Saturday, November 4th, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm, ~ 6 CE Hrs
Alliant International University
One Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Stages Involved in Becoming an Informed and Effective Trauma Care Provider
Many that work in the trauma field are relatively un-aware of the fact that working with traumatized populations requires a continual reaffirmation of and commitment to evolving both as a human being and trauma-care provider. Making the commitment to evolve theoretically, psychologically, socially and philosophically is essential if individuals are going to develop and maintain sustainable, effective and productive careers as trauma informed psychotherapists.
Professional growth and commitment in the trauma field normally goes through a number of phases or stages that care-providers can usually only master when constantly exposed appropriate forms of research, theoretical knowledge, peer support, training, self-care, supervision, psychotherapy, mentoring and spiritual direction.
This workshop examines seven stages or phases that trauma providers normally pass through and must relatively master if they are going to develop the capacity to move further and further into the traumatic experiences and realities of the clients they serve.
Successfully negotiating and mastering all of these stages increases career longevity and success, as well as, militates against ending up vicariously traumatized, burned out, deprived of compassion and having to manage a range of problems that cut across all levels of physical, emotional, interpersonal, social and spiritual life.
It is essential therefore that trauma-informed providers work with and learn how the experiences of their clients challenge, damage, overturn or negate a great deal of what they know about themselves, other human beings, families, social institutions and/or God. In doing this psychological professionals can continue to grow and evolve as individual human beings and health care professionals, while enhancing their capacities to sit with, contain, explore, resolve and transcend a range of trauma generated issues. They can also discover what many of these materials suggest about contemporary human beings and how they choose to interact with one another.
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Robert Grant PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has an international reputation in the area of psychological trauma. For over twenty years he has worked in more than 20 countries around the world and several disaster/war zones as a trauma consultant, educator, trainer and author. He is also one of the primary authors of the current Operational Trauma and Stress Protocol that the US Marine Corps currently uses worldwide. He is also author of Healing the Soul of the Church (Ministers Facing Their Histories of Abuse and Trauma) 1994, The Way of the Wound (A Spirituality of Trauma and Transformation) 1997, Living and Working in Environments of Violence (A Resource Manual for Humanitarian Workers) 2002, A Healing Response to Terrorism (A Handbook for Psychological and Spiritual First Responders) 2004, Vicarious Trauma (Handbook for Professionals Working with Victims of Trauma ) 2006, I Love a War Veteran (Handbook for Veterans, Professionals and Family Members Working with Victims of Combat Stress and Trauma) 2007, Complicated Trauma (A Practitioners Manual) 2009, The Challenge of Forgiveness (As Faced by Victims of Abuse and Betrayal) 2010, Anger, Healing and Forgiveness (6 hour CD) 2010 and Dissociation Handbook, 2013. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and some of his writings can be viewed at http://in-sigththerapy.blogspot.com/2013/06/trauma-and-spiritual-journey.html