Janet BrodskyWorking With Trauma Survivors: Providing Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma Therapy

Friday Oct. 2, 2015 | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)


Janet Brodsky, LICSW, will lead a workshop at CityU to outline the core components of trauma-informed care and how practitioners can address trauma and violence history in clients.

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, and CDPs. • 6 Clock Hours available for educators


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