Assessment of Trauma In Families

A Group of Trainings to Help the Masters Degreed Clinician

2016-2017 The Assessment of Trauma in Families Series

  • Would you like to get a better handle on attachment and trauma issues in the clients and families you work with?

  • Could you use some guidance in teasing out which treatment strategies might be better matched to unresolved issues of trauma?

  • Are you a Professional with a Masters Degree who could use just a little more training in assessment & treatment planning?
  • Are you aware that more and more funding sources are requiring ongoing testing and measurement to prove your therapeutic strategies are working for their consumers? Are you feeling ill-prepared for that?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then....

Consider joining Lois Ehrmann PhD, LPC, NCC at CHOICES* in State College for these trainings!

*CHOICES is a fully handicapped accessible facility. If you have any needs for additional accommodations please call or email Lois Ehrmann at 814-237-0567 or loisehrmann@gmail.com.

What have the 2015-2016 Graduates of this Series Said:

"Thanks...This training will help me be more focused in my work with my clients."


" I learned a lot that I think I can use with my clients and it also has helped in terms of goal development--clarifying and getting more focused on what to work on."


"Linking the test results with measureable treatment plan goals and objectives was most helpful to me. Thanks."


2014-2015 Graduates of this series said:


"This training helped me make sense of complex concepts -- things I have not thought about since classes on research and statistics in my graduate program. I have a better grasp of how to determine which assessments to choose and what to do with the results. I have more confidence in understanding the individual and family problems. And I am better able to create a treatment plan that is useful.


This training was a real eye opener. These assessments allow for a significant improvement to diagnostic clarity and my ability to make good treatment decisions with my clients."



Ellen A. Black, LCSW

Clinical Specialist



"The Assessing Trauma in Families Series is an important and practical training for anyone interested in increasing the efficacy and validity of their clinical practice. So often trainings are informative but the materials shared fail to make a distinct impact on the method of clinical work. This series of trainings provides concrete instruction on how to use specific assessment instruments with defined populations. in addition, the important link between assessment results and treatment planning is practiced and discussed. As quality assessment and re-assessment is the cornerstone of being able to determine and apply the appropriate treatment for our clients, this training is essential. I would highly recommend this series of trainings for anyone interested in improving the standard of their assessment skills and their outcomes with clientele."


Sarah Jefferson, LCSW

Clinical Specialist

Skills of Central PA, Inc.

Important Points to Understand About this Training Series

  • You do not have to sign up for the whole series but you do get a significantly better price if you do!
  • The First Training is a Pre-Requisite for the others as it teaches Basic Statistical Understandings regarding what makes a measure good to use.
  • We need participants to advance register because about three weeks before each training Lois sends you all the tests being covered on that day and requests you either take the tests yourselves, administer it to a family member for practice, or get permission to administer it to one of your actual clients. We then score and interpret those very tests within the training itself....This is experiential based relevant training at its best!!
  • Lois is always researching new measures and gets really excited when she finds good ones in the PUBLIC DOMAIN! This means they are free to use if used ethically. Come get the information.

Understanding the Basics: Using Paper and Pencil Assessment Tools to Assist in Issue Identification/Treatment Planning for Traumatized Families

When: Friday 09/30/2016; 9:00 am- 4:30 pm

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Be able to explain various measurement concepts: measures of central tendency, measures of variability, the Normal Distribution, measures of reliability and validity, and how these measures can assist the professional helper in choosing appropriate tests that match client characteristics.

  2. Have developed a basic understanding of the purposes of descriptive and inferential statistics and the implications for assessment of persons with psychiatric issues coming into outpatient counseling.

  3. Have identified at least three ways some tests and assessments are biased toward the majority culture and at least two ethical issues to consider when using assessment instruments with persons with psychiatric, emotional, and trauma based issues.

  4. Have taken, scored, and interpreted at least four different measures: one used with children (Spence Anxiety Scale), one with adolescents (Achenbach CBCL all Versions), two used with adults (Beck Depression Inventory; Parenting Stress Index), one with couples (Dyadic Adjustment Scale) and one with families (Family Environment Scale) to explain issues related to depression, trauma, anxiety or behavioral issues.

  5. Have practiced at least once the presentation of results of testing to clients.

    *The above training is a pre-requisite for all the other trainings in the

    series. The above training is also part of the Healing Trauma in Families

    Series.

Paper and Pencil Assessment Tools for Issue Identification/Treatment Planning for Traumatized Children and Adolescents

When: Friday 10/28/2016; 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Have reviewed parametric characteristics of the Children

    Depression Index (CDI) and the Reynolds Depression Index-2,

    practiced taking, scoring and interpreting both and identified

    at least two trauma measureable treatment objective for each

    elevated subscale.

  2. Have reviewed parametric characteristics on the Briere

    Children Trauma Checklist-2 and Adolescent Dissociative

    Experiences Scale, practiced taking and administering

    scoring and interpreting both and identified at least

    two trauma informed, measureable treatment objectives

    for each elevated subscale.

  3. Have observed the administration of the IVA+ Continuous

    Performance computerized assessment, reviewed the results of

    the test, the information related to each subscale, identified at

    least two trauma informed measureable treatment objectives

    for each elevated subscale.

  4. Have reviewed, practiced, administrated, scored interpreted two measures of parenting stress (Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents, Parenting Stress Index) and then identified two trauma informed measurable treatment objective each elevated subscale


Paper and Pencil Assessment Tools for Issue Identification/Treatment Planning for Traumatized Adults

When: Friday 11/18/2016; 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Have reviewed the parametric characteristics of the Symptom Checklist-90, have practiced taking, scoring, interpreting and identified two additional areas to further explore and assess with a client based on the subscales that are significantly elevated.
  2. Have reviewed the parametric characteristics of the Manifest Anxiety Scale, Burns Anxiety Scale, practiced taking, scoring and interpreting both and identified at least two trauma informed measureable treatment objectives for each elevated subscale.
  3. Have reviewed the parametric characteristics of the Trauma And Attachment Beliefs Scale and the Dissociative Experiences Scale for Adults, practiced taking, scoring, and interpreting both and identified at least two trauma informed measureable treatment objectives for each elevated subscale.
  4. Have reviewed the parametric characteristics of the Impact of Events Scale, Trauma Recovery Scale, Dissociative Regression Scale, practiced taking, scoring and interpreting all of them indicating the level of trauma being observed in an adult client.

Advanced Paper and Pencil Assessment Tools for Issue Identification/Treatment Planning for Traumatized Families

When: Friday 12/15/2016; 9:00 am- 4:30 pm

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop participants will have:

  1. Reviewed the parametric characteristics and subscales of the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES), practiced taken the scale in various formats, scored, interpreted and evaluated family dynamics based on the results in order to develop a measureable and objective set of family therapy interventions related to the subscales.

  2. Reviewed the parametric characteristics and subscales of the Family Assessment Measure-III (FAM-III), practiced taken the scale in various versions, scored, interpreted and evaluated family dynamics based on the results in order to develop a measureable and objective set of family therapy interventions related to the elevated subscales.

  3. Identified at least three cultural issues important to consider when assessment of families include families who are diverse.

  4. Identified at least three considerations to consider when assessing families with same sex parents.

Method of Instruction

Registering early is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Why?

Only 10 participants will be allowed in each training AND about three weeks prior to each training each participant will be sent via mail blank copies of each of the tests being taught that day. Participants are to either administer the tests to a client or fill out the tests themselves on behalf of a client. On the day of the training we will all learn together how to score, interpret and develop treatment objectives that match the needs identified in the results! That's why!!!!

These trainings will have some didactic material presented during

the day and there will be many handouts and notes for reference as well as literature review but the predominant instruction will be done by participants

actually taking the measures so as to become familiar with the

client’s experience of test taking or from working with assessments already filled out by clients. Participants will work in pairs and small groups in scoring and interpreting score results and treatment plan development will then occur.

The learning environment will be relaxed but informative, fun but

definitely focused. Boredom is guaranteed NOT to occur in these trainings.

Meet the Trainer: Lois A. Ehrmann PhD, LPC, NCC

Lois is the founder of CHOICES, a holistic counseling group in State College, PA that specializes in trauma informed care for children, adolescents, adults and families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has practiced for about 25 years and an Assistant Professor in Counselor Education and Supervision at PSU. Trained and certified in a number of cutting edge therapeutic strategies for attachment and trauma issues (EMDR, IFS, Clinical Hypnosis, Attachment Focused Family Therapy, Neurofeedback), she also has developed expertise in the assessment and measurement of trauma and attachment problems in families. Having taught the test and assessment course in the Rehabilitation Program at PSU as well as researching best practices for trauma and attachment in children and families for her formal research agenda, she began a mission at CHOICES that sought to teach Masters Level clinicians the responsible, ethical and effective methods of assessment and measurement. Even though Lois considers herself primarily a clinician she has sought to keep her research skills sharp and was the primary investigator that researched developed and validated the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Adherence Measure (2014) now being used to evaluate outcome studies using IFS for effective trauma therapy. Lois has been doing comprehensive trauma and attachment assessments for over five years and has worked with other agencies to help in the trauma informed assessment of children in birth, foster and special needs adoptive homes, adults with trauma and attachment issues and traumatized adults with intellectual disabilities. Keeping the balance in assessment is always the key for Lois and participants in this series will gain clarity about how assessment can enhance the treatment experience and outcomes for our most vulnerable clients and client families.

Continuing Education Units

  • These trainings are sponsored by Wise Heart Leadership Initiative and held at The Individual and Family CHOICES Program. Wise Heart Leadership Initiative is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP (#6587) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of this program. Each workshop in this series contains 6.5 continuing education hours through NBCC.

  • Wise Heart Leadership Initiative (ACE#1261) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Wise Heart Leadership Initiative maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (9/6/2013-9/6/2015 & (9/6/2015-9/6/2018). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approved for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in these courses will receive 6.5 continuing education clock hours per course.
  • Certificates of attendance will be given on site upon completion of program for all attending each training after completion of a feedback evaluation. You may contact Lois Ehrmann on site during the training or afterward via contact information provided in this electronic flyer regarding any questions, concerns, issues or grievances related to this series or its administration.

To Register: for any or all of the trainings:

Call Lois Ehrmann @ 814-404-0286 or at 237-0567 Ext. 106. Registrations can be taken by phone.


Costs:


  • Friday 09/30/2016: Understanding the Basics: Using Paper and Pencil Assessment Tools for Traumatized Families*;

Regular Fee: $185.00** Early Rate Discount (Registration prior to 8/30/2016):$135.00*


  • Friday 10/28/2016: Paper and Pencil Assessment Tools for Issue Identification/Treatment Planning for Traumatized Children and Adolescents

Regular Fee: $185.00** Early Rate Discount (Registration prior to 9/28/16): $135.00*


  • Friday 11/18/2016: and Pencil Assessment Tools for Issue Identification/Treatment Planning for Traumatized Adults

Regular Fee: $185.00** Early Rate Discount (Registration prior to 10/18/2016):$135.00*


  • Thursday 12/15/2016 Advanced Paper and Pencil Assessment Tools for Issue Identification/Treatment Planning for Traumatized Families

Regular Fee: $185.00** Early Rate Discount (Registration prior to 11/18/2016): 135.00*

SPECIAL PRICING

  • Special Price for Registering for all Four Trainings before 8/30/2016: $440.00
  • After 8/30/2016 $640.00



*This workshop is a pre-requisite for all the remaining workshops

**This includes the fee for testing materials used for this training

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Certificates of attendance will be given on site upon completion of the program for all attending the entire day upon completing the course evaluation. You may contact Lois Ehrmann on site during the training or afterward via contact information provided in course materials regarding any questions, concerns, issues, or grievances regarding this program and its administration.

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Individual and Family CHOICES Program

2214 North Atherton Street, Suite 4

State College, PA 16803

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