Understanding the Impact of Trauma

2.5 CEU Hours

$19.99

This course is vital for therapists and healthcare providers. As our field advances, we are learning more and more how trauma affects the brain and contributes to poor health, violent relationships, substance abuse, and the self-defeating behaviors many of our clients engage in. As a psychotherapist, assessor, or healthcare provider, you encounter individuals every day who are struggling to overcome trauma of some type or another. For many, alcohol and drugs are the method of coping. And while it is easy to be judgmental, understanding the horrific trauma endured by these individuals and the ultimate effect on their lives can make us much more understanding, much less judgmental, and much more equipped to render the help they need … and deserve.

Description

This course is vital for therapists and healthcare providers. As our field advances, we are learning more and more how trauma affects the brain and contributes to poor health, violent relationships, substance abuse, and the self-defeating behaviors many of our clients engage in. As a psychotherapist, assessor, or healthcare provider, you encounter individuals every day who are struggling to overcome trauma of some type or another. For many, alcohol and drugs are the method of coping. And while it is easy to be judgmental, understanding the horrific trauma endured by these individuals and the ultimate effect on their lives can make us much more understanding, much less judgmental, and much more equipped to render the help they need … and deserve.

Note to Students:  This course was written with mutual collaboration between Matt McMillan, JD,CCJAS and Susan McMillan, LMHC, CAP. Unless otherwise noted, sections which discuss societal trends and areas of major societal concern were primarily written by Matt McMillan, and sections which concern diagnostic assessment, counseling, and treatment were written by Susan McMillan and appear in dark blue.

Objectives

By the end of the course students will:

  • Learn the history behind the ACE test and its ground-breaking therapeutic implications. (Matt McMillan)
  • Understand the physical, psychological, and neurological effects of trauma on the brain, body and nervous system. (Susan McMillan)
  • Recognize the reactions to trauma and the role of self-defeating behavior as a copying mechanism in traumatized clients. (Susan McMillan)
  • Understand the Trauma Drug Loop. (Susan McMillan)
  • Review and evaluate the various treatment approaches. (Susan McMillan)
  • Be prepared to recognize and counter the possible negative effects of working with traumatized clients as a therapist. (Susan McMillan)

Student Reviews

“Very organized and informative. I think the course was quite relevant to issues with patients in my practice. In my opinion no change is necessary.”

— Barbara Kelban, LCSW


“I have been working in the fields of psychiatry and substance abuse for more than 25 yrs. This course presented material I was not familiar with, often siting informative studies that I believe will be valuable in my practice. Thank You!”

— Elizabeth Rose, LMHC, Dade Co, FL