The Mystery of Self-Harm: Using the Lens of Trauma to Understand
The purpose of this workshop is to reframe self-harming behavior within the lens of traumatic re-enactment.
By increasing our ability to apply what we know about how trauma influences thoughts, feelings, body sensations and human behavior; practitioners can develop greater empathy and understanding for this challenging and paradoxical symptom. Thereby, increasing the likelihood of having greater efficacy regarding treatment and prognosis. Clients, their loved ones, teachers and treatment providers often misunderstand self-harming behavior. By learning how trauma and chronic stress affect one’s physiological and cognitive functioning; we can better understand the emotional pain our clients are trying to communicate when they self-harm. In this Workshop, participants will learn to identify and assess risk, as well as concrete interventions for collaborating with and engaging clients toward more positive outcomes.
Participants will be able to:
- Participants will learn strategies for reducing clinician counter-transference and its impact on the re-enactment of the trauma cycle in therapy.
- Participants actively engage in learning and practicing concrete treatment interventions that interrupt the self-harm cycle.
- Participants will learn to reframe their client’s self-harm as an effort to avoid experiencing or re-experiencing trauma and chronic stress.
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.
- $105 – Regular
- $90 – Alumni,FI, Adjunct
- $ 65- VET
- Current Adelphi School of Social Work Students Free with Promo Code
Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:
- Social Workers
- CASAC Renewal upon approval
- APA Psychology
- NYSED Psychology
Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.
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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