Advanced Clinical Practice through a Trauma Focused Lens

Instructor: Robert Abramovitz, Linda Payne, Roger Sherwood, Tonia Spence |  Thursdays 6:00pm - 8:15pm | Dec. 5, 12, 19; Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27; Apr. 3, 10, 17 | $1,800

Many of the clients that we serve have endured trauma, sometimes multiple traumatic events. It is often difficult to diagnose, as symptoms vary and/or may be hard to recognize. The Advanced Clinical Practice through a Trauma Focused Lens program will strengthen clinical skills through a resiliency lens, with an exploration of differential issues of trauma, including domestic violence, physical and sexual child abuse, and PTSD. The course will provide an overview of trauma and trauma-informed therapy with a focus on children and youth, veterans, and their families.

Offered over 18 weeks, this intensive course is organized into four modules taught or co-taught by issue-expert instructors and will integrate didactic learning with practical case studies.

Course Highlights:

  • Identify and assess different types of childhood trauma, and gain an understanding of the special developmental needs of traumatized children.
  • Learn about evidenced based trauma treatment such as TF-CBT and CPP interventions.
  • Learn how to engage families in treatment and how to provide culturally competent services.
  • Identify specific mental health issues for returning soldiers and their families; increase skills in working with service members who have or are at risk for (PTSD).
  • Become familiar with situational challenges: bereavement and traumatic grief, clinician self care, and vicarious/secondary trauma.

Students are expected to follow two cases throughout the course and will be asked to present their cases for group discussion and instructional guidance.

Requirements: The course targets clinicians who are currently working in human service fields such as social work, psychology, mental health counseling, nursing, addictions or early education.

About the Instructors:

Robert Abramovitz, M.D.

Dr. Abramovitz is a child trauma specialist whose work focuses on the impact of adversity, violence, poverty, and racism on individuals, communities, and organizations, combined with a strong interest in individual and community resilience. His research and publications focus on academic/community collaborations, field effectiveness studies and dissemination of innovative service programs. Dr. Abramovitz has over 35 years of experience as a clinician, educator, program developer, researcher and administrator. He is the former Director of the Department of Psychiatry at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services and is now a Distinguished Lecturer at the Silberman School of Social Work and the Co-Director of the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development.

Linda Payne, LCSW-R, ACSW

Linda Payne is the JBFCS Mental Health Consultant to Child Protective Service Investigators. She has worked for JBFCS for the past 25 years in positions including Chief of Staff, Coordinator of the Crisis Consultation Unit and Clinical Coordinator for the Loss and Bereavement Program for Children and Adolescents. She has extensive experience in disaster mental health, having worked with survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and following 9/11, Linda worked with groups and individuals in private industry as well as with adolescents under the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment Services. Other work experiences include serving as a Social Work Supervisor, Mental Health Consultant to the NYC Probation Department, and Adjunct Professor at New York University. She has extensive experience as speaker/trainer specializing in bereavement and trauma. She holds a MA and BSW from University of Maryland and MSW from Columbia University.

Roger Sherwood, DSW

Dr. Roger J. Sherwood is an Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work since 1979. He has published in the areas of veterans, Post Traumatic Stress, dialysis patient compliance and gerontology. He was Project Director for two grants that provided outreach services to veterans and their families in Harlem and East Harlem from 1999 to 2001. Since 2007 he has been Project Director for PROVE (Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education), a City University of New York Initiative. PROVE, in conjunction with the CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs, works to enhance services to student veterans throughout the City University. Dr. Sherwood has been a clinical consultant at the Hudson Valley Veterans Health Care System-Montrose Campus since 1986 where he treats veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was one of the initial organizers for the Annual Conference on the “The Still Hidden Client: Veterans and Their Loved Ones” which started in 1983. He was a social work officer at Fort Polk, La. from 1971 to 1973 and was in the reserves from 1973 to 1978 with the 817th and 320th Medical Evacuation Hospitals.

Tonia Spence, LCSW, MS Ed

Tonia M. Spence, LCSW, MS Ed, is Director of Clinical Services at the Child Development Center (CDC) of JBFCS. She returned to CDC after being on faculty at the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC) where she served as a clinician in its Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic (OPC) and did a year in their Post Graduate Fellowship. She holds a Masters in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters in Social Work from CUSSW. She has been a middle school teacher in NYC public schools, a Special Education Itinerant Teacher for the CDC and YAI. She has also trained and worked at CDC as a clinician for four years working with children ages 3-12 and their families. Prior to accepting her current position, Ms. Spence spent a year in the Post Graduate Fellowship Program at YCSC-OPC. Tonia serves on the board of the NY Zero-to-Three Network and is active in JBFCS’s Confronting Organizational Racism Initiative and various caucuses that address anti-racist issues.

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*All participants are required to pay a one-time $20 registration fee each semester.