuing education provider through the MN Board of Social Work (LICSW)    


Workshop Venue:  Dakota Lodge


Address:  1200 Stassen Ln, St Paul, MN 55118


Parking:  Free Lot


ADA Considerations:  Handicap Parking available

Single Level Facility


Please contact MN Trauma Project at for any specific accomodation requests

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