CityU Workshop: Working with Trauma Survivors

CityU Workshop: Working with Trauma Survivors

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Working With Trauma Survivors: Providing Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma Therapy

Trauma-Workshop_CityUJanet Brodsky, LICSW, will lead a workshop at CityU on Friday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to outline the core components of trauma-informed care and how practitioners can address trauma and violence history in clients.

Trauma-informed care is an organizational and treatment framework rooted in an understanding of the impact of trauma and the specific needs of trauma survivors. A program, organization or care system is considered “trauma-informed” when it:

  • demonstrates an understanding of trauma and its effects;
  • recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients and staff;
  • creates a safe physical and emotional space;
  • supports client choices and control;
  • fully integrates knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
  • seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.

The field of trauma-informed care is relatively young, and there are a number of therapeutic approaches being promoted to reduce traumatization. However, not everyone works in a trauma specialty clinic or practice, and not every client is ready for trauma-specific therapy when they are first seen for services. For providers, having solid guiding principles and tools to assess, address and apply trauma-informed care is essential in creating systems-wide services that identify and meet clients’ needs at various levels of severity and readiness.

This workshop will be applicable to work in counseling, human services and healthcare, and will cover the primary components of trauma-informed care, including:

  • understanding the impacts of traumatic experiences;
  • recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients;
  • understanding policies and procedures that integrate knowledge of trauma and that seek to avoid re-traumatization; and
  • understanding the importance of a safe physical and emotional space that accommodates the vulnerabilities of trauma survivors.

In the morning session, participants will explore what professionals can do to ensure that they are providing trauma-informed care, including an in-depth look at the initial screening and assessment of clients. The afternoon session focuses on several evidence-based options for providing trauma therapy and includes live demonstrations of trauma-specific techniques.

This workshop will be interactive and will provide specific knowledge and skills to professionals who work in agencies that do not specialize in trauma, as well as to therapists who work with trauma survivors.

This event is open to CityU students, alumni and faculty, and the general public.

6 CEUs available for LMHCs, LICSWs, LMFTs, CDPs, Psychologists, and Nurses • 6 Clock Hours available for educators

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About the Presenter

Janet Brodsky, LICSW, is a therapist and educator with over 30 years of experience in trauma assessment and treatment. She has worked in the social work and counseling field since 1978, and is a specialist the field of traumatic stress counseling. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Washington in 1986, and was a therapist at Harborview Center for Traumatic Stress from 1990 through early 2003. In the spring of 2003, she opened her own practice, where she continues to provide trauma-specific therapy, consultation and training. Janet has a passion for assisting under-served communities, including refugees and people affected by discrimination.

From 2005-2010, Janet also served as Lead Instructor and Coordinator for the UW Certificate in Psychological Trauma and received an award for Teaching Excellence in 2007 for her work in that program. She now teaches a Trauma Therapy Intensive program every Fall in Olympia, WA in addition to the other trainings she provides.


Questions about this conference should be directed to Liz Stevens, at lizstevens@cityu.edu.