CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
Mary Ann Gastiger
Laura K. Rhodes
Jamie Lynne Rygiel
Trauma Competency: A Clinician's Guide
Trauma Practice: Tools for Stablization and Recovery
Anna Baranowsky, Ph.D.
J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D.
Franklin D. Schultz, Ph.D.
For questions, comments, or more information, please contact:
Mike Dubi, President, IATP
President, Ed.D., IATP
J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D.
Michael Rank, Ph.D.
Board Member, IATP
Hi and welcome to the Spring, 2012 edition of TraumaPro, the IATP newsletter. TraumaPro is an open forum for IATP members and anyone interested in psychological trauma. This is consistent with the IATP mission of preparing professionals throughout the world to treat and conduct research on traumatic stress.
Don't miss our feature article on TraumaLine1, an opportunity for you to become part of a well known directory of trauma professionals that makes it easier for you to practice in your specialty and for survivors to find the care they need when they need it.
As the world becomes more aware of disaster and trauma up close and personal through the media, the need for trained professionals to respond and treat also becomes more apparent. As such, we welcome contributions from members of brief articles, announcements and anecdotes related to your work, research and other interests.
Please submit your article and topic suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org with complete contact information for our consideration. Of course, we reserve editorial license.
On behalf of the IATP board (Eric Gentry, Ph.D., Michael Rank, Ph.D., and myself) we hope you find TraumaPro pertinent and informative.
Mike Dubi, Ed.D., President
Certification Training Coming
in August 2012
Mike Dubi will be presenting a two-day IATP workshop leading to certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional. The workshop will be held on August 17 and 18 at the Child Protection Center, 720 S. Orange Ave, Sarasota FL 34236. The cost for the workshop is $225 which includes continuing education credits. To register please send a check or money order made to IATP, 5104 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34234. For more details or questions, contact Mike Dubi at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Sarasota!
by Beverly Mustaine, Ed.D., LPC, CCMHC, ACS
Trauma Competency: A Clinician's Guide
by Linda Curran
As the counseling field increasingly recognizes the need to provide psychological services to those who have experienced a trauma, many counselors are unprepared to do so. To help counselors understand the nature of the trauma experience and the therapy process, Linda Curran has written an excellent practical guide. Trauma Competency: A Clinician's Guide will become an essential resource for counselors who are seeking information and expertise on this subject.
The writer's work is a well-organized, practical, easy to read, carefully prepared volume, which covers all conceivable aspects of understanding and working with trauma. In addition to the excellent text, there are numerous handouts for clients, suggested assessment instruments, and relevant websites. The index is thorough, without being too detailed to use easily. The author infuses a sense of humor and makes even complex subjects (e.g., the anatomy and function of the brain) easy to understand.
The author begins the book with an overview of the brain's response to trauma and a discussion of Simple and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The remainder of the book focuses on the Stages of Therapy. Although therapy for trauma has been divided into three distinct stages (i.e., Stabilization, Working Through of Trauma, and Reintegration/Reconnection with Society), this book focuses mainly on the first two. For both of these stages, the author provides an overview of the therapy goals, assessment instruments, websites, and suggested specific interventions and exercises to use with clients. She draws from a variety of therapies so the information will fit counselors regardless of their theoretical orientation.
I would strongly recommend this book for counselors who wish to develop their skills in working with clients who have experienced trauma, as well as a required textbook in graduate courses on trauma counseling. As a clinical supervisor, I would make this book mandatory reading for my supervisees.
About the International Association of Trauma Professionals
Michael Dubi, Ed.D., LMHC
The International Association of Trauma Professionals is a non-profit association created in 2011 to address the need for a credible and stable membership organization for professionals in the field of traumatic stress treatment, intervention and education. IATP is also an international network of trauma professionals with a focus upon education, research, and competency-based certification in the treatment of trauma.
Currently, the IATP offers the Certified Clinical Trauma Professional certification in both distance learning (DVD) and open-enrollment formats. We have recently added the Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional certification in each of these formats also. Plans are underway for two additional tiers of certification (Expert & Master) in clinical traumatology and one additional tier in compassion fatigue (Expert). Additional courses and certification in the areas of Dissociative Disorders; Complex Trauma & Traumagenic Personality Disorders; Acute Stress, and Critical Incident Behavioral Health are currently being designed and slated for offerings in late 2012 and 2013.
The organization is led by three experts in the area of traumatic stress treatment and research: Michael Dubi, EdD; J. Eric Gentry, PhD; and Michael Rank, PhD. Together we have over 100 years of combined clinical and research experience in working with and studying traumatic stress. Our goal is to bring this expertise to light in intelligent, straight-forward, and easy-to-implement clinical and paraprofessional courses for those interested in furthering their knowledge in this growing field.
You are invited to visit the IATP website at www.traumaprofessional.net or email IATP at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
|Requirements for Re-certification
Certification is effective for two (2) years. To re-certify as a CCTP, members must submit at the end of the two-year period proof of completing twelve (12) continuing education credits. The CEUs must reflect trauma specific content. If a member does not meet the continuing education requirements at the end of the two-year certification period, he or she may take the certification examination to re-certify or attend an IATP sponsored course.
An updated certificate will be forwarded yearly upon IATP's receipt of the annual certification maintenance fee of $25. You may also pay $50 for two years.
The Association provides several avenues to obtain continuing education, including seminars throughout the USA, DVDs, and audio-taped lectures. We encourage members to avail themselves of the outstanding DVDs, CDs and live presentations offered by PESI/CMI.
In 1999, Dr. Anna B. Baranowsky established the Traumatology Institute in Canada offering a comprehensive training curriculum in post-trauma care. Courses include Early Intervention Field Trauma; Intake, Evaluation & Assessment; Group Approaches in Trauma Care; Tools for Trauma Care using a Cognitive Behavior Approach; and Supervision and Compassion Fatigue programs. As the Institute grew, individuals, organizations and institutions began to request information about how professionals could provide training and services within communities beyond the immediate reach of the Traumatology Institute. Requests for training clinicians within Canada and the United States came more frequently and with this the realization of a need for a directory of trauma care professionals. This was the beginning of the idea for TraumaLine1 a web based directory to meet this specific need.
What is Trauma and why do we need TraumaLine1?
The goal of "TraumaLine1" was to establish a well known professional trauma care directory making it easier for clinicians to practice in their specialty area and for survivors to get the care they need when they need it. Although post-trauma care is a highly specialized service, it is clear that appropriate, timely and skilled responders are in great demand. Trauma can occur any time and any place and a timely response can make the difference between years of unnecessary suffering and a reasonable and healthy recovery process. Access to skilled professionals is an uncertain road, as up until recently there is no centralized database to showcase those specializing in Trauma care.
Post-Trauma Responses including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may occur after exposure to a very stressful event. Events that tend to lead to PTSD and other related stress disorders include those typified by serious injury, illness, or threat of death personally or to those who you know or have contact with. A traumatic event is generally something that is terribly frightening and can leave a sufferer feeling hopeless, helpless and out-of-control of the unfolding events.
In the course of one's lifetime, approximately 60% of men and 50% of women directly experience at least one significant traumatic event. Women are more at risk of exposure to childhood sexual abuse or a sexual assault later in life; men are more inclined to experience physical violence, war combat, natural disaster, accident or to witness another's serious injury or death.
The good news is that although exposure to trauma is fairly common, only 7-8% of the general population is diagnosed with PTSD over the course of their life-time. Women tend to be more vulnerable to the development of PTSD (approximately 10%) while only 5% of men exposed to trauma will develop PTSD. In the U.S., approximately 5.2 million adults will meet the diagnostic criterion for PTSD in any given year. This number represents only a small percentage of individuals who have experienced a trauma over the course of the same year. So although diagnosis of PTSD is relatively small compared to exposure, those suffering from the aftermath of trauma but still managing to cope is quite a large number and requires care in order to lead to an optimal outcome for the individual.
There are numerous professional and public websites that focus on information for trauma survivors, databases for specific professions (psychologists, social workers, etc.), trauma specific information sites for professionals specializing in trauma and trauma networks ... however, TraumaLine1 is the only professional website directory entirely focused on helping trauma survivors find skilled post-trauma professionals with a broad spectrum of trauma care approaches.
www.TraumaLine1.com was built to raise awareness of the needs of trauma survivors and those professionals with the skills to respond. We believe that trauma care is a very specific and unique skill and TraumaLine1 was established as a way for service providers to showcase their unique talents and a way to be found by those looking for care from specialized trauma practitioners.
Professionals wishing more information about www.TraumaLine1.com or wishing to post their profiles can begin with a free 2 month trial using the "60dayfree" promotional code. For more information, contact email@example.com. TraumaLine1 is always free for those seeking care.
Dr. Anna B. Baranowsky is the CEO of the Traumatology Institute and the founder of the Traumatology Institute Training Curriculum offering the certificate of Completion in Clinical Traumatology online at your own time and place at www.ticlearn.com