Seminar Detail

Trauma, PTSD & Complicated Grief: Effective Assessments and Immediate Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Adults

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Complete this workshop and learn new clinical skills, interventions, and principles to help your clients cope with the challenges of recovering from trauma. Throughout the workshop trauma specialist, Michael S. Prokop, will discuss and integrate the “active ingredients” for “healing trauma” as they are utilized within the Three Stage Consensus Model. Attend and be able to:
  • Use dozens of practical assessment, diagnosis and intervention strategies
  • Effectively work with children, adolescents and adults dealing with trauma issues
  • Implement multisensory interventions to treat the whole person

You will be able to implement evidence-based treatment protocols for establishing safety, desensitizing and reprocessing trauma memories, as well as, resolving/reprocessing complicated grief. With these new skills, you will be able to assist your clients in their journey as they “restructure a victim mentally to form a proactive survivor identity”. With this new identity, you will be able to help clients reconnect to self, family, society and dreams!

  1. Illustrate the effects of trauma on the structure and function of the brain.
  2. Determine the etiology and potential impact of traumatic stress on the client utilizing multiple assessment strategies.
  3. Integrate an assessment plan for a client’s reaction to a traumatic event and develop a viable treatment program.
  4. Summarize how grief, bereavement, and mourning are accounted for in the DSM-5®.
  5. Integrate interventions to assist a client in dealing with the biopsychosocial manifestations of trauma, PTSD, and traumatic grief/complicated mourning.
  6. Discover appropriate evidence-based interventions to assist a client in coping with the physical and psychosocial-spiritual manifestations of trauma.

  • Concepts & Definitions
  • A historical perspective of trauma
  • Stress vs. trauma: Two states, two responses
  • The creation of trauma, reactive adaptations, traumagenesis
  • Small “t” and Big “T” trauma
    • High-risk characteristics
    • Pre-natal
    • Early life trauma
    • ”On Going” vs. “Single Event” trauma
The Traumatized Brain
  • Neurobiology and Tribunal Brain Model
  • Activation and hyper-arousal of threat response system
  • The sensitized brain through conditioned traumatic cues
  • Dissociation and the importance of freeze discharge
  • Neuroception, bodily reactions and biological changes
Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders (DSM-5®)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • 0-6 child definitions of PTSD
    • Reactive Attachment Disorders
    • Acute Stress disorders
    • Adjustment disorders
    • Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder
Trauma and Working with Children and Adolescents: The Developing Brain, Body, and Mind
  • Best practices and innovative tools for assessment
  • Subjective imprints of trauma
  • Innovative tools for trauma resiliency
  • Trauma-Focused CBT for Children
  • Eight brain-based interventions to use immediately
  • Rapport, hope and empathy during the first session and thereafter
Trauma, Loss, and Complicated Grief
  • Grief, bereavement and mourning
  • How trauma “freezes” the normal grieving process
  • Signs of complicated/traumatic grief
  • Factors contributing to complexities in grief
  • Grief, bereavement in DSM-5® and viable treatment implications
Healing Trauma: Three Active Ingredients
  • Therapeutic Relationships – hope, safety, and calming presence
  • Relaxation – reciprocal inhibition, parasympathetic dominance
  • Narrative – developing “new” narrative to “transform” memories
Immediate Interventions: The Three-Stage Consensus Model
  • Safety/Stabilization
    • The Therapeutic Alliance
    • Felt safe vs real safe
    • Resolution of impeding environment
    • Amelioration of self-destructive thoughts
    • Restructuring victim mentality to proactive survivor identity
    • Stabilization, self-regulation, relaxation, grounding & containment
    • Mindfulness, yoga, recovery resources and holistic strategies
  • Reprocessing/Resolution
    • Narrative and Metabolization of Traumatic Memory
    • Mindfulness informed interventions
    • Guided Imagery and Systematic Desensitization
    • Somatic and focusing interventions
    • Forgiveness and gratitude work
  • Reintegration/Reconciliation
    • Reconnection to self, family, society and hopes/dreams
    • Resiliency skills training


Michael S. Prokop, M.Ed., CCTP, CSP, LPC, BCPC, is a national speaker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Consulting School Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, American Psychotherapy Association Board Certified PTSD Clinician/Board Certified Professional Counselor-Diplomate, Sports Psychology Consultant and is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). He specializes in grief and trauma therapy, relaxation therapy, rational emotive psychotherapy, anger management, mental toughness training, and more. As a consulting psychologist, he has conducted hundreds of psychological evaluations of traumatized clients and continues to provide individual and group therapy for clients with various adjustments, intellectual, motivational and emotional challenges. His clinical expertise with traumatized clients is based on a long history of comprehensive professional experiences. These include providing support for children and families impacted by suicide, domestic violence, homicide, child abuse, sexual assault and accidental death.

Michael has authored three children’s books regarding adjustment issues and his counseling experiences include more than 25 years in private practice, school districts, part time at The Developmental Clinic, and the rest at Kent State University teaching undergraduate psychology classes, graduate level workshops and also providing psychological counseling services for the T.R.I. Program (Toward Retention Intervention). Besides his private practice, he consults in numerous schools and agencies and is an Adjunct Professor at Ashland University. As an entertaining and enthusiastic speaker, he frequently lectures and provides seminars at state and national conferences.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michael Prokop is an adjunct instructor at Ashland University. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Michael Prokop is a member of the American Psychotherapy Association; National Education Association; National Association of School Psychologists; and the American Psychological Association.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This activity is designed to qualify for 6.25 continuing education hours.

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Massachusetts Counselors: CE credit is available. This program has been approved for 6.25 I MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Expires: 8/22/18. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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