Understanding Trauma Responses: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Clients

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Understanding Trauma Responses: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Clients

Wednesday, March 6th, 2024

1:00pm to 4:00pm ET


Presenter: Erena DiGonis, LCSW-R

NASW-NYS Members: $30

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $60

Non-Members: $75

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
Trauma has a profound impact on clients, and a comprehensive understanding of how trauma manifests is essential. This workshop offers practical skills and knowledge to support clients who have experienced trauma. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and interactive activities, the presenter will describe trauma responses, including the fawn, freeze, faint, flight, and fight, and how to identify them in clients. The workshop will also explore evidence-based strategies for building resilience and promoting healing in clients who have experienced trauma. The workshop will provide the tools and strategies for social workers to help their clients navigate trauma responses and work towards building a sense of safety, trust, and resilience.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.    Define trauma and its various forms
2.    Evaluate the symptoms of trauma by determining if they are rooted in the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system to inform clinical treatment interventions.
3.    Recognize at least one distinctive feature of fight, flight, freeze, and fawn response in clients who have experienced trauma.
4.    Describe how to implement at least one intervention for each trauma response to support clients in clinical practice.

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Erena DiGonis, LCSW-R, is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Health Coach, and Certified Clinical Anxiety and Trauma Treatment Professional. Erena has twenty-one years of practical and professional experience as an active clinician, teacher, and supervisor. She has worked in a variety of community, psychiatric, in-home, and private practice settings with hundreds of complex cases. Erena has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, Women's Health, and MEL magazine. She is also on the Advisory Board Member for the CPTSD Foundation. She is passionate about teaching social workers about the things you never learned in school and having engaging and meaningful conversations about the hard topics in our work.


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March 6th, 2024 from  1:00 PM to  4:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $30.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $60.00
Non-Member $75.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00