Our most vulnerable clients often endured childhood trauma and continue to face substantial risks, such as poverty, discrimination, struggles with mental health and addiction, health declines, homelessness, and loss. How do we, as members of the helping professions, support vulnerable individuals to build capacity, while also addressing their current crises, and without succumbing to feelings of hopelessness ourselves? In this workshop, Becca Edwards-Powell draws primarily from dialectical behavioral therapy to offer guidance on effective practices with individuals who are suffering from layers of hardship and distressing life circumstances.
Becca E. Edwards-Powell, LCSW is Director of Staff Development at Carolina Outreach, LLC, where she trains and supervises clinical staff, provides case consultation, and clinical quality management. She is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She began a DBT program at Carolina Outreach and oversees DBT services, consultation teams, and development for 40 therapists and 100 clients participating in DBT. Becca also serves as a training consultant UNC’s partnership with Area Health and Education Centers (AHEC). Before joining Carolina Outreach in 2008, she had served as client services director at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and support group coordinator at the Family Violence Prevention Center.