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A Review of Evidence Based Practices and Optimal Treatment Models for Complex Trauma

ID: 5871

This workshop will present an overview of single event and complex trauma, including a discussion of different types of traumatic events. The participants will learn about the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis and the limitations of this diagnosis for treatment. The impact of trauma on the brain, attachment, and disrupted attachment appear to give us more information about creative and innovative strategies to treat trauma than diagnosis. A brief review of the meaning of evidence based practice and its use in the behavioral health field will be examined. A more in-depth look into treatment models such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Thought Field Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Attachment Self-Regulation Competency will be discussed.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Karen McGrellis Mihatov, MA, LPC, CTS, DRCC, MPA
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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Cultural Competency in Trauma Treatment

ID: 5017

The workshop will begin with a definition of trauma and the large array of situations which may produce traumatic experiences. It will then proceed with an introduction of the research available stipulating the importance and ethical significance of considering different aspects of culture in diagnosis, assessment and treatment of trauma. Cultural competency at an organizational level will be examined using handouts for participants to review and discuss in small groups. Different presentations among various cultural and ethnic groups will be described, as well as unique situations, such as in cases of immigration trauma, political torture and exposure to war. The latter part of the presentation will focus on case vignettes intended to spark discussion among participants in regards to how knowledge, self awareness, and cultural sensitivity/respect can be infused into our diagnosis, assessment and treatment of trauma.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical, Social/Cultural

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Instructor: Aileen Torres, PhD
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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Differences and Diversity in the Experience, Effects and Treatment of Trauma

ID: 5852

New Jersey is the fifth most culturally diverse state in our nation. Traumatic stress reactions are greatly influenced by an individual's culture, ethnicity and spirituality. In addition, pre-existing and comorbid conditions such as mental illness and substance abuse will effect outcomes. In this workshop we will examine how cultural issues influence the experience, effects and treatment of trauma and discuss culturally specific needs and interventions for trauma survivors. The needs of some special populations will be explored as well.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical, Social/Cultural

Instructor: Nicci Spinazolla, EdS, LMFT, LPC, ACS
Date: Friday, August 3, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Family Treatment Approaches in Working with Trauma

ID: 5855

When trauma impacts a family member the entire system is affected. This workshop will explore the intersection of the context and the impact of trauma on members of a family and the varied response of families and clinical strategies to help both the individual and family cope with the aftermath. Focus will also be on assessment of family functioning, trauma impact and intervention with both vulnerable and functional families, mental health concerns including PTSD and the issues of primary and secondary impact. The utilization of the different family systems theories approaches to treatment will be explored.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Susan Esquilin, PhD, ABPP-Clinical
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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Foundations and Models of Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response

ID: 5850

This two-day workshop will examine the history of crisis intervention and trauma response over the past century. This will be done as a means to understand the current response models and intervention techniques which will be specified and discussed particularly as they relate to different affected populations (civilians, first responders, schools, etc.). Relevant research will be considered as a means to evaluate the effectiveness of these crisis response models. Community resources related to crisis and trauma will be identified. This workshop will include lecture, discussion and experiential formats.

Fee: $225.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 10.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Cynthia Lischick, PhD, DVS
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 and Friday, May 18, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St, 3rd floor - CLASSROOM A
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Group Treatment Approaches in Working with Trauma

ID: 5684

Working together in a group atmosphere provides people who have survived a traumatic event with an opportunity to substantially cope with their reactions to this event. This workshop will help participants to learn a variety of different group interventions, when to apply them and when not to apply them. The differences between therapy-oriented populations and non-therapy-oriented populations and their responses to trauma groups will be discussed. Establishing a safe environment for the exploration of feelings and the containment of overwhelming feelings as well as learning the curative factors in group therapy will be covered.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Nicci Spinazolla, EdS, LMFT, LPC, ACS
Date: Friday, May 18, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Monmouth Cares
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Individual Treatment Approaches in Working with Trauma

ID: 5858

The decision for someone to seek help, rely on oneself, or do nothing about a problem after a traumatic event is a complicated one. Providing clinicians with an overview of the major stages for the help-seeking process is a necessary step. The goal of treatment is to improve the quality of life for the survivor(s). Discussion will examine features of traumatic events, theories of intervention, treatment of comorbid disorders, and aspects of post-traumatic personal growth.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Nicci Spinazolla, EdS, LMFT, LPC, ACS
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St, 3rd floor - CLASSROOM A
390 George Street, 3rd floor, New Brunswick, NJ
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Mini-Certificate in Complex Trauma

ID: 8886

Drawing upon the most current conceptualizations of complex trauma, this four-day workshop will provide in-depth training in working with issues of complex trauma with older adolescents, adults and older adults. The workshop is designed for both clinicians new to working with complex trauma-spectrum problems, as well as for more experienced clinicians in various clinical settings. Clinicians will learn the essential principles of a phase-oriented, relational approach. Utilizing a resilience based, attachment-focused framework, clinicians will experience how to provide the necessary conditions for safely assisting clients in healing from complex traumatic disorders. In order to foster the kind of depth-oriented learning required to address the topic, the workshop is designed as a "closed cohort" model, i.e., the same group of particpants will be enrolled for the four day sequence, working closely in small groups for maximum participation.

Week One: Current Conceptualizations and Biopsychosocial Assessment of Complex Trauma This module provides an introduction to the series, as well as a theoretical foundation for the intervention approach. The developmental etiology and neurobiological consequences of complex trauma will be reviewed through the lens of current research on attachment. Potential psychological and physical consequences of untreated complex trauma across the lifespan will be discussed. Clinical assessment of complex trauma will be reviewed, through the use of case vignettes and videotapes, highlighting managing the clinical interview, engaging the client, and setting the stage for treatment. Risk/vulnerability and resilience profiles will be presented so participants can understand the range of complexity inherent in treating complex trauma.

Week Two: Differential Diagnosis and Ethical Issues Encountered in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and Phase-Oriented Treatment Model The morning module focuses on diagnostic dilemmas that clinicians face in accurately assessing complex trauma, as well as the ethical issues that are commonly encountered in working with individuals suffering from this type of distress. Identifying commonly misdiagnosed "presentations" of complex trauma, avoiding clinical pitfalls that can lead to ethical dilemmas, and adopting a process and outcome-focused treatment response model are presented as essential prerequisites to working with these issues. Case vignettes and small group exercises will provide experiential learning opportunities. The afternoon module presents an overview of the phase-oriented, relational approach (Courtois and Ford, 2013) that provides clinical guidelines for maintaining safety, providing structure, responding to particular reactions and issues, and managing the clinical disruptions that are inherent in the treatment of these trauma-spectrum problems.

Week Three: Implementation of the Phase-Oriented Treatment of Complex Trauma The focus of this module will be on matching client needs to treatment sequences and interventions. The morning session will focus on applying the phase-oriented relational approach to trauma-spectrum problems through the use of case vignettes, videotapes and small group practice exercises. The afternoon session will review evidence-based treatment models, such as cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy and narrative exposure therapy as examples of clinical approaches that can be integrated within the phase- oriented model. Continued practice exercises in small groups of three will focus on applying essential skills to case vignettes. Time permitting, case consultation and discussion will be provided at the end of this module.

Week Four: Building a Complex Trauma Model: Essential Practice Principles This module further develops and deepens the competencies acquired through previous modules, focusing on integrating and applying best practice approaches to working with complex trauma across a variety of settings and populations. Drawing upon the experience of the prominent clinicians and scholars in the field, application of a complex trauma model is reviewed and discussed, with continued practice of specific clinical situations, such as working with the dissociative client, addressing safety needs in real world contexts of domestic violence, and providing culturally responsive approaches to traumatic grief. This module concludes with an experiential segment on self-care for clinicians, and developing communities of practice to sustain trauma workers in the field.

Week Five: The morning section will focus on self-care for clinicians, and why it is an ethical imperative for clinicians who work with trauma to focus on their own wellness. Didactic and experiential exercises will be integrated throughout the morning session. The morning will conclude with a discussion of building "communities of practice" that can sustain the vitality of this important work through providing support and guidance for clinicians. The afternoon section will examine the latest research on resilience - its role and its limitations - in attachment-focused complex trauma interventions. This module further develops and deepens the competencies acquired through previous modules as well, focusing on integrating and applying best practice approaches to working with complex trauma across a variety of settings and populations. Drawing upon the experience of prominent clinicians and scholars in the field, specific issues are examined in the "real world" application of a complex trauma model, such as culturally informed/culturally responsive trauma treatment, working with dissociative clients, and addressing safety needs in the contexts of domestic violence.

Fee: $750.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 25.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Monica Indart
Date: April 10, 2018 / April 17, 2018 / April 24, 2018 / May 8, 2018 / May 22, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Responding to Disaster

ID: 5856

In this workshop, mental health professionals will explore psychosocial impact of disasters and terrorism, as well as strategies and systems for assessing the need for mental health intervention and providing appropriate types of early psychological intervention in the wake of a disaster or terrorist event. This workshop addresses the critical knowledge areas and skill sets that will allow clinicians to work with the federal and state disaster mental health system, law enforcement and emergency management system in addressing the mental health consequences of such events. This workshop introduces and is consistent with the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA)-Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) model of community crisis intervention, as well as the disaster mental health training curriculum standards established by the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Steven Crimando, MA
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Monmouth Cares
185 State Rt. 36, West Long Branch, NJ

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Self Care in Trauma Work

ID: 5851

Trauma hurts everyone it touches. Expect to be different, not worse, as a consequence of working in the field of trauma and loss. What happens to you? What happens to your clients? What does it mean to be mindful of your Self? As a result of this workshop, participants will broaden their knowledge, understanding and application of techniques that contribute to their own well-being as well as to those with whom they work. They will be able to distinguish between emotions and their distortions and will broaden their understanding of the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual issues related to working within the arena of trauma. This workshop does not qualify for NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) clock hours in ethics.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical, Ethical

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Instructor: Lori Schlosser, PhD
Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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The Assessment and Treatment of Dissociative Disorders

ID: 5542

Chronic trauma that occurs early in life has profound effects on personality development and can lead to the development of dissociative identity disorder (DID). This workshop will present an overview of trauma and dissociation. The diagnostic assessment of DID, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder will be reviewed and the stages of treatment and specific intervention strategies will be covered. Through case examples the treatment of DID will be discussed including: pacing treatment, balancing containment and processing trauma. (This workshop can also be used as an elective towards the Trauma Response and Crisis Intervention certificate program.)

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Marsha Heiman, PhD
Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM C
390 George St., 3rd floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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The Effects of Trauma Across the Developmental Spectrum

ID: 5857

A traumatic event has dramatic short and long term effects across all stages of human development. In this interactive two-day workshop we will examine these effects on infants, children, adolescents and adults, as well as explore the effects of trauma on the emotional, cognitive, neurological, physical, and spiritual human systems. The neurophysiological and neurochemical changes which result from traumatic events will be addressed as well. Practical skills and therapeutic interventions needed in helping both children and adults cope in the aftermath of trauma will be discussed: both traditional and creative arts treatment approaches will be explored.

Fee: $225.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 10.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Nicci Spinazolla, EdS, LMFT, LPC, ACS
Date: Friday, January 26, 2018 and Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Instructor: Nicci Spinazolla, EdS, LMFT, LPC, ACS
Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 and Friday, June 8, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ

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The Ethics of Trauma and Disaster Response: Doing Right, Doing Good

ID: 5853

This workshop will examine the ethical issues that confront mental health professionals today in the burgeoning and related fields of disaster response, humanitarian relief and trauma interventions. Principles of ethical professional practice will be reviewed in the context of these specialized fields, with a discussion of how these principles can be applied to such interventions, as well as areas in which these principles may conflict with the demands of various field scenarios. Common pitfalls professionals face in these situations will be addressed. Philosophical issues such as morality ("doing right") and virtue ("doing good") will be addressed in the practical application of ethical principles to clinical interventions. A model for ethical decision-making that incorporate both morality and virtue will be presented and discussed. This workshop does not qualify for NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) clock hours in ethics.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical, Ethical

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Instructor: Monica Indart
Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Care Plus NJ
610 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, NJ

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The Impact of Gangs on Trauma Informed Care

ID: 5862

Gangs have become their own cultural dynamic in the community today. Intergenerational gang membership has redefined the concept of family and family values. Gang values have reshaped our neighborhoods and a community to the extent violence has become an accepted way of life. After completing this workshop you will be able to better understand how gangs have become their own culture and the impact that gangs have on both the behavioral and mental health issues faced today in our communities. As a result you will broaden your knowledge and understanding of common gang signs and identifiers found in our communities today. Examples will be given as to the roles and responsibilities of community agencies and the importance of inter- agency collaboration as it relates to addressing gang involvement and gang violence in the community. This workshop will better help you identify the community's responsibility on how to protect children and support families as it relates to breaking the cycle of gang involvement and gang violence.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical, Social/Cultural

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Instructor: Jack Farrell, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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The Link between Trauma and Substance Abuse: Causes, Signs, and Treatment Indications

ID: 5041

This workshop is designed to educate both the substance abuse counselor and mental health professional on the prevalence of substance abuse and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and importance of cross education for themselves to ensure the best outcomes for their client. The workshop begins with an overview of the long history of specific populations who are most often diagnosed with both disorders and the poor treatment outcomes when the attempt is made to treat each separately and not concurrently. The chemical reactions created by both traumatic stress and substance abuse are discussed and the research linking them. Finally, some successful treatment models are discussed with experiential exercises participants can use in early stages and later treatment with this population.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Megan Sullivan, LPC, LCADC
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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The Neurobiology of Trauma/PTSD

ID: 5235

The overall goal of this workshop is for practitioners to understand that the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not merely a psychosocial phenomenon and to be better able to provide treatment interventions based on changes in the nervous system. PTSD has been found to be prevalent, but it is important to study PTSD to understand why some individuals develop the disorder and others, also exposed to specific traumatic events, do not. Studying the symptomology of PTSD, as it relates to possible neural mechanisms, may provide some insight toward answering these questions. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: list the three general categories of symptoms exhibited by individuals with PTSD; describe the role of the limbic system in the production of memory dysfunction in traumatized individuals; understand how the hypothalamus and pituitary gland are involved in the fight or flight response; and the benefits and side-effects of the most common pharmacological agents used to treat PTSD/Trauma.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Craig Strickland, PhD
Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Northbrook Behavioral Health
425 Woodbury-Turnersville Road , Blackwood, NJ

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Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Community Violence

ID: 5880

Trauma has sometimes been defined in reference to circumstances that are outside the realm of normal human experience. Unfortunately, this definition does not always hold true for the clients with whom we work. For some, trauma can occur frequently and become part of the common human experience, especially community violence. The results of trauma and community violence can influence and compound our clients difficulties. This training provides an overview of trauma and community violence, and explores the impact the two phenomena have on clients. The training is also designed to give professionals tools to address the residual effects of trauma and community violence with their clients. Additionally, professionals will examine ways they can be exposed to trauma vicariously and therefore will understand the importance of self-care to combat burnout.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Jennifer Jones-Damis, PsyD, LPC
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St, 3rd floor - CLASSROOM A
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Vicarious Traumatization: Sometimes the Cost of Caring

ID: 5879

As professionals working with trauma, we sit with and vicariously live through--watching, listening, feeling another's plight. The empathic engagement with those who have experienced trauma, be it, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, death, war, or any traumatic event such as 9/11, can produce enormous strain on the clinician psychological, physical and spiritual well-being. Our greatest gift of trying to help those impacted by trauma also becomes our greatest liability. "Vicarious traumatization" (McCann & Perlman, 1990) also known as "compassion fatigue" (Figley, 1995), is a term used to describe the cumulative impact on the lives of helping professionals who work with clients who have or are experiencing trauma. The training day will be divided into two parts. The first part of the workshop will be didactic, explaining the concept of vicarious traumatization, exploring the different ways vicarious traumatization can impact professionals, and reviewing various strategies to try to minimize the impact. The second part of the workshop is experiential. With structured exercises, participants will be given the opportunity to share the impact of their work with trauma. The workshop will emphasize self-care strategies.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Marsha Heiman, PhD
Date: Friday, July 27, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St, 3rd floor - CLASSROOM A
390 George Street, 3rd floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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