The Neurobiology of Trauma: Translating Research into Practice
Friday, April 7, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Client presentations of trauma and traumatic stress are some of the most complex and yet common cases for mental health professionals. Neuroscience research during the past few decades has expanded our understanding of the neural mechanisms that underlie traumatic stress. In this training, clinicians learn how to integrate this information into client work through conceptualizing, explaining, and intervening from a neuroscience-informed perspective. The most recent research information regarding the neurobiology of traumatic stress will be reviewed, alongside core principles of the neuroscience literature pertinent to traumatic stress. Clinicians will gain experience with applying this information through interactive case studies, videos, and simulated role-plays.
This workshop will be useful for clinicians working with clients across the lifespan (i.e., child, adolescent, adult, geriatric), and in a variety of clinical settings. The skill of understanding, explaining, and treating the neurobiology of traumatic stress is applicable in community mental health centers, inpatient hospital units, residential treatment centers, drug and alcohol treatment programs, schools, and college counseling centers. This workshop will also be useful for educators and supervisors who train students. During the presentation, recent research findings will be examined regarding brain-based knowledge with clients at different developmental stages and with different mental disorders.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Apply the most current research findings pertinent to traumatic stress, including research on effective counseling interventions, to their work with clients.
- Summarize the core principles of the neuroscience literature pertinent to traumatic stress, including implicit memory, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) and sympathetic-adrenal-medullary (SAM) axes, allostasis and allostatic load, homeostasis, polyvagal theory, neural plasticity, and bottom-up processing.
- Explain the neurobiology of trauma to clients, by practicing skills in neuroscience-informed interventions, through case studies and role-plays.
6 CEUs available for LMHCs, LICSWs, LMFTs, and CDPs; 6 Clock Hours available for Educators
About the Presenter
Dr. Thom Field has over 10 years of counseling experience with over 1,000 clients in a variety of settings. National board certified as a counselor (NCC, CCMHC) and supervisor (ACS), he is also a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State (LMHC). Dr. Field has provided national-level presentations on the topic of neuroscience in counseling. He is first author of published peer-reviewed articles in national journals on the topic of neuroscience-informed cognitive-behavior therapy and integrating neuroscience into counseling practice, as well as authoring/editing the first-ever neuroscience text published by the American Counseling Association. He is current Chair of the American Mental Health Counselors Association Neuroscience Interest Network, and current President of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association. He currently works as an Associate Professor at City University of Seattle in the Master of Arts in Counseling program, in addition to maintaining a small private practice in the Seattle area.
Questions about this conference should be directed to Liz Stevens, at email@example.com.
Space is limited so register early.
Cancellation Policy: Participants can cancel with a full refund up until March 31, one week before the workshop. There is no refund if canceling after March 31, 2017.