Leaning into Darkness: Essential Concepts in the Provision of Trauma Informed Care

The effective treatment of trauma requires not only an understanding of the basics of trauma, but also its effects on the human mind, body, and soul. Trauma informed care requires an ability to recognize the effects of traumatic experiences on clients and the prevalence of those effects in individuals seeking medical and mental health care. A thorough understanding of the constellation of symptoms and mental health presentations of traumatized clients as well as the neurobiology of trauma will be addressed. Participants will learn to support clients who have difficulty making clinical gains due to inability to regulate emotionally or physiologically as a result of their traumatic experiences, and to apply proactive strategies for provision of care which are attuned to the complex needs of traumatized clients. The basics of successful engagement, assessment, intervention, and termination during treatment for trauma will be addressed, as well as specific variables for workers to attend to in order increase retention of traumatized clients in treatment. A variety of populations will be discussed, from young children to adults, as well as a range of presentations including both simple and complex trauma. During class, participants will have an opportunity to practice some useful intervention techniques to aid in client regulation during sessions. 

Participants will receive an additional 1.5 hours of CEUs via online course content that must be completed prior to this class.

Counts as Diagnostics course for Trauma Certificate Program

*Each class this year will be held via Zoom. Participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience and there will be numerous opportunities for engagement (e.g. small group discussions, role plays, case studies). As such, learners should prepare for active participation. We ask that students keep their cameras on as much as they are able, while understanding that it may not be possible to keep cameras on throughout the entire class. Rest assured that we will take many breaks throughout each class to help assuage Zoom fatigue.

Instructor: Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LICSW

Date(s): 06/29/2021

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

CEUs: 6 CEUs; 6 Clinical Clock Hours – 2 hours in differential dx and biopsychosocial assessment, 2 hours in assessment-based treatment planning, 2 hours in clinical intervention methods

Cost: $150

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