Date & Time: May 17 9:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Virtual

The purpose of this course is to provide an orientation & framework for clinicians who are interested in finding a cohesive way to integrate Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Exposure Therapy into their practice with clients who have experienced trauma.  

Additionally, it provides as a “refresher” for those who are already well versed in trauma therapy, as well as providing clients loved ones and collaborating clinician.

Exposure to traumatic life events (such as: global pandemic, child abuse, domestic violence, natural disasters, war, etc.) can lead to the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When left untreated, PTSD sufferers experience life-interfering symptoms and consequences such as severe depression, isolation, substance abuse and significant impulse control and anger problems. CBT and Exposure Therapy have been proven to improve symptoms of PTSD, Depression and Anxiety in children and adolescents. The use of CBT & Exposure Therapy is effective in helping clients remember traumatic experiences without becoming overwhelmed by painful, intrusive and disruptive symptoms.

This Workshop outlines the core principles of Cognitive Behavioral & Exposure Therapy (CBT). Participants will be provided with time and support to practice elements of each component including gradual exposure, assessment, psychoeducation, relaxation, emotional regulation, and challenging cognitive distortions. The Presenter will also engage with participants around how to frame these interventions when working with traumatized clients.

CEs: 4

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to explain to clients & their caregivers the goals of CBT & Exposure Therapy, as well as its effectiveness in treating PTSP and other trauma-related disorders.
  • Participants will overcome barriers (counter-transference) as it interferes with their ability to identify & intervene with both client & self/clinician avoidance through Exposure Therapy.
  • Participants will be able to implement gradual exposure within the context of treatment so as to decrease trauma symptoms in clients.
  • Participants will be allotted time to practice evidence-based practices and interventions through role-play in breakouts or with the larger group.

Tuition Rates:

  • $105- Regular
  • $90- Alumni, FI, Adjunct
  • $63- VET
  • Current AUSSW Students Free with Promo Code

Faculty Bio:

Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R

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Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R is a licensed, clinical, social worker with more than 25 years of experience and expertise working with children, adolescents, adults and families who live with chronic stress, psychiatric illness, and are survivors of trauma. Currently in private practice, Ms. Blaufox was Clinical Director of the Mann and Goldsmith Residential Psychiatric Treatment Facilities at the Jewish Board, for more than ten years. During her time at the Jewish Board, Ellen had the opportunity to participate as a Core Team Member in the National Child Traumatic Study Network Learning Collaborative with the founders of Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is an experienced TF-CBT practitioner, supervisor and consultant. Additionally, Ellen was a Core Team Member of the implementation of the Sanctuary Model on the Westchester Campus of the Jewish Board where she led multi-disciplinary teams in the adaptation and implementation of the Sanctuary Model from an adult modality to address the needs of adolescent populations. She also collaborated with the Creators of SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress) in implementation of a pilot program for the Jewish Board. Ms. Blaufox is in private practice in Westchester, NYS.

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • CASAC Renewal
  • APA Psychology, pending NYSED Psychology

ACE Approved Provider of Continuing Education Contact Hours:

Adelphi University School of Social Work: Continuing Education and Professional Development, #1786, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Adelphi University School of Social Work: Continuing Education and Professional Development maintain responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/03/2022 – 03/03/2026. ACE is not an approved Continuing Education Provider in the states of New York and West Virginia unless the event is outside of West VA. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved NYSED CE provider in New York State.

55 states/jurisdictions accept ACE-approved provider CE contact hours. Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

See full credentialing information and CEUs.

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

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The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance.

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