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Friday, October 23, 2015
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Manhattan Center
Room 260/261
75 Varick St. 2nd floor
New York, NY 10013

Negative and Positive Outcomes of Trauma Exposure: Healing and Fostering Growth with Roni Berger, PhD, LCSW

This workshop is sold out.

6 CE’s

This workshop will focus on understanding of micro and macro dimensions of stress, trauma, crisis and coping. Using group discussions, lecturing and experiential exercises, the workshop will include four parts. In the first part, participants will learn about diverse types of stressor events in historical perspective, developmental, cultural and contextual risk and protective factors. We will discuss how the source of the stressor event (external or internal, human-made or nature-made), its duration, level of chronicity and severity as well as social attitudes and stigma may play a role in shaping the potential outcomes. The second part will focus on gaining insight into the experience and possible effects of exposure to highly stressful events on individuals along the life span, couples, families and communities in diverse socio-cultural contexts.  We will examine negative trauma reactions (such as acute stress disorder and PTSD, vicarious traumatization) and positive outcomes from the struggle with traumatic events (posttraumatic growth). The third part will introduce participants to evidence-supported strategies to address the negative effects of the exposure and to foster posttraumatic growth. Special attention will be given to delivery of trauma-informed and trauma specific services. Finally, techniques for proper self-care for practitioners will be addressed.

Learning objectives

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate negative and positive effects of exposure to diverse types of stressor events on individuals, families and communities and identify correlates, risk and protective factors for trauma reactions.
  2. Employ effective strategies for addressing negative effects and fostering posttraumatic in those who experienced traumatic exposure.
  3. Be familiar with ways in which they can practice strategies for self-care to mitigate potential vicarious traumatization related to serving traumatized clients.

Roni BergerRoni Berger, Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Berger holds a BSW, MSW and PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Diploma in Psychotherapy from Tel Aviv Medical School. She serves as a Professor at Adelphi University and a consultant to various organizations nationally and internationally. She has published and presented extensively about trauma and posttraumatic growth, immigration, gay and step families, and groups. Prior to her immigration to the United States, she worked in direct practice and academia as well as supervisory and administrative positions in Israel in social and medical organizations. 

This program has been approved for CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
*According to NYSED, in order to award social work clock hours; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”*
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