Understanding Trauma: Based on the book The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $47

Live & Interactive Zoom Webinar!

Presentation Slides PDF Included!

NCASPPB Approved for 3 Hours EBP/PSY

NBCC Approved Provider #7091

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists

Course Level: All Levels

According to Bessel Van Der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps The Score, “while we want to move beyond trauma, the part of our brain that is devoted to ensuring our survival (deep below our rational brain) is not very good at denial..[and] this precipitates unpleasant emotions, physical sensations, and impulsive and aggressive actions.” The goal of this training is to have a better understanding of trauma, toxic stress and adversity, and be able to have a greater compassion for those served. In this training, we will cover the definition of trauma, how the “body keeps the score” (changes in the chemistry of the body), how these changes affect behavior, thinking, and emotion, and the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).

Learning Objectives:

Discuss What it Means to “Face the Trauma”

The Rediscovery of Trauma – Learning About Revolutions in Understanding the Mind & Brain through Neuroscience

What Happens to Our Brain During Trauma? Body-Brain Connections and the Anatomy of Survival

Explore Attachment & Attunement Through the Examination of the Cost of Abuse & Neglect

Meet Your Facilitator

This series is led by Shannon McCabe, MA, LCAS, CCS, CCJP, CPS who is a multi-discipline masters level professional. Shannon is a Durham native. Her undergraduate degrees are in sociology and criminal justice. Shannon also has her MA in Forensic Psychology as well as a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.  She started her career in education and worked for many years with gang-involved youth. Shannon also provides Clinical Supervision for aspiring Alcohol & Addiction Counselors and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists.

After transitioning from education to full-time mental health, Shannon spent many years working with adolescents and adults struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, and/or substance use disorder, and chronic homelessness. Shannon offers over 20 years of experience working with these vulnerable populations. Shannon also believes in and strongly supports harm reduction initiatives as well as being an ally in the fight to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are treated with dignity and respect in their journey in recovery.

In her spare time, Shannon rehabilitates wildlife and believes strongly in the healing impact of animals in the therapeutic setting.


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