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Here’s an unsolicited testimonial following a recent training: “I was recently at the CBT for Trauma Treatment in Pittsburgh, PA on 7/29/16. The presenter was Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC and it was excellent. As an addiction specialist many of my patients have turned to the ever so popular opiates to avoid and numb the pain from previous and/or ongoing trauma. Substance Use Disorders (particularly chronic opioid abuse) have become an epidemic in society in general, but Pittsburgh, PA in particular. In addition, this training also focused on secondary traumatic stress and burnout for those of us who work directly with this population and the information provided was very helpful. In addition to having my own caseload, I also train new staff and this will now become part of the training for new counselors at our facility in hopes of minimizing burnout and turnover. I recommend that clinicians and first responders attend this training whenever and wherever possible.”

Thailand Seminars: Sustaining Compassion



Zambia: Teaching medical students, chaplains, and psychiatric residents





Singapore: 3 days of training at the Institute of Mental Health


I have presented workshops in 44 states and internationally for many organizations. I am also a professional speaker with PESI.

Some of the trainings I provide include:

Behavioral treatment of chronic pain: We have a couple of huge issues related to this topic…a good percentage of Americans deal with chronic pain, and we are facing a devastating epidemic of opioid misuse and death. Recent CDC guidelines emphasize the need to treat pain from a behavioral perspective, which reduces pain and minimizes the use of opioids. CBT is a treatment of choice for this. I provide CBT and I also offer training and consultation in this area.

DSM-5: I provide training on the new diagnostic manual (DSM-5) that was implemented in October, 2015. There are significant changes in the way mental health issues are diagnosed, and all professionals will need to use this manual in their work with people. I was a collaborating clinical investigator during the field trials phase of development, and was able to be in San Francisco for the release of the manual at the American Psychiatric Association conference in May, 2013.

I was invited to be part of the Psychotherapy Networker video training series “The Uproar Over DSM-5”. My session was called “Navigating the New DSM-5: Ten Ways it will Impact Your Practice”. 

Compassion fatigue: This help people understand the negative impact of working with traumatized people. It’s the secondary impact of trauma. During this training we look at signs of compassion fatigue, resilience, burnout, empathy, and self-care. Participants complete a self-assessment to see if they have signs of compassion fatigue. They also develop their own personal resilience plan. This corresponds with the workbook I coauthored, Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Resilience Workbook.

Ethics: There are interactive and fun ways to learn about ethics while obtaining valuable continuing education hours. I’ve put together a training that provides cutting-edge information into an engaging learning experience.

Integrated healthcare: This treatment model truly is the most effective way to treat people’s medical and mental health needs. During this presentation we discuss brief assessment tools and way of maximizing patient care by working more closely with the medical community.

I have provided trainings for the following organizations:

  • Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards
  • Alaska: Providence Kodiak Island Counseling Center
  • American Academy for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conferences in California, Georgia, and North Carolina
  • California: Bienvenidos, Pasadena
  • California: Camp Pendleton behavioral health staff
  • California: Five Acres two-day staff training, Altadena
  • California: Maryvale, Rosemead
  • California: San Diego North County Chapter of California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Colorado: University of Denver, Master’s Program in International Disaster Psychology
  • Georgia Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
  • Illinois: Southern Illinois Perinatal Network Conference
  • Indiana Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
  • Louisiana: Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans
  • Louisiana: Volunteers of America, New Orleans
  • Massachusetts: Steward Health Care System
  • Mississippi Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mississippi Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
  • National Animal Control Association Disaster Training Academy
  • North Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • North Carolina: Haywood Regional Medical Center
  • North Carolina: Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies
  • North Carolina: Mountain Area Health Education Center
  • North Carolina: Northwest Area Health Education Center
  • North Carolina: Western Carolina University
  • Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 
  • Singapore: Institute for Medicine
  • South Carolina Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
  • Thailand: New Friar’s Network
  • Thailand: Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor
  • Washington, D.C.: Psychotherapy Networker Symposium
  • Zambia: Trinity Chaplain College
  • Zambia: University of Lusaka