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Slaying the Dragon

PC & The Fairy Tale Model of Trauma Treatment

Slaying the Dragon: The Fairy Tale Model of Trauma Treatment

Advanced clinical skills for trauma-informed evaluation, treatment planning, and supervision/consultation. Introduction to progressive counting (PC).

6.5 CEs, 6 EMDRIA CEs

This workshop didn’t just define the problem, it gave ways to solve the problem.”

“I honestly believe your training was the best workshop I have ever experienced. I absolutely loved (and resonated with) your Fairy Tale Model… you helped pull so many things together in such a coherent (and inspiring) narrative.”

“Thank you for the concise, extremely accessible, and easily applied training that you provided… I was able to use it immediately with my clients.”

The Fairy Tale Model is a comprehensive phase model of trauma-informed treatment. This research-supported model serves as the foundation of our training programs, and is featured in Dr. Greenwald’s books: Child Trauma HandbookEMDR Within a Phase Model of Trauma-Informed TreatmentTreating Problem BehaviorsProgressive Counting, Slaying the Dragon, and the comic book, A Fairy Tale. The Fairy Tale Model represents an adaptation of proven-effective methods to real-world situations, and provides a systematic guide to every step of treatment.

This 1-day workshop offers advanced clinical skills for trauma-informed evaluation, treatment planning/contracting, clinical supervision/consultation, and more. This is a hands-on clinical skills training for working with clients who have been exposed to significant trauma or loss. Participants should be mental health professionals (or grad students/interns) who provide and/or supervise psychotherapy.  Full documentation can be found here and the day’s agenda can be found here.

The program will cover:

  • Introduction to trauma and post-traumatic stress.
  • Trauma’s contribution to reactivity and symptoms/problem behaviors.
  • Analyzing presenting symptoms/problem behaviors from a trauma perspective.
  • Overview of trauma treatment and phases of treatment.
  • Trauma-informed case formulation – explaining it to the client/family.
  • Enhancing motivation and commitment to treatment goals.
  • Treatment planning and contracting.
  • Trauma resolution (including a brief experience with PC)
  • Applying the model to challenging cases
  • Using the model for supervision and case consultation

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain to clients how past trauma or loss can lead to ongoing problem behaviors or symptoms.
  • Develop a systematic and comprehensive trauma-informed treatment plan.
  • Problem-solve their own (or their supervisees’) challenging cases using the trauma-informed treatment perspective.

Continuing education: Review the information regarding continuing education here. It is important to check with your state board to verify your requirements. Continuing education hours are not available for consultation time, reading requirements, or prerequisites.

The training program involves lecture, demonstration, and in-class practice. This is an experiential training, and part of the learning is to practice the interventions with other participants. Although participants are always in charge of what they disclose, some individuals have reported that their participation led to facing personal issues.

Instructors: Ricky Greenwald, Psy.D. | Rebecca Chapman, PsyD | Annie Monaco, LCSW-R | Cynthia Arnold, LPC

Time: All listed workshops are 9-5 Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise specified.

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Special Needs: Requests for special accommodations should be directed to our training coordinator at

All trainings listed on this website are open to the public. To schedule a closed training for your group or agency, contact the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute. Individuals may also organize trainings and receive a discount on tuition.

Cancellations Policy: Our training cancellations policy can be found here.

Grievance Policy: Our training grievance policy can be found here.

Questions: If you have any questions about this training, please contact our trainings department at

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