Workshops: Trauma

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Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications for Health, Mental Health and Early Death Throughout the Lifespan

ID: 5722

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study links childhood trauma to adult chronic medical illness, behavioral health disorders, and early death. This study, conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente Health Services will show the alarming prevalence of childhood trauma among a group of 17000 typical American participants of the study. Attendees will learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, the effects of childhood trauma in adult life, the neurobiology of child trauma, the role of Attachment Theory plays in childhood trauma, and current attachment based treatments for trauma.

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

Instructor: Alex Seidler, LCSW
Date: Friday, December 14, 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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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
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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

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Instructor: Nicci Spinazolla, EdS, LMFT, LPC, ACS
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
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Special Instructions: ***PLEASE NOTE: This workshop has been rescheduled from Friday, August 3 to Tuesday, August 7!

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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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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

Instructor: Nicci Spinazolla, EdS, LMFT, LPC, ACS
Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, 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

Instructor: Monica Indart
Date: January 15, 2019 / January 22, 2019 / January 29, 2019 / February 5, 2019 / February 12, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Parsippany - Octagon 10 Office Center
1719 Route 10 East, Parsippany, 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

Instructor: Lori Schlosser, PhD
Date: Friday, October 26, 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 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

Instructor: Nicci Spinazolla, EdS, LMFT, LPC, ACS
Date: Friday, January 4, 2019 and Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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The Impact of Trauma

ID: 5451

This workshop provides an overview of trauma and its impact. Trauma is explored from a historical, epidemiological, psychological, and psychobiological perspective. Current assessment and treatment approaches to trauma are presented. The workshop will examine child sexual abuse as one type of traumatic event. Special attention is also given to the impact of trauma on the helping professional.

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

Instructor: Marsha Heiman, PhD
Date: Friday, November 30, 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: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Robins' Nest
42 South Delsea Drive, Glassboro, NJ

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The Neuroscience of Optimal Well-Being: Reducing Stress, Resolving Trauma, Recovering Resilience

ID: 5859

Breakthroughs in the field of neuroscience are giving us validation that the brain, body, mind and spirit are interconnected. In fact, there is increasing scientific evidence that we can rewire our brains to enhance our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Participants will be introduced to the emerging field of Psychoneuroimmunology which examines the connections between our neurons and internal chemicals (neuropeptides) forming the biological basis of our emotions, beliefs and expectations. Participants will explore how these connections affect our functioning and our health, as well as the latest findings regarding neuroplasticity- the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout our lifetime! This information, provided in an approachable manner, with unforgettable case studies, will be enhanced by experiential learning that will give participants the opportunity to practice empirically validated techniques that activate brain states of calm and relaxation, compassion and gratitude. Learn to resource, rewire and regulate your body-brain (and those of your clients) for reduced stress, greater well-being and improved relationships!

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

Instructor: Lori Schlosser, PhD
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd , Bordentown Township, NJ

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Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Community Violence

ID: 5880

Definitions of trauma refer to circumstances that are outside the realm of normal human experience. Unfortunately, this definition does not always hold true. For some, trauma can occur frequently and become part of the common human experience, especially violence in the community. The impact of trauma and community violence can shape and compound the difficulties of our clients. This workshop provides an overview of trauma and community violence, and explores the impact the two phenomena have on clients. The training will give professionals tools to address the residual effects of trauma and community violence. Additionally, professionals will examine ways they can be exposed to trauma vicariously and the importance of self-care to combat burnout.

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

Instructor: Jennifer Jones-Damis, PsyD, LPC
Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
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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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

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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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