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Healing complex trauma presented by Michael Lambert, Ph.D. | Full-size SLIDES | Printable handouts: 3-per-page-with-notes or 6-per-page


MondMichael Lambertay, March 7 , 2016, 12-2 pm, at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  

When: Monday, March 7, 2016, 12-2 pm, with a catered meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

CEUs2 hours

Fees: $35/workshop (includes light lunch)
  • Free of Charge to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office).
  • Free of charge for current UNC SSW students, faculty, and staff taken at register.
  • Additional $6 charge for psychologists for Category A credit. (please bring day of event)

Registration: online pre-registration   (You may pre-register up until the day prior to the program.)

Description: Trauma work involves exposure to painful memories and emotions, including shame, grief, anger, sadness. Because exposure work holds risks of re-traumatization as well as potential escalation of negative coping behaviors, practitioners need to gauge when and how it is appropriate to proceed. In this workshop, Michael Lambert will focus on healing work with individuals who have experienced multiple or complex trauma and highlight areas for mindfulness along this journey. This includes how to ground oneself as a guide in healing work that is also painful, while following the client’s lead, and assessing for risk factors and vulnerabilities along the way. Dr. Lambert draws from his teaching and treatment experience in using trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy as well as psychodynamic approaches including body memory perspective in terms of trauma and will illustrate with case examples and narratives.

Michael Lambert, PhD 
is a Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches on evidence-based interventions, violence and trauma, and direct practice with individuals and families. His areas of expertise and research include trauma, violence prevention, emotional development, and cross-cultural competency. As a licensed psychologist, he also provides services to children, adults, and families at 3C Family Services in Cary, and previously practiced in variety of settings. Dr. Lambert has received many awards, including Outstanding Scientist of the 20th Century, Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, and serves as adviser to Know Violence, a global learning initiative aimed at promoting evidence based advocacy for the prevention of violence in childhood. Recently he was ranked as one of 14 top Black Social Work researchers nationally.

Handouts: All handouts for the event will be posted on the top of this event’s page

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Learning Objectives:  At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least 2 characteristics of complex trauma.
  2. Assess for at least 1 risk and vulnerability factor in individuals with complex trauma.
  3. Identify at least 1 technique from trauma-focused cognitive therapy and from the psychodynamic approaches as they relate to complex trauma.

Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and refund policies:  No refunds. You may transfer your place to a colleague. Please contact Deborah Barrett, Ph.D., LCSW at or (919) 843-5818 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs 2 hours

The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and  may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  2 Contact Hours.  

The program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is offered for hours of category A continuing education credit.

 Attendance Policy: – To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session. 

How to access UNC wireless: info on connecting to wireless at UNC

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at or 919-843-5818