Trauma Stabilization: A Map and Rules of the Road

Trauma Stabilization: A Map and Rules of the Road

Workshop Description:
Stabilization is the first and foremost order of business when dealing with the treatment of trauma. This day-long workshop for mental health professionals will draw on the wisdom and tools of the masters in the field while providing a coherent roadmap and “rules of the road”. Topics include trauma-informed assessment, teaching emotion regulation, limiting self-harming behaviors, integrating disparate parts of self, and therapist self-care.

About the Presenter:
Sharon Gold-Steinberg, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who maintains a full-time therapy and consulting practice in Ann Arbor. She dedicates her career both to treating trauma and to educating mental health and allied professionals who work with traumatized populations. She was a clinical supervisor and lecturer at the University of Michigan for 15 years. Sharon is a certified practitioner of Sensorimotor psychotherapy. She is a co-founding member of Partners in Healing and of Therapist Refresh.

Date and Time:
Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Lunch on your own from noon- 1:30 pm)

Go Where Meetings Matter, 4735 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108 (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE IN LOCATION)

Cost: $150

Discount: Early registration discount of $130 if register before 6 pm on October 1, 2018

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the clinical presentation of post traumatic stress disorder and attachment wounding.
  2. Apply criteria for working within each of the 3 phases of a trauma treatment plan.
  3. Describe 2 strategies each for regulating client states of hyperarousal, hypoarousal, and flashback.
  4. Explain how to use mindfulness to support the leadership of a client’s Wise Self.
  5. Describe how to use a strength-based approach in responding to self-harming or maladaptive behaviors of clients.
  6. List three strategies that clinicians can employ to cultivate a therapeutic alliance that is compassionate, boundaried, and emphasizes the therapist’s role as guide rather than rescuer.

Schedule of Day:
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast, Coffee and Tea
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Rule of the Road #1: Stay in your Lane
Know which phase of treatment and with what kind of trauma you are working
Rule of the Road #2: Act as Tour Guide or Benign Traffic Cop, not Ambulance Driver
Be clear about the limits and boundaries of your role
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break & Refreshments
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Rule of the Road #3: Obey the Speed Limit
Keep Clients in their Window of Tolerance
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on your own.
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Rule of the Road #4: No Underage Drivers—Wise Self Steers the Car
Introduction to Janina Fisher’s model to facilitate leadership of the Wise Self, collaborative teamwork among parts of self, and the development of an internalized secure attachment
Rule of the Road #5: No Drinking and Driving
Teach clients how to compassionately understand and limit self-harming behaviors
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break and Refreshments
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Rule of the Road #6: No Triggered Drivers
Help clients recognize implicit trauma memories and halt flashbacks


Register online

Cancellation Policy: Full refund if notice received before 8 a.m. on November 3, 2018.

Intended Audience: Psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists are encouraged to attend.

Continuing Education Credits: Eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit for psychologists and social workers. Fee of $25 is payable to the Institute for Continuing Education. Paperwork provided on site for participants to send in on their own.

Session Ranking: This workshop is appropriate for mental health professionals at all levels of expertise.

Fees Include: workshop, hand-outs, continental breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks, beverage service throughout the day!

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