Date & Time: September 13 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Virtual

Virtually every human being will experience some form of trauma and or chronic stress at least once in their lifetime. 

Course Description

In addition to being a universal human experience, trauma and chronic stress has the potential to provide an opportunity for change, creating meaning and enhancing our sense of purpose. Within nature, supportive relationships and with access to the proper tools, humans can build or restore emotional, physical and spiritual balance.

“Research around the world has revealed the variety of ways we can reconnect with nature and in doing so, the fit it brings to our mental and emotional health.” -Dr. James Gordon

This Workshops’ immersive, experiential and interactive format provides the foundation for learning and integrating such evidence-based tools. By framing concrete interventions within the context of the scientific research, Ellen will teach simple, practical skills that clinicians can implement immediately, thereby supporting their clients’ healing the wounds and scars of trauma.
Using various teaching and practice methods such a: small breakout rooms, media, as well as techniques from nature therapy, participants will learn to support clients in all the realms impacted by trauma (emotions -the improvement of their mood, somatization – decreasing stress hormones and cognitive – reducing rumination) promoting mind/body healing.

CEs: 3 

Learning Objectives

  • Participants discover how to support clients in balancing their physiology and psychology with nature, even when they live in urban areas.
  • Participants will connect how movement improves mood and decreases anxiety, and make behavioral changes for clients “doable,” rather than an intellectual exercise.
  • Participants will find resources for the animal kingdom and food as a natural healing aid for clients’ stress levels.

Tuition Rates

  • $80 – Regular
  • $60 – Alumni, FI, Adjunct
  • $45- VET

Current AUSSW Students Free with Promo Code

Faculty Bio

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Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R

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, NY.

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 – 03/03/206. 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.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

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.

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy.

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