What Didn’t Get to Happen: Understanding the Lasting Effects of Childhood Trauma & Helping Clients Heal

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: Hailey Shafir, MEd, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, Catholic Charities via Zoom

Extensive research has shown that childhood trauma has many adverse physical, social, and emotional effects that can persist across the lifespan. This course will provide an advanced understanding of these effects with specific examples of ways they can present later in life. Clinicians will also learn about specific relationship patterns, mental illnesses, and physical health problems that are commonly reported by people who experience different types of early trauma.

Clinicians will be provided with case studies, breakout activities, and interactive discussions aimed at helping to identify old trauma wounds and to facilitate the healing process. A wide range of theories, interventions, and exercises will be shared and practiced to help equip clinicians with applicable skills they can use in sessions. Clinicians will leave the training with a more advanced understanding of childhood trauma, how it can show up later in life, and specific ways to help clients build resilience and begin the process of healing.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Participants will learn about major findings of the Adverse Childhood Events study including specific adult risk health and mental health factors linked to childhood trauma
  2. Participants will become familiar with the ACES, PCES, and Adult Resilience surveys and know how to use these responsibly in therapy sessions with clients and families
  3. Participants will be able to identify the 3 categories of coping styles, examples of maladaptive styles of coping, ways they can manifest in adulthood
  4. Participants will learn at least 3 different trauma interventions drawn from Evidence Based Practices they can use with survivors of childhood trauma to help build resilience


8:30am-8:45am: Introductions & overview of agenda & course format

8:45-10:30am: Introduction & review of ACES, PCES and Adult Resilience surveys:

  • Major findings of the foundational Keisler ACEs study & specific risk factors correlated with high ACE scores
  • Overview of attachment wounds and trauma responses and what to look and listen for in sessions
  • Introduction to ACES & PCES surveys, how to use them, ethical and therapeutic benefits & risks associated with their use, as well how to identify and prevent retraumatization and ‘flooding’ in sessions
  • How to provide psychoeducation to clients about ACE scores and childhood trauma
  • Strengths-based approaches that can be used to incorporate PCES and Adult Resilience surveys with clients who experienced childhood trauma

10:30-10:40am: Break

10:40-12:200pm: Identifying coping styles & helping clients who experienced childhood trauma heal using Evidence-based treatment interventions:

  • Introduction to the 3 major styles of coping and examples and case studies of each
  • Breakout activities with case studies to identify coping styles and evaluate adaptive and maladaptive consequences of different coping skills
  • Examples of interpersonal patterns and conflict and communication styles typical in those who experienced early childhood adversity and trauma
  • Review of corrective emotional experiences in counseling, their effects, and how to facilitate the use of them to accelerate healing in clients who experiences early trauma and attachment wounds
  • Review, role-play, and practice of interventions for trauma drawn from: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including TF-CBT), Somatic theories (EMDR, SE and EFT), & 3rd wave behavior therapies (including DBT, MBCT, and ACT)

12:20-12:30pm: Wrap up, summary, and Q & A

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

About The Trainer
Hailey Shafir is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, a licensed addiction specialist, and a board-approved clinical supervisor for newly licensed mental health and addiction counselors. She has more than a decade of experience providing counseling, developing programs for at-risk youth, people struggling with addictions, and providing training and supervision for clinicians. She is the owner of several businesses including Keep Counsel, Plan-it Therapy, IndyWind, and Therapy Cred. Hailey is also a content writer and medical peer reviewer for Addictions.com, the National Drug Helpline, Choosing Therapy, Rehab Adviser, Searchlight, Social Pro Now, and other sites, and has worked to develop online recovery apps and programs for people struggling with addictions and impulse control disorders.


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