Navigating a Life of Trauma

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Navigating a Life of Trauma*

Traumatic events can leave scars that run deep and impact development across the lifespan. Since responses to trauma are unique, clinicians often wonder how to address this safely. This course provides an overview of the ACES study and assessment tool. Participants will consider development from a trauma perspective and the potential for developing substance use disorders. Participants will also examine their own trauma informed aptitude. The 5 Core Values of a Trauma Informed System of Care will be presented through case study. This will serve to identify any modifications clinicians may need to make in treatment, the environment or approach. Course concludes with a discussion about self-care.

*This course is presented in 2 modules. Participants must attend BOTH days to be eligible for CE's.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

•  Identify the various impacts of trauma throughout the lifespan

•  Discuss substance use disorders as part of a trauma informed approach

•  Apply a trauma informed approach to the screening, assessment and intervention process

•  Incorporate grounding techniques for triggers

•  Apply the 5 Core Values of Trauma Informed Care

•  Summarize the need for self-care in a trauma informed system 

Presenter: Kathryn Bedard Townsend, MA, RMIII

Kathryn, has been in the field of human services since 1972. Her experience has been as a clinician, program developer and administrator. During the 9/11 attacks, she was selected by the Commissioner of Human Services to have a key role in logistics coordination and operations, New Jersey response to the World Trade Center at Liberty Family Assistance Center; and wrote a book about her extraordinary team of clinicians: "Stones in My Heart Forever 9-11: A Journey Through Courage, Strength and Hope." Authorhouse, 2008.

Throughout the past 40 years, Kathryn has held leading positions in various clinical settings, State government, and as a private consultant. She has also served as a Field Reviewer: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for several TIPs. During Kathryn’s tenure with the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services she represented the Commissioner of Human Services in the Governor’s Task Force for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also served as NJDHS representative to the Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma. Kathryn’s last role with the DMHAS was Chief, Special Populations where she also served a Team Leader for the Statewide Trauma Informed Care. She was responsible for overseeing a large-scale systems conversion, statewide planning, leadership in, and coordination of program development, training curricula development and implementation, technical assistance, policy, and clinical leadership within hospital and community programs of the public mental health system of care to address the needs of individuals with trauma.

Kathryn is a Certified Practitioner in Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT) and is Certified as both a Practitioner and Trainer in Mental Health First Aid. Kathryn has been a faculty member at Rutgers Schools of Social Work and Addiction Studies since 1998. Kathryn may be accompanied by a co-presenter.

CE's New Jersey Credentials:

This course “Navigating a Life of Trauma” and the trainer, Kathryn Townsend have been approved by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of NJ. This course, provided by Behavioral Health Matters, approval #403042524REC6s is approved for 6 continuing education credit hours by the APCBNJ. Credentials issued by the APCBNJ, the NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners and the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners recognize such courses. This 6 CE course is approved for social work continuing education hours in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4c12.

CE's New York: 

Behavioral Health Matters, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers; provider approval #SW-0443. Social workers attending this Live-Online course titled: “Navigating a Life of Trauma” will receive three (3) continuing education contact hours.


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