Trauma-informed Training & Consultation
Psychotherapists get into the field for a variety of reasons, and we all have groups that we're passionate about helping. Something about a certain population or problem speaks to you, perhaps because you're a member of that group or because you've done through a similar situation. For instance, some people love working with couples because a couple therapist helped save their relationship. Or you might love working with people from the Middle East because you're from Palestine, for example. Maybe the heavy stuff, like grief or trauma, are not your thing. I get it, but it is my thing!
Nonetheless, you might be faced with a client who loses someone unexpectedly during the course of your work. They might have traumatic shock or not know how to cope. Alternatively, the person might reveal to you during their treatment that they were raped or sexually assaulted when they were younger. You didn't see this coming and you might be thinking, "Whoa! This is heavy! I don't know what to do. Should I refer out?" You don't necessarily have to stop treatment and force the client to form a whole new bond with a new therapist. If you are you a mental health professional who wants to know more about trauma and complicated grief, I would be honored to consult with you. I have 20 years post post licensure experience and much of it has been with treating trauma and grief.
On the other hand, maybe you're new to the field and want to learn more. You're also interested in these topics. If you could you use some guidance from someone who has been working in the field for two decades, I have a couple of options for you. One is my three-hour, on-demand class available through the Zur Institute on Traumatic Grief. This covers the latest research and treatment options for identifying and treating Traumatic Grief (also known as complicated grief or Prolonged Grief Disorder), in adults.
The other option is live consultation over HIPAA-secure video. I am licensed in California, so I cannot practice psychotherapy outside of the state. However, I provide consultation and answer questions about trauma, complicated grief, EMDR therapy, and clinical hypnosis for therapists wherever you're located. I would ask that you consult your state or country's laws about practicing therapy, but I can help you understand your client's needs and help you develop a solid treatment plan. While I am not an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, I do have years of experience with treating trauma survivors and people dealing with acute and complicated bereavement. If you would like to schedule a 50 minute consultation, please call me at (661) 233-6771.
On-demand course: Identification and Treatment of Traumatic Grief in Adults
This class is worth three (3) hours of continuing education for many mental health professionals, including psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers. It covers traumatic and complicated grief – not only what constitutes acute and prolonged grief, but also different treatment options. It even includes a hypnotic recording as an example of how you can use hypnosis with traumatic and complicated grief. The learning objectives are as follows:
Describe the differences between traumatic and normal grief
Explain significant symptoms and comorbid conditions of traumatic grief
Discuss at least three approaches to the treatment of traumatic grief in adults
Identify cultural and gender considerations in the treatment of traumatic grief.
If you're interested in taking the course, click here.
I look forward to hearing from you about how I can support your much-needed work with trauma survivors and people going through complicated mourning.