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Into The Depths: Integrative Approaches To Helping People With Complex Trauma Histories  

Trainer: Jack Ringel, LICSW

Many people who seek out psychotherapy and other forms of mental health care have a complex history of trauma experience. One example (of many) of this complexity is a veteran who experienced childhood abuse as well as trauma in her adult life, such as harrowing combat experiences. Often times, trauma experiences can become compounding, and finding healing can be a circuitous and uncertain path that requires patience, compassion, and flexibility on behalf of providers. This training will explore ways to effectively work with such patients/clients. Special attention will be paid to the therapeutic relationship, including how to work more effectively with powerful transference and counter-transference phenomena.

The first half of the day will mostly be spent covering some of the major theories of trauma recovery, which will be used to help orient us to the material. The second half of the day will mostly be focused on practice. Clinical vignettes, case conceptualizations, and other interactive strategies will be used throughout the day to help engage your minds and hearts in the topic at hand.

This training is intended for those that provide direct services to clients/patients (such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, MDs, case managers, ARNPs, peer counselors, etc.), but may also be useful for other interested parties who provide services to people with complex histories of trauma.

Trainer: Jack Ringel, LICSW

Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:
  • To better understand how trauma across the lifespan can contribute to someone’s current experience
  • To better understand clinical approaches to working with clients/patients with histories of complex trauma
  • To better understand how childhood experience may influence a person’s present experience and course of treatment
  • To be better understand how to work effectively with the therapeutic relationship to enhance and evoke positive change

Cost: Free!

Workshop cancellation requests that occur on or inside a three business day window of the event date will be subject to a $20 administrative fee. Please note that if you register and do not attend, you are still liable for the administrative fee. Non-payment of the cancellation fee will result in the loss of workshop privileges (i.e. participant will be unable to register for future VTSC events).

Parking: Ample on-street parking is available at or near the 2100 Building

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop. The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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