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Format: Self-paced / asynchronous program
Engage with this recorded program on your schedule.

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4 CEs total, read for more information on CEs
Fee: $70, read for more information on fees and scholarships

Description: Trauma is widespread and heightened by the pandemic, continued violence, and empathy gaps. This workshop applies a trauma-informed CBT approach to enhance therapeutic work with clients and help navigate and potentially transform relationships in our trauma-laden society.  Dr. Reives will explore the triangles of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that arise during interaction and the relevance of understanding these as they are happening both in our clients and ourselves. Participants will learn a trauma-informed framework and tools to approach potentially triggering situations, recognize and operate within their own limits, and to scaffold vulnerable clients, without underestimating their capacity. This applies to therapeutic work regardless of theoretical orientation and in addressing trauma that reverberates through the school, justice, health and other community-based systems. The workshop is informed by evolving research on the neurobiology of trauma, its impact on individuals, families and communities, and best practices for helping them. 

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain at least 3 neurobiological and sociological implications of trauma and their impact on school, work, and community engagement.
  2. Apply at least 4 cognitive-behavioral practices for addressing trauma to work with children and adults.
  3. Discuss how reactions, including aggression and counter aggression, are rooted in perceptions and predictions.
  4. Employ an approach that uses intrapersonal and interpersonal strategies to increase emotional regulation in self and others.

    Trainer: Sarah Reives-Houston, Ph.D., PsyD (ABD) is the Director of Behavioral Health Springboard at the UNC School of Social Work. She has a Ph.D. in education psychology from Capella University and is completing her PsyD in clinical psychology and trauma from California Southern University. Dr. Reives-Houston is certified as a family trauma specialist and as a child and adolescent trauma specialist and engages in research and conducts training on recognizing, managing, and mitigating the impacts of trauma on client populations and service providers. Prior to coming to UNC, she was on the faculty at NC Central University, where she taught courses and oversaw research projects and evaluation programs. She has also developed training and curriculum materials on mental health, substance abuse, systems of care for individuals and families, and written technical reports for state, federal and specialized accountability and reporting bodies.



    1. Introduction and definitions
    2. Impact of trauma on biology and behavior
    3. Counter aggression and conflicting triangles
    4. Strategies to reduce stress and burnout



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