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ACA 2018 Conference & Expo Sessions

286 - Neurocounseling and Trauma Work: Empirical Research Supporting Its Efficacy

Apr 28, 2018 10:30am ‐ Apr 28, 2018 12:00pm


An estimated 89.7 percent of clients coming to mental health clinics have experienced at least one trauma in their lifetime (Kilpatrick et al., 2013). Counselors need to have the necessary skill set from a trauma-informed approach to understand when and how to process trauma. Learn about evidenced-based research surrounding neurocounseling the neurophysiology of traumatic stress, its impact on individuals, families and society and practice interventions that can assist counselors and clients in reducing the symptoms of trauma.

If it is true that almost all persons have experienced some type of trauma during their lifetime, then counselors will surely have clients who are suffering from trauma, stressors and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (Kessler, 2000; Kilpatrick, et al, 2013).  This warrants a specialized counseling skill set as trauma survivors have unique characteristics both emotionally and physiologically (Briere & Scott, 2013). Counselors must understand the neurophysiology of trauma and its implications for counseling (Jones, Rybak, Russell-Chapin, 2017).  Counselors must know how and when to process trauma, so there is little re-traumatization to the client.  The body's response to stress is an adaptive process and teaching clients about allostatic load and resiliency is fundamental to healthy recovery and treatment.  Practicing interventions with clients to build safety and self-regulation skills are two of the major goals in trauma counseling. Teaching self-regulation and creating rapport must be developed before trying to cognitively process the traumatic event. This workshop will focus on the theory, efficacy research and practice behind trauma work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define both trauma and neurocounseling in measurable terms.
  • Understand the physiological and neurobiological basis of trauma.
  • Identify neurocounseling interventions to apply with clients.


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Mirta Carruthers
4/28/18 6:26 pm

Extraordinary presentation.

Mirta Carruthers
4/28/18 6:32 pm

Exceptional presentation.