Complex Ethics for Complex Trauma:
Navigating Uncharted Waters

Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:30am - 4:30pm

Complex Ethics for Complex Trauma will address the intimate relationship between therapist and client. Included in this is how the therapist reacts to clients with complex trauma histories, how enactments, re-enactments, transference and countertransference, dissociative attunement and projective identification play out in the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. Participants will leave with the understanding that those professionals who have a high standard of connection to their theoretical model and also a high connection to their understanding of their own countertransference will fare the best when working with clients who have a complex trauma history. Participants will be taught specific techniques to address hot issues such as digital and social media, emailing and texting with clients, boundaries, therapeutic touch and dual/multiple relationships. We will look at how ethics may need to be modified for the practice location, agency vs private practice work, and rural vs urban issues. Providers have been shown to respond in a more reactive manner to trauma survivors than to other mental health populations, and research indicates that there is a necessity to hold firm but not rigid boundaries with this population. How do you know when to slide the boundary ruler? Attend this training to begin finding answers!

Vicarious Trauma:
Ditching Self Care and Owning Your Shit (Can I say that?)

Friday, June 2, 2017
8:30am - 4:30pm

This presentation will be a motivating and inspiring training on the topic of vicarious trauma. Unlike other trainings on the subject, the presenter aims to leave attendees feeling uplifted, engaged, and hopeful. Attendees will learn what vicarious trauma is, how to identify compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction in one's self, and how to both prevent and treat their own vicarious trauma.

Available IN-PERSON (UAA Campus, Anchorage)
& ONLINE (Adobe Connect)

Registration Options


One Day


Two Days


Continuing Education Credits


One Day, 7 APA CEs


Two Days, 14 APA CEs


Certificate of Attendance

No charge


(detailed directions will be emailed the day before the event)

University of Alaska Anchorage
Building and Room TBD
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

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Presenter Bio

Kimber Olson, LCSW, BCD, C-ACFYSW has 20 years of mental health experience including work in outpatient mental health centers, in school-based programs, providing on-call and crisis management services, home-based and hospital-based therapy, and long-term residential treatment. She is currently in private practice where she specializes in the treatment of complex trauma with both children and adults. Kimber is the Chair of the Alaska Regional Component Group of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and facilitates group consultation for therapists working with complex trauma and dissociation.  Kimber has taught in the social work department at the Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College, and has provided trainings nationally and internationally, teaching professionals in the areas of trauma, sexual abuse, attachment, dissociation, ethics, vicarious trauma and eating disorders among others.  She has had the distinct privilege of providing trainings throughout Alaska and in Indian Country, and to have worked intimately in a number of Alaskan villages. She authored the Pathway to Hope Video Guidebook (Department of Justice, 2007), for the Pathway to Hope: Healing Child Sexual Abuse video developed to help Native communities in Alaska understand and address the sexual abuse of children and to promote healing.  She is the co-author with Peggy Ellen Kleinleder of The Thursday Group: A Story and Information for Girls Healing from Sexual Abuse (Neari Press, 2009), and co-author with Diane Payne and Jared Parrish of Pathway to Hope: an Indigenous Approach to Healing Child Sexual Abuse (International Circumpolar Health Journal, 2013).

Additional Information

A continental breakfast will be provided for in-person attendees. Lunch will also be provided.


Two (2) student scholarships are available for current students in helping professions interested in working with sexual offenders. Please contact Maia Wen at for more information.


Contact Maia Wen at or 907-786-5479.

UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research & Services (CBHRS) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CBHRS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Presented by the Alaska Department of Corrections,
Sex Offenders Treatment Program, &
UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services

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