The NC State University Counseling Center Continuing Education Program
“Short-Term Trauma Informed Care for IPV Survivors”
Rebecca Edwards-Powell, MSW, LCSW
Director of Staff Development, Carolina Outreach, LLC.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Continuing Education Credit
North Carolina State University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. North Carolina State University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The NC State University Counseling Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina State University Counseling Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.5 CE Credits/Hours.
The NC State University Counseling Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The North Carolina State University Counseling Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 3.5 CE Credits/Hours
Summary of Content
Working with survivors of interpersonal violence can be a complex task for mental health professionals. This process becomes more complicated when considering common characteristics of the college student population. On a social level, many students are struggling with finding the balance of responsibilities and freedoms that come with the independence of college life. In addition, biological factors including the neurological vulnerability of brains that are still developing and prevalent substance use. This is also the age range in which biologically based mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may first be recognized and diagnosed.
This presentation will provide strategies for short-term, trauma-informed care, with a focus on survivors of interpersonal violence. The presentation will include research on short- and long-term effects of violence on emotional, cognitive, and biological processes of the survivor. In the second part, specific interventions for affect regulation, emotional experiences and expression, and distress tolerance will be covered. Common trauma-related beliefs and cognitive distortions will be discussed. The program will finish with strategies for teaching clients to identify early patterns of power and control in relationships. The presentation will utilize a combination of learning methods including didactic information, case examples, and experiential activities.
Participants will be able to:
1. Accurately describe the two short- and two long-term bio-psycho-social effects of trauma on survivors.
2. Provide clients with two trauma-informed interventions including distress tolerance and affect regulation skills.
3. Understand five common cognitive distortions and trauma-related beliefs.
4. Provide clients with three tools for early identification of power and control dynamics in interpersonal relationships.
This program is appropriate for mental health practitioners (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, professional counselors), as well as interns and graduate students who provide clinical services in university counseling centers in North Carolina and to off-campus providers who see our students. Training is at an intermediate level.
Summary of Presenter’s Education and Experience
Becca E. Edwards-Powell, MSW, LCSW is currently the Director of Staff Development at Carolina Outreach, LLC., where she trains and supervises clinical staff, provides case consultation, and clinical quality management. She joined Carolina Outreach in 2008 working with children and families and has held several roles within the agency during her tenure. Her background includes working with adult and child survivors of trauma in both group and individual therapy. Additionally, she has extensive training and experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to assist individuals with severe emotional dysregulation and impulsive behaviors. She oversees all DBT services, consultation teams, and development for 40 therapists and over 100 clients participating in DBT. She is nationally certified in TraumaFocused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Previously, Client Services Director at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, and Support Group Facilitator and Volunteer Coordinator at the Family Violence Prevention Center.
Professional and Ethical Issues
There is no commercial support for this CE program, instructor, content of instruction, or any other relationship that could be construed as a conflict of interest. There is no endorsement of products. Risks associated with the context of the course are limited to those the attendees would routinely face implementing clinical interventions.