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We are not currently holding the PTSD for Teens training.  Please check back.  

This intermediate level course will be useful for psychologists, social workers, clinicians, and other helping professionals working with teens who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The course will increase participants’ professional strategies to better support their clients on the path to healing.  

 2.75 APA  and  ASWB-Social Work CE's are available.

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Mary C.

"The presenter was professional, the welcome interaction from the presenter enhanced my learning. She was informative, experiential, thorough and her delivery of this training was engaging throughout. A beautiful way of delivering a tough topic that effectively I enjoyed every moment of this training."

Samantha B.

"Thank you so much for offering this session. I believe teens, regardless of diagnosis, is one of the hardest populations to work with. This session really validated that but also provided resources on how to aid in the therapeutic process."

Querie M.

"I've watched a lot of trauma-related trainings that offer a lot of information in a monotone way. I'm glad that this training had a different approach for PTSD information, including the mention of possible behaviors in teens that could present when experiencing trauma."

Course Overview

Working with a teen who is diagnosed with PTSD can be challenging.  It is also an opportunity to help a teen heal and move toward Post Traumatic Growth.  We will review the diagnosis of PTSD and consider how the usual symptoms impact developmental tasks and day-to-day life.  Teens with PTSD often exhibit challenging behaviors: flashbacks, sleep disturbance, suicidal ideation, strong reactions to triggers, struggles with getting things done, and relationship problems.  We will consider strategies we can use to help a teen understand their diagnosis, reduce symptoms, and focus on healing.  The training will incorporate time to develop an action plan reviewing resources and coping skills helpful for teens and their caregivers. 

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In this training you will be able to...

Describe the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its impact on the developmental tasks of the teen years.

Develop effective communication strategies to use with teens with PTSD, and their parents/caregivers, to support optimal treatment outcomes.

Identify typical behaviors present in teens with PTSD along with effective treatment methods to address them at home and in the community.

Plan resources about managing the symptoms of PTSD to share with teens and their families.

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Laura Gaines, MSW, LISW-S

Laura has twenty years experience as a child and adolescent mental health clinician and Crisis Text Line volunteer.  In addition to her professional experience she has lived experience as the adoptive parent of a (now adult) daughter who is diagnosed with PTSD. Trainer and researcher regarding resilience as an individual and community skill. Laura provides clinical consultation regarding child and adolescent mental health.  Her trainings focus on child development, mental health, developmental disabilities, ethics, trauma informed care, resilience and each person’s individual solutions to life’s challenges.

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