Family Systems and Complex Trauma

Dates: October 25, 2019

Meets: F from 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM

Location: GRAND RAPIDS - BIK 230

COURSE: $99.00

The workshop will focus on what variables to consider when introducing clinical treatment for traumatic stress, and identifying the benefit and drawback to each approach. Basic concepts of EMDR will be discussed, as well as basic concepts of TF-CBT. The workshop will synthesize concepts from attachment theory and family systems. Within the family systems discussion, internal family systems, structural and bowenian theory and their application to traumatic families will be discussed. Finally, the most current research available regarding sleep and burnout will be addressed.

Objectives: Participants will

1. Identify basic premises of TF-CBT and EMDR and their application to youth with developmental trauma.
2, Identify special considerations working with youth and families and complex trauma. Theory will based on Structural and Bowenian family therapy concepts.
3. Identify tools to assist in determining which evidence based model for PTSD would be most appropriate between TF-CBT, EMDR as well as their integration with a family focused context.
4. Learn self-care concepts with particular emphasis toward sleep hygiene will be discussed, providing participants with practical, research based steps to improve sleep habits, applicable for both families served and participants.
5. Learn attachment styles with particular emphasis toward disrupted or disorganized attachment will be discussed as well as techniques to further safety within the family.
6. Understand a brief overview of Internal Family Systems theory and it’s theoretical applications in working with dissociation and repressed memory.

Recommended for LBSW and LMSW beginning skill level.
Fee: $99.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)COURSE$ 99.00
Course Fee (Alternate)SSW Field Education Supervisor$ 66.00
Course Fee (Alternate)GVSU Social Work Faculty$ 15.00


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Grand Rapids, MI 49504


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