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Trauma & Unrelenting Crises,
with Becca Edwards-Powell, LCSW | flyer | printable handouts and with notes

Monday November 13, 2017, 12-2 pm (arrive at 11:30 a.m. to sign in and for “meet and greet” reception catered by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Cafe)


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.

Learning objectives: By the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate at least 4 factors that lead to feelings of helplessness in therapists when working with clients who have multiple life crises.
  2. Name at least 2 practices that facilitate healing and fulfillment among survivors of multiple layers of hardship and trauma.
  3. Apply at least 2 evidence-based interventions to assist clients with increasing capacity and resiliency during distressing life circumstances.


  • Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder (1st ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
  • van der Kolk, B. (2015). The Body Keeps the Score (1st ed.). New York, NY: Penguin Publishing Group.
  • Hayes, (2006). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. In V. M. Follette & J. I. Ruzek (Eds.), Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Trauma, pp. TBA, Guildford Press: New York.
  • Nurius, P., Uehara, E., & Zatzick, D. (2013). Intersection of Stress, Social Disadvantage, and Life Course Processes: Reframing Trauma and Mental Health. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 16(2), 91–114.

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