Trauma-Informed Care in High-Security Settings

Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2023
Time: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm ET
Format: Live interactive training offered via Zoom

Credit: 6 CE Credit Hours
Cost of training and CE certificate: $180.00
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology, NBCC Counseling, ASWB Social Work

To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with adult criminality, including violent and sexual offending. Men and women who have sexually offended have significantly higher ACE scores than the general population. However, until recently, the trauma of the client was rarely addressed in sex-offending treatment models. Trauma can contribute to relational and self-regulation deficits. It is therefore unsurprising that older offense-specific models of treatment for sexual offending have produced mixed results.

Trauma-informed care (TIC) is a person-centered model focusing on elevating client social functioning by responding to harmful and otherwise maladaptive behavior in the context of traumatic experiences. TIC is grounded in research revealing evidence of the pervasive and enduring nature of ACEs and the neuroscience of trauma.

This full-day (6 CE hours) training will provide an overview of the principles of trauma informed care, the prevalence and correlates of early adversity, the role of trauma in the development of behavioral and relational problems, clinical strategies for collaborative, strengths-based assessments, and trauma-informed counseling interventions. It will include a specific focus on the challenges of incorporating TIC in prisons and special commitment centers and programs.

Topics to be covered include:
1)  Simple versus complex trauma
2)  Trauma-informed assessment
3)  Special challenges to implementation in high-security settings
4)  How early adversity contributes to dynamic risk factors
5)  Incorporating TIC principles into SOTX programming

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1)  Explain the components of trauma-informed care.
2)  Describe complex trauma and its contribution to illegal behaviors.
3)  Describe common adverse experiences in the backgrounds of clients in high-security settings.
4)  Utilize strategies for improving assessments and treatment responsivity with clients who have experienced trauma and adversity.
5)  Apply trauma-informed skills to engage these clients meaningfully in treatment.
6)  Incorporate trauma-responsive concepts into program content and therapeutic process.

Six Hours of Training

The training session starts at 10:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 5:30 pm. The charge is $180. Each registration includes a certificate, whether it be for CE credits hours or for attendance. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Excellence, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Trauma-Informed Care in High-Security Settings has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4000.

Trauma-Informed Care in High-Security Settings, Course #4379, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Continuing Excellence LLC. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 08/19/2022 – 08/19/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 Clinical continuing education credits.

Notice to providers of New Jersey SW Continuing Education:
• ACE individual course approval meets the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners requirements for individual course approval pursuant to NJ Code 13:44G-6.4.16. • Participation in the ASWB ACE Course Approval Program requires that the provider abide by all of the criteria set forth by New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13 Chapter 44 G Subchapter 6.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC

Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155

Jill Levenson, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Professor, School of Social Work, Barry University

Dr. Jill Levenson is a Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL. She is a SAMHSA-trained trauma-informed care instructor, and has published 6 books and over 120 articles, many about sex-offending treatment and trauma-informed care. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Justice,  the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the CDC. Dr. Levenson is a licensed clinical social worker who has provided clinical and forensic services in South Florida for over 30 years. In 2019 Dr. Levenson was the recipient of ATSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and was also named by the Journal of Social Science Research as one of the nation’s top 100 Social Work Scholars. She has provided TIC trainings in more than 20 states, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. 

David Prescott
Director, Continuing Education Center, Safer Society

A mental health practitioner of 38 years, David Prescott is the Director of the Safer Society Continuing Education Center. He is the author and editor of 25 books in the areas of understanding and improving services to at-risk clients. He is best known for his work in the areas of understanding, assessing, and treating sexual violence and trauma. Mr. Prescott is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Contribution award from the Association for the Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse (ATSA), the 2018 recipient of the National Adolescent Perpetration Network’s C. Henry Kempe Lifetime Achievement award, and the 2022 recipient of the Faye Honey Knopp Award from the New York State Alliance for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and New York State ATSA. He also served as ATSA President in 2008-09. Mr. Prescott currently trains and lectures around the world. His published work has been translated into Japanese, Korean, German, French, Polish, and Southern Tutchone. He has served on the editorial boards of four scholarly journals.

Additional Information

This training is for professionals working with people who have experienced complex trauma as well as people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level
Intermediate / Advanced

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