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May 2019 NHPA Trauma Symposium

Thursday, May 02, 2019
This Is A Two-Day Event! Register For One Or Both Days!  May 2nd & 3rd
Early Bird Rates Are Available Until April 3rd


Day One“Why Didn’t Anybody Ask?”: Trauma Informed Care, Ethics, and the Mental Health Provider

With Dr. Cassie Yackley

Workshop Description: 

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study conducted by Anda & Felitti (1998) launched an explosion of research and professional action aimed at addressing the high prevalence of traumatic exposure among the U.S. population (and beyond).  Human service organizations/providers have been adopting a “trauma-informed” approach in recognition that a vast majority of people who interface with the mental health system (especially within the community mental health system and/or psychiatric/residential settings) have had complex traumatic experiences, and further, that involvement in those very systems can inadvertently cause re-traumatization, increased stigma, and a loss of personal agency and control—all of which exacerbate the impact of trauma. 

As mental health providers, it is an ethical imperative that we explore deeply our role in addressing ACEs.  What role has avoidance played in our own willingness to talk about trauma?  What myths in our field have perpetuated the lens of “disorder vs. distress?” 

This training will provide instruction that can build upon providers’ familiarity with the literature and/or experiences with the intersection of trauma and mental health, including:  1) identification of trauma through the administration of a formal trauma measure, 2) the provision of trauma psychoeducation to clients and colleagues, and 3) key elements of effective trauma treatment.  Participants are invited to reflect on what we know and what we believe about trauma and mental health by exploring and understanding the utility, application, and limitations of a trauma-informed approach to our clinical and ethical decision-making process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List 2-3 ethical issues related to trauma-informed approaches and describe how these issues may impact clinical intervention and/or relationship
  2. Explain at least 2 key elements of effective trauma treatment
  3. Identify 2 personal and/or 2 professional barriers that may arise when working with a trauma-informed approach
  4. Identify 2 or more concrete changes to proactively address such barriers

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Yackley has worked in the field of mental health with a specialty focus on trauma and child maltreatment.  She provided psychotherapy to traumatized youth and families for nearly 25 years and directed an APA-accredited doctoral internship training program for a decade, before shifting fully to a training and consultation role in trauma-informed care systems transformation.  As the administrative director of a multi-year statewide implementation project aimed at creating a trauma-informed child welfare system, Dr. Yackley trained all child protection and juvenile justice professionals throughout NH in screening and referrals for trauma impacted youth.  She developed a training curriculum in trauma-informed early childhood services (TIECS) that has been used to train at least a thousand early childhood providers.  In her efforts to create trauma-responsive systems, Dr. Yackley has been fortunate to collaborate with a broad range of providers through New England, including: schools, police departments, mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, home visiting programs, child care centers, child advocacy centers, homeless shelters, and residential treatment facilities.

Day TwoAn Introduction to Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

With Dr. David Yusko

Workshop Description:

This workshop begins with a brief review of the research supporting Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE). We will then move into a review of the diagnosis and evidence-based assessment of PTSD. We find that a solid assessment leads to the best implementation of treatment based on a sound understanding of the presenting problem. From there, the workshop will focus on how PE is effectively delivered to patients presenting with a primary diagnosis of PTSD. This will include lectures, role plays, and video illustrations of actual patients in order to demonstrate how PE is performed. Using PE with special populations, such as those who are substance dependent, have borderline personality disorder, and other common comorbidities will also be discussed. The main difference between the one day and two workshops will be the amount of detail the workshop will go into regarding the delivery of PE.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the research base supporting the use of PE as an effective treatment for PTSD 
  2. Learn how to utilize evidence-based assessment measures for PTSD to help determine if a client is a good candidate for PE and how to use these measures in treatment to monitor outcomes
  3. Broadly review what a 10-session treatment course of PE involves for the therapist and patient
  4. Observe video illustrations of how to deliver key rationale components for PE
  5. Discuss common barriers to PE implementation – mainly how to address avoidance of trauma reminders and encourage ongoing practice with exposure exercises

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Yusko is nationally recognized as an expert in prolonged exposure (PE) therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is a certified PE therapist and supervisor by Dr. Edna Foa. Dr. Yusko is also an expert in anxiety disorders with particular expertise in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. He is also certified as an exposure and response prevention (EXRP) therapist and supervisor for  OCD by Dr. Edna Foa. He received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As a graduate student, Dr. Yusko was supported by a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism training grant under the expert mentorship of Dr. Barbara McCrady, a national leader in the field of alcohol use disorders. Dr. Yusko completed his predoctoral internship training at Montefiore Medical Center, a part of Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Upon completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Yusko joined The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Yusko joined CTSA in order to coordinate a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funded clinical trial examining the sequential versus concurrent treatment of PTSD and alcohol dependence. Dr. Yusko is one of a handful of experts in the world on the concurrent treatment of PTSD and substance use disorders. Dr. Yusko is also a treating clinician for the National Football League for players that violate the league’s substances of abuse rules. He was trained in sports psychology by Dr. Charlie Maher, sports psychologist for the Cleveland Indians baseball organization, and continues to work with athletes of all levels. Dr. Yusko has presented on issues associated with OCD and PTSD at local and national professional organizations, he has appeared on television and been interviewed by multiple media outlets.




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