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A Salad bowl of solutions: understanding, preparing and implementing trauma treatment

Therapists often feel helpless and stuck around ways to engage and assist clients suffering from challenges such as Borderline Personality Disorder, dissociation, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, and underlying attachment disorders. This training will begin by offering a baseline understanding of how the brain digests experiences, how information becomes maladaptively stored, and the chemistry behind this process along with how Memory Reconsolidation helps to unlock the data. We will present several activities and interventions that balance brain chemistry and heal adversely affected areas of the brain. Evidenced based therapeutic interventions that offer efficient and effective options such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Seeking Safety along with popular models with promising research such as Schema Therapy and Positive Psychology will be presented. An outline for understanding the spectrum of dissociation along with helpful interventions such as Flash will also be provided. Presentation, discussion, handouts, experientials and client videos will be used to teach the materials

This course is for 12CE

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.



Harmonyhearth Center for Wisdom

Kriss Jarecki, ACSW, LCSW-R, has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1987. She was a faculty member of Trauma Institute/Child Trauma Institute for 8 years and is a consultant and trainer for Progressive Counting and EMDR. Kriss currently serves on the EMDR International Association Board of Directors and was a member of the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee for four years. She served as a co-regional coordinator for the WNY EMDR Regional Network for 10 years, worked for 7 years as a field instructor for the UB School of Social Work and has over ten years’ experience as a clinician and supervisor in the field of chemical dependency. Kriss currently has a private practice serving children through adults and treats challenges such as PTSD, self-injurious behaviors, depression, anxiety, phobias, and adjustment issues. She has published articles in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Traumatology and Counseling and Psychotherapy Research. You can contact Kriss at harmonyhearth64@gmail.com


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Dentists, Other: LMHC


Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss aspects of Adaptive Information Processing
  2. Cite at least 2 core concepts of DBT
  3. Demonstrate at least one DBT intervention 
  4. Describe at least 3 schemas
  5. Differentiate at least 3 grounding tools for dissociation
  6. Tell at least 3 of the 25 topics in Seeking Safety
  7. Quote the Flash Technique with clients
  8. Name at least 2 Positive Psychology interventions


Schedule     Both days 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (EST)                                                                                                                  


9:00-10:30- Trauma 101- How the brain digests experiences, how data gets stuck, signs and symptoms of when this happens, current research, etc.

10:30-10:45- Break

10:45-12:15- DBT- What is it, how does it work and interventions you can use

12:15-1:00- Lunch

1:00-2:30- Chemistry of the brain, Memory Reconsolidation and interventions for healing

2:30-2:45- Break

2:45-4:30- Schemas- What are they, what are your schemas, and a brief overview of working on schemas with clients. Wrapping up day 1



9:00-10:30- Spectrum of dissociation, detecting dissociation, grounding activities for dissociation- Creating a Sacred Space (version of Fraser’s Table)

10:30-10:45- Break

10:45-12:15- Seeking Safety- what is it, how does it work and experiential.

12:15-1:00- Lunch

1:00-2:30- Flash- what is it, how does it work and experiential

2:30-2:45- Break

2:45-4:30- Positive Psychology- what is it, how does it work and experiential.