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College of Psychology
3301 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

Undergraduate Admissions
(954) 262-8000
800-338-4723
admissions@nova.edu

Graduate Admissions
(954) 262-7563
800-541-6682 ext. 27563
gradschool@nova.edu

Clinics
(954) 262-5730
(954) NSU-CARE (678-2273)

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Trauma Resolution Integration Program (TRIP)

Mission

Housed within Nova Southeastern University Psychology Services Center, the Trauma Resolution Integration Program:

  1. Provides psychological services to individuals age 18 and over who are experiencing difficulties related to:

    • a history of child abuse and neglect
    • combat trauma, other war-related trauma
    • domestic violence, criminal physical assault
    • rape, military sexual trauma
    • natural disaster
    • political torture 
  2. Offers doctoral level training in the psychological treatment of difficulties related to abuse, trauma, and dissociation
  3. Conducts ongoing research on abuse, trauma, and dissociation

Steven N. Gold, Ph.D.
Director
gold@nova.edu

Amy E. Ellis, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Adjunct Clinical Supervisor
amy.ellis@nova.edu

Nicole A. Sciarrino, M.A., M.S.
Clinic Coordinator
(954) 262-5851
ns940@nova.edu

Ryan Strosser, M.A., NCC, TTS
Research Coordinator
rs2097@nova.edu

Nathan R. Daly, B.S.
Data Entry Coordinator
nd707@nova.edu

Clinical Staff Members:

  • Emily Ajluni
  • Tyler Hernandez
  • Dovid Kirzner (Intern)
  • Julia Lopez
  • Estefania Masias
  • Leah Taylor
  • Michael Quinones
  • Nicole Sciarrino
  • Chelsea Spraberry Tekell

Trauma

Living through traumatic events – ones that involve witnessing first hand or facing the threat of sudden violent death, serious physical injury, or sexual violation – can lead to serious long-term difficulties, including:

  • reliving the traumatic event in the form of unwanted repeated recollections, vivid flashbacks, nightmares, or physiological reactions
  • avoidance of circumstances that act as reminders of the traumatic event
  • periodic or constant anxiety, anger, shame, guilt, etc.
  • difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, irritability
  • substance abuse
  • depression
  • difficulty in relationships

Dissociation

The term "dissociation" refers to a range of experiences that are common among survivors of trauma, although they can be caused by factors other than trauma as well. Examples of dissociation include:

  • "spacing" or blanking out, having difficulty sustaining awareness of or staying focused in the present;
  • extensive forgetting and significant gaps in memory;
  • not being able to account for significant periods of time in the recent past, ranging from minutes to hours to days;
  • not feeling real, not feeling "like oneself," feelings as if you are watching yourself from outside your body, feelings as if our surroundings are not real;
  • finding evidence of or being told by other people about having recently engaged in activities of which you have no recollection.

Each of the TRIP practicum students has received specialty training in the area of trauma and trauma-related disorders, and dissociation. This includes training in both assessment and providing flexible, and creative treatment aimed at targeting often persistent difficulties.

TRIP provides the following services:

  • psychological assessment of dissociation and trauma-related difficulties
  • individual therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group
  • family therapy
  • couple’s therapy

Eligibility for Services

TRIP serves individuals living in Broward County, Florida. Individuals living elsewhere are eligible to make application for services.

Fees are assessed on the basis of the client's ability to pay and set on a sliding fee schedule. Private insurance is accepted where applicable.

Services are available to adults age 18 and above regardless of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, and sexual orientation.

Making an Appointment

Before being formally admitted for treatment at TRIP, each individual first receives an initial intake evaluation from which it is determined whether the services provided at TRIP are likely to be appropriate for and beneficial to her or him.

If it is determined that admission is appropriate, an initial treatment plan is formulated collaboratively between client and therapist on the basis of the intake evaluation.

In those cases where TRIP does not appear to be the most appropriate treatment facility, the staff will assist in identifying and referring to an appropriate service agency.

The coordinator is available to answer and return calls intermittently throughout the week at (954) 262-5851. For a more immediate response if interested in getting enrolled in the program, please contact the call center at (954) 262-5730.

Gold, S. N. (2000). Not trauma alone: Therapy for child abuse survivors in family and social context. Philadelphia, PA: Brunner/Routledge.

Gold, S. N., & Elhai, J. (Eds.). (2008). Trauma and serious mental illness. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

Gold, S. N., & Faust, J. (2002). Trauma practice in the wake of September 11, 2001. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

Gold, S. N. (2016). Growing together: A contextual perspective on countertrauma, counterresilience, and countergrowth. In R. B. Gartner (Ed.) Trauma and countertrauma, resilience and counterresilience: Insights from psychoanalysts and trauma experts. London, England: Routledge.

Gold, S. N., & Seibel, S. L. (2009). Treating dissociation: A contextual approach. In P. F. Dell & J. O’Neill (Eds.), Dissociation and the dissociative disorders: DSM-V and beyond. New York, NY: Routledge.

Gold, S. N. (2009). Contextual therapy: A treatment designed for complex trauma survivors. In C.A. Courtois & J. D. Ford (Eds.), Complex trauma disorders: An evidence-based clinician’s guide. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Gold, S. N., & Seifer, R. E. (2002). Dissociation and sexual addiction/compulsivity: A contextual approach to conceptualization and treatment. In J. A. Chu & E. S. Bowman (Eds.), Trauma and sexuality: The effects of childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse on sexual identity and behavior (pp. 59-82). New York, NY: Haworth Press.

Swingle, J. M., Tursich, M., Cleveland, J. M., Gold, S. N., Tolliver, S. F., Michaels, L., … Sciarrino, N. A. (2016). Childhood disclosure of sexual abuse: Necessary but not necessarily sufficient. Child Abuse & Neglect, 62, 10-18.

Cleveland, J. M., Korman, B. M., & Gold, S. N. (2015). Are hypnosis and dissociation related? New evidence for a connection. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 63(2), 198-214.

Courtois, C. A., & Gold, S. N. (2009). The need for inclusion of psychological trauma in the professional curriculum: A call to action. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 1(1), 3-23.

Gold, S. N., Hyman, S. M, & Andres, R. A. (2004). Family of origin environments in two clinical samples of survivors of intra-familial, extra-familial, and both types of sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 28(11), 1199-1212.

Gold, S. N., & Brown, L. S. (1997). Therapeutic responses to delayed recall: Beyond recovered memory. Psychotherapy, 34, 182-191.

Gold, S. N. (2016, May). Contextual therapy for dissociation: An interpersonal-developmental approach. Invited workshop presented at the Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, VT.

Gold, S. N. (2016, February). Contextual therapy for DID: Video demonstration of a representative intervention. Invited workshop presented at the Sixth Annual Healing Together Conference, Orlando, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2016, February). How they got over: Recovery in contextual therapy. Invited workshop presented at the Infinite Mind Conference, Orlando, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2016, March). Emerging issues in brain science and mental health: Trauma and dissociation. Invited workshop presented at the Twenty Second Annual Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Death Is Different Conference, Orlando, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2016, March). Hidden hurdles to education: Childhood trauma, adversity and deprivation. Keynote address presented to the Broward County Public Schools Student Services Personnel at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2015, October). Depictions of psychological trauma in fine art: Expressing the inexpressible. Invited lecture presented at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Cáceres, E., Gold, S. N. Cepeda, A., Roldón, L., Ramírez, C., Parra, A., Valencia, O. L., & Casas, G. (2015, October). Conversatorio por la pas: Protocolos de atención basados en la evidencia. [Discussion for peace: Treatment protocols based on evidence.]. Panel discussion presented at the IV Simposio Internacional: Atención Psicosocial a Víctimas del Conflicto Armado: Formación y Practica Basada en la Evidencia Facultad de Psicología [Fourth International Symposium: Psychosocial Treatment of Victims of Armed Conflict:Training and Evidence Based Practice, School of Psychology], Universidad Católica de Colombia: Bogota, Colombia.

Gold, S. N. (2015, October). Violencia interpersonal y disociación: Teorías, tratamiento y relación terapéutica. [Interpersonal violence and dissociation: Theory, treatment and the therapeutic relationship.] Invited workshop presented at the IV Simposio Internacional: Atención Psicosocial a Víctimas del Conflicto Armado: Formación y Practica Basada en la Evidencia Facultad de Psicología [Fourth International Symposium: Psychosocial Treatment of Victims of Armed Conflict:Training and Evidence Based Practice, School of Psychology], Universidad Católica de Colombia: Bogota, Colombia.

Gold, S. N. (2015, October). El tratamiento de la disociación en contexto: Intervenciones eficaces.[The treatment of dissociation in context: Effective interventions.] Invited workshop presented at the the IV Simposio Internacional: Atención Psicosocial a Víctimas del Conflicto Armado: Formación y Practica Basada en la Evidencia Facultad de Psicología [Fourth International Symposium: Psychosocial Treatment of Victims of Armed Conflict:Training and Evidence Based Practice, School of Psychology], Universidad Católica de Colombia: Bogota, Colombia.

Gold, S. N. (2015, October). Volviendo a la vida: El milagro de las conexiones interpersonales.[Coming back to life: The miracle of interpersonal connection.] Keynote Address presented at the the IV Simposio Internacional: Atención Psicosocial a Víctimas del Conflicto Armado: Formación y Practica Basada en la Evidencia Facultad de Psicología [Fourth International Symposium: Psychosocial Treatment of Victims of Armed Conflict:Training and Evidence Based Practice, School of Psychology], Universidad Católica de Colombia: Bogota, Colombia.

Gold, S. N., Ellis, A. E., Reuther, B. T., & Brown, L. (2015, August). Contextual treatment of dissociation. Invited continuing education workshop presented at the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Gold, S. N. (2015, April). Contextual therapy in the treatment of dissociative disorders. Invited preconference workshop presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Orlando, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2015, January). A context for healing: Principles for resolving dissociative difficulties. Invited workshop for the Fifth Annual Healing Together Conference, Orlando, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2014, May). A Contextual model of trauma treatment. Invited workshop presented at Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

Gold, S. N. (2014, April). Optimizing therapeutic outcomes. Invited workshop for Citrus Health Services, Hialeah, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2013, November). Building bridges: A mental health symposium for enhanced agency communication and awareness. Invited symposium for the Broward County Crime Commission, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2013, May). Understanding and treating dissociation: Expanding awareness, memory, and identity. Invited workshop presented at Brattleboro Retreat, Holyoke, MA.

Gold, S. N. (2013, May). Understanding and treating dissociation: Expanding awareness, memory, and identity. Invited workshop presented at Universidad de Salamenca, Salamenca, Spain.

Gold, S. N., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2013, April). Psychosocial intervention working group. Invited co-leader at Consensus Conference on Advancing the Science of Education Training and Practice in Trauma, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Gold, S. N. (2013, March). Treating the effects of prolonged trauma. Invited workshop presented at Citrus Behavioral Health Network, Miami, FL. CV: Gold Updated: June 2015 10

Gold, S. N. (2013, February). Wounds of war: Meeting the needs of active-duty military and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Invited symposium presented at the Shepard Broad Law School, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2012, June). Understanding the context of trauma: The social and developmental surround. Invited address at Trauma Talks: Advancing the Dialog on Trauma-Informed Care Conference sponsored by Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Canada.

Gold, S. N. (2011, January). Trauma and its impact. Invited workshop presented at the South Florida State Hospital, Pembroke Pines, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2010, July). Sexual addiction: A contextual treatment model. Invited workshop presented at Carlos Albizu University, Miami, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2010, June). Trauma and PTSD. Invited workshop at the 1st Annual Discovering the Possibilities for Transformation Mental Health Consumer Conference, Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2010, June). Contextual therapy: Treating survivors of complex trauma. Invited workshop presented at the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Annual Conference, Sarasota, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2010, June). The trauma resolution and integration program. Invited presentation at the Speaker’s Forum, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2010, April). Turning therapy inside out: Recognizing client strengths and potentials. Invited keynote at the Annual Professional Development Institute, Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Gold, S. N., & Freyd, J. J. (2010, April). Betrayal trauma theory: A contextual/relational explanation for impaired recall for traumatic events. Invited presentation at the 58th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.

Gold, S. N. (2009, May). Sexual addiction/compulsivity: A contextual treatment model. Invited workshop at the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma, Ottawa, Canada.

Gold, S. N. (2007, May). Contextual therapy for survivors of prolonged child abuse. Invited workshop presented at the Dade County Clinical Services for EH/SED Programs, Miami, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2007, March). Contextual therapy for dissociation: Expanding awareness, memory and identity. Invited workshop presented at the Retreat Healthcare, Brattleboro, VT.

Gold, S. N. (2006, December). Contextual therapy for adult survivors of prolonged child abuse. Invited workshop presented at the University of Alaska Psychology Department and the Alaska Psychological Association, Anchorage, AK.

Gold, S. N. (2006, November). Beyond trauma: Treating child abuse survivors with contextual therapy. Invited workshop presented at the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Residential Historical Abuse Program, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Gold, S. N. (2006, April). Contextual therapy for child abuse survivors: Theory, treatment, and new developments. Invited workshop presented at the 11th Annual Northwest Regional Conference on Trauma Disorders, Lake Chelan Community Hospital, Lake Chelan, WA. CV: Gold Updated: June 201511

Gold, S. N. (2005, July). Dissociation, human development, and human being. Invited workshop presented at Renfrew Center, Coconut Creek, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2005, February). The interpersonal and developmental context of trauma and dissociation: Conceptualization and treatment. Invited workshop presented at the Southeastern Michigan Trauma and Dissociation Study Group, Beverly Hills, MI.

Gold, S. N. (2004, November). Contextual therapy for survivors of prolonged child abuse. Invited workshop presented at Retreat Healthcare, Brattleboro, VT.

Gold, S. N. (2005, June). Dissociation as a fundamental dimension of human development. Invited address presented at the V Congreso Internacional de Trauma Psiquico y Estres Traumatico, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Gold, S. N. (2005, June). Dissociation and sexual addiction/compulsivity: A Contextual approach to conceptualization and treatment. Invited address presented at the V Congreso Internacional de Trauma Psiquico y Estres Traumatico, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Gold, S. N. (2003, April). Contextual therapy for complex dissociative PTSD. Invited workshop presented at the 8th Annual Northwest Regional Conference on Trauma Disorders, Chelan, WA.

Gold, S. N. (2003, April). Developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship with clients with Complex Dissociative PTSD. Invited workshop presented at the 8th Annual Northwest Regional Conference on Trauma Disorders, Chelan, WA.

Gold, S. N. (2002, November). Contextual therapy for survivors of sexual assault/abuse. Invited workshop presented at the Perry Point Veterans Administration Hospital Veterans Administration Hospital, Perry Point, MD.

Gold, S. N., & Faust, J. (2002, June). Understanding and responding to ongoing trauma and terrorism. Invited continuing education workshop presented at the Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2002, February). Responding to trauma in the wake of September 11th. Invited workshop presented at the Brevard County Psychological Association, Melbourne, FL.

Gold, S. N. (2001, October). Contextual treatment for survivors of sexual assault/abuse. Invited continuing education workshop for mental health and medical professionals presented at Coatsville Veterans Administration Medical Center, Coatsville, PA.

Gold, S. N. (2001, April). Treating survivors of prolonged child abuse. Invited continuing education workshop for mental health and medical professionals presented at Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, Rockford, IL.

Gold, S. N. (2001, March). Long term effects of childhood sexual abuse. Invited address presented at the 1st Annual Human and Social Services Forum, District X Department of Children and Families and Florida Atlantic University-Center for Urban Redevelopment and Empowerment, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Clinical Hours: By appointment only 

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For more information or an appointment, please email trip@nova.edu or call (954) 262-5730.
Visit our website: www.nova.edu/trip