The Colorado Professional Development Center (CPDC) offers Trauma-Informed seminars, workshops, Certificate Training Programs, and supervision/consultation services for mental health professionals. It also support other professionals actively working with individuals, couples and families.
All of the Colorado Professional Development Center’s trauma-informed professional programs are based on an attachment model of psychotherapy and the growing acceptance of early bonding experiences as the foundation for adult psychological wellbeing. CPDC programs emphasize the attuned therapist as the critical factor in the effective practice of psychotherapy. This makes its program offerings unique, particularly in supporting the ongoing professional development of mental health practitioners.
The Colorado Professional Development Center programs are highly experiential and stress the common elements of teaching, learning and counseling. They are constructivistic in nature, and recognize that participants are actively constructing personal meaning, beliefs and values during their learning/counseling experiences.
CPDC’s constructivistic learning environment is also developmental. This means it focuses on the personal development of participants. Personal transformation occurs in the ways that participants construct knowledge and meaning for themselves. They often need to increase their capacities for accommodating and accepting differences and novelty, and for empathy, compassion, multicultural awareness, and ethical relativity.
Constructivistic learning environments also recognize that meaningful knowledge occurs through a dialogue process in a community setting, and avoids ideological, economic, physical and institutional-based constraints within this dialogue. It celebrates differences and plurality of values and beliefs, and avoids making value judgments.
The experiential component of CPDC’s professional programs asks participants to actively engage in self-development. This expands participants’ capacities for inner work practices that builds skills in self-reflection, self-correction, self-directedness, self-authorizing and self-authoring. The outcome is a person with a more complete personal identity who can function effectively in an attuned model of relationship-based psychotherapy.