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Life After Trauma: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Revitalize Interrupted Lives

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Central Time
Online Webinar
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The concept of emotional avoidance offers organization to the functional analysis of trauma-related problems and lends coherence to understanding the sequalae of trauma (Walser & Hayes, 2006).

Many individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD are struggling with traumatic memories, painful feelings and unwanted thoughts, and they take great efforts to avoid these private experiences. The avoidance or control of private, negatively evaluated internal experience, understandably, often becomes a key goal of many trauma survivors and has a powerful impact on individuals diagnosed with PTSD.

One therapeutic alternative to emotional or experiential avoidance is acceptance. Acceptance can create a new context from which the trauma survivor may view the world and the self. If efforts to control private experience are relinquished as a means to mental health, then efforts to take healthy action, while still acknowledging emotion and thought, can lead to valued and life-enhancing behavioural changes.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a structured intervention that applies acceptance techniques to internal experience while encouraging positive behaviour change that is consistent with individual values and goals. This presentation will focus on a brief introduction to ACT and application of ACT to PTSD.

Members $20 / Nonmembers $40 (without CE)
Members $35 / Nonmembers $55 (with CE)

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Going the Distance: The Journey of Three Organizations' Implementation of the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT
NCTSN Learning Center
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In this webinar, Liz Sharda, LMSW, Independent Trainer/ Consultant’ Monte Ephraim, LCSW-C, Director of Professional Development and Training, Board Child Care; and, Rene’ Ledford, MSW, LCSW, BCBA, Director of Behavior Health Quality, Children’s Home Society of Florida will share how the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT) has been implemented in three different states by non-profit organizations, in partnership with their child welfare jurisdictions.

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Facilitated Discussion of Traumatic Separation

Monday, May 23, 2016
9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT
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Monday, May 23, 2016

12:00pm Eastern / 9:00am Pacific

Facilitated Discussion – Traumatic Separation

Discussants: Judy Cohen, Amnoni Myers, Liza Simon Roper will be discussing the impact of traumatic separation and children and families.

Hope you’ll Join us!

Consultation Call

Topic                       Traumatic Separation

Date                        May 23, 2016

Time                        11:00 am | Central Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00) | 1 hr (12:00 EST, 9:00 PST)

Phone                      # 1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada) | Code 732 824 456

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It is common knowledge that being separated from a parent or caregiver can be extremely overwhelming for some children. Unlike when a separation is due to death, there are other types of separations when a parent is alive but not available – like when children are removed due to abuse and neglect, change foster home placements, or experience a termination of parental rights. In these circumstances, children may develop post traumatic responses such as the following:

  • intrusive thoughts, images, or memories of what happened coming into their mind when they don’t want them to
  • nightmares
  • disturbing images reenacted in play or depicted in art
  • avoiding reminders of what happened, such as people, places, situations, or things associated with the traumatic separation
  • negative beliefs about oneself, others, or what happened
  • negative changes in mood (e.g., sadness, anger, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame)
  • changes in behavior (e.g., increased anger, aggressiveness, oppositional behaviors, irritability, clinginess, sleep problems, withdrawal) self-destructive thoughts, plans, or actions
  • problems thinking, paying attention, or concentrating
  • physical symptoms (e.g., stomach aches, headaches)

If you are working with or caring for a child who exhibits any of the above, and wonder if their separations/changes in placements may be making it harder for them to adjust, please consider joining this discussion! We will focus not only on explaining what traumatic separation is but also, things to consider that might reduce the likelihood that future separations will be experienced as traumatic.

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Alternatives for Families: a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - Friday, May 27, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsoring Agency: 
University of Pittsburgh

You are invited to participate in an intensive training & year-long collaboration.

AF-CBT is an evidence based, family-centered treatment designed to address family conflict, coercion and hostility, aggression, and child physical abuse. AF-CBT teaches individual and family skills to strengthen relationships and safety routines using coordinated and structured training methods. This model seeks to help family members improve their communication and problem solving skills, help parents to effectively support and discipline their children, and help children
manage difficult emotions and respond more competently to interpersonal challenges.

A session guide and family-friendly handouts are included for training participants, as well as a 1-day advanced training session to be held approximately 6 months after the initial training session. During the consultation period, our trainer will provide detailed feedback on submitted session audio and will also be available for Q&A by e-mail. You will also get access to the trainee section of the AF-CBT website, where you can take advantage of useful features such as assessment scoring applications, extra handouts, and other helpful tools.


Practitioners or supervisors with
master’s degree in a relevant field who
work with children, adolescents, and
their caregivers.

For information or assistance, please
call (412) 246-5887. For more
information about AF-CBT, visit us
online at

The cost of this training is $1,500 per
participant. Register before April 1,
2016 for a $200 “Early Bird” discount!