Individual Trauma and Disaster Mental Health

Friday, April 1, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #616, Room 210A, Table 1
Thriving After Trauma: Strength-Based Therapy for Women
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Catherine Abernethy         
Can women thrive or only survive after trauma? What if counselors tapped the capacity for resilience in these clients? A strength-based foundation is gaining in the field of traumatology, and this session incorporates asset building with other approved approaches for counseling clients with trauma history, helping them gain control and predictability for growth beyond survival of trauma. A reference list and handouts for application are provided.


Friday, April 1, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Program ID #622, Room 210A, Table 2
Fundamentals of Trauma Processing
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Rebecca L. Pender         
The purpose of this roundtable is to provide mental health counselors with the necessary information to assist clients in identifying and processing traumas they may have experienced. The roundtable will highlight that trauma competency is an essential characteristic for helping professionals. This is an interactive roundtable on concepts and definitions of traumas, models of trauma processing, identification of clinically significant trauma presentations, and self-care during trauma work.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #641, Room 210A, Table 1
Supporting Families Following Sexual Abuse Using a Trauma Narrative Intervention
30-Minute Roundtable Session, Advanced
Jennifer M. Foster         
Families seeking counseling to address sexual abuse need services that support the child victim, parent(s), and family unit. This roundtable will provide an overview of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, an evidence-based approach that includes child, parent, and family sessions. The roundtable will discuss the trauma narrative intervention, and information will be provided regarding preparation for and implementation of the narrative family session. Case studies of family sessions will be shared.


Sunday, April 3, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Program ID #668, Room 210A, Table 3
Sexual Assault: An Innovative Therapeutic Approach for Survivors
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Jill Schwarz         
This discussion-based session will explore equine-assisted psychotherapy as an intervention for PTSD with survivors of sexual assault. A recent research study of clients and their counselors participating in this modality showed clinical gains and accelerated healing and growth in all of the participants. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and dialogue about how to incorporate this innovative treatment approach with survivors of trauma in their counseling practice.