Thursday, September 19, 2019 through
Friday, September 20, 2019


Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
4079 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park, NY 12538


9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.





Certificate Program – Trauma Competency for the 21st Century

Trauma Competency for the 21st Century teaches cutting-edge interventions and protocols that clinicians can immediately implement to augment their work treating survivors of trauma. This training teaches and clarifies skills drawn from recent research that evolves treatment beyond the antiquated notions and practice of the 20th Century into simple principles and practices that rapidly resolves the effects of traumatic stress.

Deeply rooted in the science and with an eye to the art of treating traumatic stress, Dr. Gentry will stimulate participants with both principles and techniques for rapidly and safely accelerating treatment with clients who suffer from traumatic stress. The two-day symposium provides mental health professionals with unique training grounded in scientific literature and evidence-based practice but without demanding that clients undergo any particular treatment protocol.

Instead, this training teaches clinicians to implement an “active ingredient” approach that extracts and catalyzes each of the common elements of all effective trauma treatments into a set of stages called The Empowerment and Resilience Structure (Gentry, Baranowsky and Rhoton, 2017). This structure firmly establishes a clear pathway for rapidly, effectively and safely resolving the symptoms of traumatic stress that breaks with much of the archaic treatment approaches that are presently utilized to treat trauma.

The Empowerment and Resilience Treatment Structure for Traumatic Stress (Gentry and Rhoton, in press) utilizes four stages to navigate the treatment for those survivors suffering symptoms of posttraumatic stress. These are (1) Preparation and Relationship Building; (2) Cognitive Restructuring and Self-regulation; (3) Desensitization and Integration; and (4) Posttraumatic Growth and Resilience. Included in these stages and taught throughout the two days are the factors that current researchers have identified as effective in therapy with trauma survivors and include: Feedback-driven treatment to build, maintain and enhance therapeutic relationships; motivational interviewing and polyvagal aspects to develop and enhance positive expectancy; psychoeducation and cognitive restructuring to facilitate self-compassion and engagement; interoception and acute relaxation to teach and coach survivors to self-regulate and interrupt their threat response; reciprocal inhibition to facilitate in vivo exposure (instead of the 20th Century focus upon imaginal) exposure to rapidly desensitize and integrate trauma memories, lessen symptoms and improve quality of life; and Forward-Facing ™ Trauma Therapy to stimulate post-traumatic growth and to heal the moral wounds of trauma survivors. This workshop trains the clinician to competency in trauma treatment by engaging generic skills, that do not require the professional to learn and master any particular model of trauma treatment but does, however, accommodate and make an excellent delivery platform for those clinicians who come to the training already trained in one of these protocols (e.g., EMDR. CPT, PE, SE, etc).

For those that do not have training in of these evidence-based models, this two-day workshop also provides instruction in a narrative exposure technique (Baranowsky and Gentry, 2015) to safely and successfully resolve Criterion B (Intrusion) symptoms of flashbacks and nightmares using a five-narrative approach to desensitization and integration.

While this training is science and evidence-based, it is delivered by a clinician that has over 35 years of experience in treating traumatic stress. Dr. Gentry shares lessons from many of his mistakes and helps clinicians avoid many of the common pitfalls that beleaguer clinicians early in their career of treating traumatic stress.

Finally, this course meets the educational standards and requirements to allow the participant who successfully completes the training to apply for the Certified Clinical Trauma Professional available through the International Association of Trauma Professionals ( and/or the Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist-Individual through the Trauma Institute International (

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Learning Objectives

Review with supervisees the common illness-related challenges that confront clients across the life course (including care transitions, acute health crises, and navigating health and long-term care service systems).

  1. Recognize and appreciate the seminal 19th and 20th Century luminaries and their discoveries that have led to the current state of the art and science in treating post-traumatic stress;
  2. Discover the “active ingredients”/common elements for treating post-traumatic stress advocated as best practice for the treatment of PTSD by leading agencies and organizations (e.g., APA, VA/DoD, ISTSS, Phoenix Project).
  3. Employ a staged “active ingredient”/common elements approach to evidence-based practice for treating survivors of trauma.
  4. Learn and employ the Empowerment and Resilience Treatment Structure (Gentry, Baranowsky and Rhoton, 2017) for delivery of treatment with trauma survivors;
  5. Efficiently and effectively facilitate resolution and healing of post-traumatic conditions
  6. Learn specific psychoeducation and cognitive restructuring techniques for maximizing engagement and participation in early treatment;
  7. Explain the symptoms of traumatic stress to clients in a way that helps makes “good sense” of their experiences, that facilitates self-compassion, and helps them to understand their symptoms as adaptations to past painful learning experience instead of a pathological affliction;
  8. Maximize engagement and collaboration in the healing process utilizing evidence-based skills of data collection and feedback processing with clients,
  9. Acquire insight into the Polyvagal Theory and how this explanation of ANS functioning assists clients with understanding their symptoms and clinicians to conceptualize tasks of treatment with trauma survivors;
  10. Develop, practice and master skills of interoception and acute relaxation to monitor and self-regulate clinician’s own autonomic nervous system as a primary intervention to facilitate a rapid return to comfort in the body (i.e., stress amelioration), maximize neocortical functioning and the ability to remain intentional instead of instinctual reactivity. (Note – This is a primary skill for professional resilience and the prevention of compassion fatigue. This course teaches the participant to develop mastery of this skill BEFORE beginning to teach clients this skill.)
  11. Teach clients skills for self-regulation of their own autonomic nervous system and then to employ these skills to catalyze reciprocal inhibition and Direct Therapeutic Exposure to lessen their anxiety symptoms immediately;
  12. Develop CBT skills for helping trauma survivors to rapidly develop stability, self-efficacy, anxiety management, and relational capacities;
  13. Learn empirical markers to know when it is both necessary (i.e., Criterion B symptoms still present) and safe to transition from the safety/stabilization phase of treatment into the trauma memory processing phase without guesswork and minimal crises;
  14. Learn and practice a five-part Narrative Exposure Therapy process to integrate and desensitize trauma memories in a safe and efficient manner. Participants will employ graphic, written, non-verbal, verbal, and recursive narratives paired with regulated arousal to catalyze reciprocal inhibition in a method that prevents abreaction and the risk of re-traumatization;
  15. Develop state­ of-the-art insight and skills techniques supporting and facilitating healthy grieving and healing complicated bereavement;

Learn to effectively employ Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy ™ as a self-employed method to facilitate post-traumatic growth and resilience for clients.

About the Speaker

J Eric GentryEric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC is an internationally recognized leader and Board-Certified Expert in the study and treatment of traumatic stress. His PhD is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley, who is one of the pioneers in the field of traumatic stress. In 1997, Drs. Figley and Gentry began the first Traumatology Institute at Florida State University and trained there thousands of clinical professionals to better treat traumatic stress. In 2001, Dr. Gentry partnered with Dr. Michael Rank and they co-directed the International Traumatology Institute at the University of South Florida. In 2009, Drs. Gentry and Dubi began the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). He is currently the vide president of this training and certification organization. During his tenure at these three organizations, Dr. Gentry has trained over 400,000 health professionals to more effectively treat survivors of trauma. He is the author of the 2016 paradigm-changing Forward-Facing™ Trauma Therapy: Healing the Moral Wound. Dr. Gentry is a co-author of the critically-acclaimed Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery with Dr. Anna Baranowsky and published by Hogrefe and Huber. He is also the co-author of Transformative Care: A Trauma-Focused Approached to Caregiving. He has published many research articles, book chapters, and periodicals on the topics of clinical treatment of traumatic stress but also compassion fatigue treatment and resiliency. Dr. Gentry draws equally from his scientific study and from his rich history of 36 years as a professional therapist to provide this training. His commitment to his mission to serve caregivers helping them to become ever more effective with minimal symptoms is evident throughout this training. You will be challenged, inspired, and uplifted by Dr. Gentry and this unique training experience.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “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.”

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. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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