Trauma-Specific Training

Trauma-Specific Training

Community Disaster Response Training – Howard Center/Washington County Mental Health Services — April 13-14, 2006

Emergency Medical Provider Training Services: Disaster Behavioral Health, Sudden Death Notification and Response, (FEMA) National Incident Management System, Creating a Trauma Informed System.



Acu-Detox Training — May 18-21, 2006

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and Maple Leaf Farm Treatment Center.  Training in 5-point auricular acupuncture for the treatment of drug and alcohol detoxification and acute traumatic stress.



Lisa Najavits PhD – Seeking Safety Treatment Protocol /Vt. Conference on Addictive Disorders — October 1, 2010

Evidence-Based, Integrated Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorder.  Seeking Safety is a present-focused coping skills model consisting of 25 interrelated or standalone modules, addressing four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal and case management.



Bessel van der Kolk — The Frontiers of Trauma Treatment — May 13, 2011

Developmental Trauma Disorder: Towards a rational diagnosis for children with complex trauma histories.  Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research in PTSD.



New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) Conference

— September 15-16, 2011

Asylum and Legal Issues Impacting Survivors of Torture.  International Human Rights and the Prevention of Torture.  Working with Survivors of Torture and Trauma.



Dan Griffin MA – “Helping Men Recover” – Men, Trauma and Recovery

— October 25, 2012

Men’s Evidence-Based, Integrated Trauma and Substance Abuse Treatment.  Relational Theory Model.   Male Psychological Development.




Vincent Fellitti MD – “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACE) Study

— November 21, 2014

Mental Health at the Forefront of Healthcare. The Demonstrated Strong and Graded Relationship between ACE and Chronic Disease (Including Addiction). The Lifelong Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences.



Bessel van der Kolk MD – “The Body Keeps the Score” — June 5, 2015

New Advances in the Treatment of Trauma.  Understanding Interpersonal Trauma in Children: Why We Need a Developmentally Appropriate Trauma Diagnosis.



Eric Gentry PhD, LMHC – Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

Two-Day Training – International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) — June 8-9, 2015

Day One: The History and Evolution of Traumatic Stress, Grief and Loss.

  • Adaptive and maladaptive coping behaviors.
  • Integrated theoretical concepts from stress, crisis and trauma theories.
  • Effective treatment interventions.
  • The biochemical, affective, and cognitive impacts of traumatic stress.
  • The impacts of traumatic stress across and within developmental stages.
  • The role of traumatic stress in clinical disorders such as depression, anxiety and dissociative identity disorder.

Day Two: Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments and Interventions.

  • Theories of traumatic stress, loss and grief.
  • Bereavement and adjustment disorders.
  • Techniques and interventions.
  • Interactive exercises and the application of skills.
  • Needs assessment.
  • Critical incident behavioral health.



 Bessel van der Kolk MD – “The Body Keeps the Score” Two-Day Training 

— August 27-28, 2015

Day One: The Integration of Mind, Brain and Body in the Treatment of Trauma.

  • An examination of how neuroscience research has revealed, in the course of development, children learn to regulate their arousal systems and to discern what is most relevant for survival and the maintenance of relationships.
  • Discussion of how trauma, abuse and neglect derail these processes and effect brain development.

Day Two:  Advanced Training: Rhythm, Synchrony and Getting to One’s Self.

  • After being traumatized, the body keeps pumping out stress hormones that make people feel frazzled, agitated or shut down. Talk therapy by itself, even when combined with warmth and empathy, doesn’t reset the limbic system, the part of the brain that contains an inner map of the world, which in the case of people with histories of abuse and neglect, include feelings of oneself as fundamentally flawed and the world as unpredictable and dangerous.
  • Discussion of how traumatic imprints can be addressed using techniques drawn from yoga, theater, neurofeedback and somatic therapies.



The Language of Trauma:
Psyche’s Response & Secular Miracles

March 2016 – November 2016