Working with Trauma Survivors - What You’ll Wish You’d Known & What Will Help You Move Forward
Course: Working with Trauma Survivors - What You’ll Wish You’d Known & What Will Help You Move Forward
Instructor: Lynette S. Danylchuk, Ph.D.
Approved for 2.0 Hour of CE Credit
CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
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This is an introductory overview webinar designed for people, trauma informed or not, working with trauma survivors in any capacity. Having some basic knowledge on the effects of different levels of trauma and ways to work with people who have PTSD, Complex PTSD, or Dissociative issues, can make the difference between complicated, retraumatizing experiences with the client or being able to help the client engage and move forward.
A 2021 report by Mental Health America on the state of mental health in America, identifies the Covid-19 pandemic as the cause of a growing traumatic mental health crisis for adults and children in this country. The number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed in 2020, seeing a 93% increase in anxiety screening and 62% increase in depression screening, compared to 2019.
This webinar will describe the different types of trauma - single, complex, and developmental - giving illustrations of each, and guidelines on how to work with the different categories of survivors. Participants will learn about behaviors that are common with survivors of trauma that interfere with their ability to take in the help they have sought. One common problem is being trapped in the rigid roles of Victim, Abuser, Rescuer, known as Karpman’s Triangle, the “Bermuda Triangle” of relationships where people get lost in dynamics that have no possibility of success.
Being able to identify common post-traumatic behavior patterns and realizing they are part of the trauma, and having ways to work with them will make working with these people more effective and comfortable for everyone. The webinar material will also address the ethical considerations for when clinicians should seek consultation with a trauma-informed therapist and/or make appropriate client referrals.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify the three types of trauma
- Explain the basic neurology of trauma
- Describe the Karpman’s Triangle and how it impacts interactions with helping professionals