Trauma Institute


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$35 per CE

$125 for a Full Day


Presenting this year:

Berkeley Antonioli, PhD, LCSW, Med

Dr. Beth Barol, PhD, LSW, BCB, NADD-CC

·Dr. Ginny Focht-New, PhD, PMH-CNS, BCB, NADD-CC

·Laurel M. Silber, PsyD

· Dr. Sandra L. Bloom, MD

· Heather McGonigle, LPC, LPCMH

· Claudine Wiant, JD

Dr. Julius Mullen

Eliza M. Hirst, Esq., CWLS

Johanna P. Bishop, Ed.D., CPT

Lydia DeBiase

Dr. Natasha Mullen

Dr. Mandell Much

More speakers being added!



Conference Schedule

Thursday September 30th 2021


9:00 - 10:30 – Dr. Julius Mullen and Eliza M. Hirst, Esq., CWLS

Intersection of Race and Trauma

This virtual training provides a thoughtful journey of how racism and historical trauma have impacted people of color within various systems across the United States. Our aim is to focus on developing a better understanding of these intersections while discussing the prevalence and impact of toxic stress through the lens of racial trauma.  Based on a cultural humility framework, concrete strategies and practical ideas will also be highlighted throughout this workshop.

9:00 - 10:30 – Johanna P. Bishop, Ed.D., CPT and Claudine Wiant, M.S., J.D.

How has the Pandemic Affected Human Trafficking

Extra-ordinary social disruptors such as pandemics change peoples’ lives and affect whole societies. For traffickers and victims of human trafficking, although ‘business as usual’ changed, the business of trafficking continued, and some say, even increased during the height of COVID-19. Recognizing trafficking or traffickers has not been easy, but global reports have shown that human trafficking continues as a robust enterprise during the pandemic. The spread of the pandemic has placed more children, youths, and adults in online environments. Children and youths are especially vulnerable in front of computer screens, as they more easily become prey for online traffickers trolling the internet. This session will present the latest data known about the risks that COVID-19 has posed on human trafficking victims, inform the audience about online predator dangers, discuss how trauma continues to affect victims, and examine trafficking case studies.

10:45 – 12:15 - TBA

1:00 – 2:30 - Berkeley Antonioli, PhD, LCSW, Med

Assessment and Treatment of Low Desire in Sexual Trauma Survivors

Survivors of sexual trauma comprise a unique clinical population of individuals who often

struggle with self-regulatory skills, relationships, and healthy sexual expression. Those who

experienced chronic sexual trauma in childhood often find it especially difficult to own and

express their sexual desire in ways that engender choice, embodiment and pleasure. Many

resolve to shut that most intimate part of themselves off completely, experiencing little to no

sexual desire in their adult, consensual relationships. Trauma therapists can be the first

person a survivor trusts to share their fears and anxieties around this intensely vulnerable

part of themselves. This presentation is intended to support clinicians treating sexual trauma

survivors in the assessment and treatment of low desire. Topics such as when to refer out for

medical concerns, sexual pain, embodiment practices, sensate focus, fantasy, and the use of

self-pleasure in healing will be discussed

1:00 – 2:30 – Heather McGonigle, LPC, LPCMH and Claudine Wiant, JD

Why Do Offenders Offend, and How Do We Stop It?:

An analysis of sex offense behavior and strategies for protecting children

This presentation will provide a brief overview of sex offense specific types, behaviors, and pathways to sexual offending to identify early interventions that can interrupt grooming behaviors. The skills offered in this training are designed to implement recommended strategies and best practices for ensuring protections for children. Attendees will leave with action steps to take for families, in addition to organizations, and communities that serve children. 

2:45 – 4:15 – Lydia DeBiase

Building Resilience in Children

This presentation will look at how adversity affects children’s behavioral, social, and emotional functioning and the different ways children respond to these experiences. It will also  look at the definition and science of resilience and evidence based practices that can be used to help build resilience in children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.

Friday October 1st 2021

9:00 - 10:30 – Dr. Aileen Fink

Applying Trauma Informed Principles at the Organizational Level and Implementing Strategies to Prevent and Respond to Staff Secondary and Vicarious Trauma

Understanding and applying trauma informed principles at the organizational level is fundamental to the success of delivering trauma informed approaches at the consumer level.  Within trauma informed organizations, a commitment to prevent and respond to staff secondary and vicarious trauma is crucial. This presentation will review trauma informed principles and highlight their applicability as well as provide specific strategies and resources that can be used to infuse trauma informed principles at the organizational level. The presentation will also review the concepts of secondary and vicarious trauma and highlight specific strategies and resources that organizations can use to prevent and respond to secondary and vicarious trauma for staff.

9:00 – 12:00 – Dr. Beth Barol, PhD, LSW, BCB, NADD-CC and Dr. Ginny Focht-New

Trauma and People with ID and Vulnerable Populations

In this session we will focus on health, healing, and pursuing a meaningful life for everyone, individuals with a intellectual and their supporters. We will open the door to deeper explorations by briefly examining the range of ways in which trauma impacts a person using examples from individuals’ biographies to illustrate these principles. Then we will explore a range of “social therapeutic” healing interventions, focusing on stabilizing and rebuilding the brain and body through nutritional, life-style practices, at-home therapeutic opportunities, relationships, and strengthening the parasympathetic nervous system. Finally, we will touch on the use of neuromodulation practices and equipment to offer more stability and control for the person we are endeavoring to support.

10:45 – 12:15 – TBA

1:00 – 2:30 – Dr. Mandell Much

Children Emerging from Trauma

Prevalence, signs and symptoms, etiology, prevention, and intervention. Sequence 1 - Ages 13-17.  The presentation will provide participants with specifics regarding childhood abuse including risk factors, identification, and treatment for both children impacted by abuse and their parents or caregivers.  The webinar will also describe the impact of COVID-19 on stress and vulnerability for children and families.  Finally, the webinar will provide specific strategies for parents and caregivers, educators, and day care workers who will likely see an increase in the reporting of suspected abuse cases once schools re-open. 

1:00 – 2:30 – Laurel Silber, Psy.D.

Therapeutic work with children and their parents to address Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma 

There are many dimensions to the corrosive effects of trauma. One has to do with the secondary generational effects of trauma. That is, the way unresolved trauma from a parent’s background (their childhood) influences the present context of the child’s development through the primary parent-child relationship.  How do we help parents with this issue? How do we use this circumstance clinically to rework trauma and enhance the growth promoting aspects of the relationship and the child’s development? This presentation will address this by providing theory and relevant attachment research along with examples to help elucidate this complex clinical terrain.

2:45 – 4:15 – Dr. Natasha Mullen

Trauma or Drama: What you see may not be what it is!

This virtual interactive workshop discusses how stress and conflict often stems from childhood trauma for many girls and women of color.  Abusive relationships, parental neglect, grief and loss and household dysfunction will be identified as primary types of childhood adversity.  Based on a African American cultural perspective, resiliency skills will be shared to guide black girls and women to manage conflict across social domains.