(Spencer) Which Way? Summit with Shari Simmons, MSW, LCSW

(Spencer) Which Way? Summit with Shari Simmons, MSW, LCSW

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Date(s) - Friday, July 23, 2021
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hope Reformed Church


A virtual option for this training is also available. 

In this presentation, participants will learn about the impact of trauma on brain circuitry and personality development, and how trauma can create coping strategies that may appear maladaptive but are actually rooted in survival. Audience members will learn interventions for how to effectively work with individuals who have a history of complex trauma. This presentation also includes the discussion of a specific case study which illuminates the possible impact of trauma on an individual and the family system. More importantly, however, this summit will highlight the concept of hope and just how resilient the human spirit is!

Training Objectives:
To provide tools for mental health professionals, clinicians, educators, and others who encounter children, families, and parents who have experienced trauma. Audiences will leave this training with: 

  • A sense of hope and energy about how to not only cope, but change the plasticity of their brains, as well as how this knowledge translates to their work;
  • A concept of how to deconstruct the false narratives that hold them and their clients back from healthy functioning;
  • Strategies that can help them band together as a professional team rather than allow division;
  • And an understanding of the implications in business and relationships when communicating from a place of survival.

Participants will: 

  • Learn how the brain responds to attachment trauma
  • Formulate a new narrative about “client resistance”
  • Be able to identify the development of personality traits and behaviors as they relate to basic survival strategies
  • Identify the importance of epigenetics in the treatment of clients
  • Practice tools and strategies for communicating differently with clients, colleagues, and loved ones
  • Evaluate whether self-care strategies are actually helping to create a calmer central nervous system
  • Understand the difference between trauma informed and trauma ingrained work

Instructor: Shari Simmons, MSW, LCSW

Shari is a powerful speaker who inspires others to triumph over their own trauma and generates intimacy through relating powerful stories of resiliency. For 30 years, she has been a therapist and executive director who has managed several mental health treatment centers and psychiatric facilities. As an expert on trauma, she has spent the last 10 years consulting and training therapists, counselors, and CEOs on how to implement evidence-based practices and trauma ingrained care. 

This training has been approved for 5 hours of resource parent training credit. 

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