Engaging with Clients from a Bottom-Up Approach

CE Hours: 6.0

Instructor: Stephen DiDonato, PhD

Wednesday June 19th, 2019, 8:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:30pm, Catholic Charities, Harrisburg, PA

This workshop is a continuation of Enhancing the Trauma-Informed Narrative, a workshop delivered in March 2019.  The main goal of this workshop is to help participants apply the core trauma concepts introduced in this previous workshop to a case study.  An integrated approach to trauma treatment is presented that builds on the core principles of Bloom’s Sanctuary Model, Perry’s Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics, and Herman’s Stages of Trauma Recovery. Focus is given to techniques and strategies for establishing safety and stability with clients impacted by traumatic exposure and traumatic responses.  The workshop applies Herman’s three stages of trauma recovery to engage participants in didactic and experiential learning that promotes healing with this population.  Using case-based learning, Bloom’s SELF (safety, emotion, loss/letting go, future) and Perry’s 3-R (regulate-relate-reason) frameworks are utilized to assist participants in developing and critiquing treatment objectives and goals. Throughout, participants are challenged to ensure that the language they use is healing-centered and not pathology oriented.

Objectives
As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

    1. Apply core trauma concepts to a child trauma case study
    2. Describe the differences between a top-down and a bottom-up approach to child trauma treatment
    3. Identify the three stages of trauma recovery
    4. Match different brain states to each stage of trauma recovery
    5. Critique a treatment plan from a neurobiology-of-trauma perspective
    6. Create a treatment plan for a child case study using a bottom-up approach

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