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Post-Graduate Training in Trauma Competency for the 21st Century

Event, Continuing Education Course - Ongoing

With J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC


CEs: 18

9:00 a.m—4:00 p.m.


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 of 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 three-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 & Resilience Structure (Gentry, Baranowsky & 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 & Resilience Treatment Structure for Traumatic Stress (Gentry & Rhoton, in press) utilizes four stages to navigate the treatment for those survivors suffering symptoms of posttraumatic stress. These are: (1) Preparation & Relationship Building; (2) Cognitive Restructuring & Self-regulation; (3) Desensitization & Integration; and (4) Posttraumatic Growth & Resilience. Included in these stages and taught throughout the three 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 posttraumatic 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 three-day workshop also provides instruction in a narrative exposure technique (Baranowsky & 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 (

Some of the Learning Objectives from this training include:

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 posttraumatic stress;
  2. Discover the “active ingredients”/common elements for treating posttraumatic stress advocated as best practice for 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 & Resilience Treatment Structure (Gentry, Baranowsky & Rhoton, 2017) for delivery of treatment with trauma survivors;
  5. Efficiently and effectively facilitate resolution and healing of posttraumatic 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 primary intervention to facilitate rapid return to comfort in 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 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;
  16. Learn to effectively employ Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy ™ as a self-employed method to facilitate posttraumatic growth and resilience for clients.

J. Eric 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 & 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 co-author of the critically-acclaimed Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization & Recovery with Dr. Anna Baranowsky and published by Hogrefe & 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 evermore effective with minimal symptoms is evident throughout this training. You will be challenged, inspired, and uplifted by Dr. Gentry and this unique training experience.

For further information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 237
p – 516-877-3216
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Continuing Education Credit

  • Social Workers: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
  • Mental Health Counselors: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0068
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: Adelphi University is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0038
  • Psychologists: Adelphi University School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.
  • CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for earning or re-credentialing for CASAC clock hours.

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