The Heart of Trauma-Informed Treatment and Engagement

Presented by Jacob Ham, PhD on 05-05-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Evidence-based treatments (EBT) for traumatic stress have become widely available and popularized. Of these, which EBTs teach therapists how to sit with horrific stories of human evil and violence that may challenge their beliefs in a good and just world? Which EBTs teach therapists how to help intensely trauma-reactive clients who may feel mistrust and be triggered by the therapeutic process itself? Many clinicians seek answers to these questions and want to learn relational strategies for managing trauma-reactive ruptures in the therapeutic relationship.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Ham will distil what he has learned thus far in his journey as a licensed psychologist, leader in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and Director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Ham’s approach to trauma treatment has been used to train thousands of mental health professionals and non-clinical frontline staff throughout New York City, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, inpatient and outpatient staff, case managers, child welfare workers, teachers, and corrections and probation officers.

During this presentation for mental health professionals, Dr. Ham will highlight effective therapeutic strategies for trauma treatment from five EBTs: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence; Child Parent Psychotherapy; Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Treatment; and STRONG Families. He will also discuss a method for integrating alliance-focused treatment based on a modern relational psychoanalytic therapy developed by Jeremy Safran and Chris Muran. Additionally, he will explain methods for effectively discussing trauma with people in therapy, using simple language and metaphors, and he will describe the essential elements of trauma-informed care grounded in relationship, regulation, and reflective functioning.

This intermediate level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Apply strategies for educating individuals in therapy about the neurobiological impact of trauma.
  2. Recognize the importance of attachment and safety in the therapeutic relationship as a foundation for trauma recovery.
  3. List strategies for regulating trauma reactions that can be taught to people in therapy.
  4. Explain the importance of reflective functioning, or mentalizing, in trauma recovery.
  5. Apply strategies for repairing therapeutic impasses that arise from trauma reactions.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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439.5CE hours and counting!

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, 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. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE 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 #0395.

GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

Very good information and delivery. The best aspect was the humbleness and seeming trustworthiness of the presenter. - Jennifer Leigh Miller, LPC

Meet the Presenter

Jacob Ham, PhD

Jacob Ham, PhD

Jacob Ham, PhD is a licensed psychologist in New York. Dr. Ham is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. At Mount Sinai, he is also a supervisor in Brief Relational Psychotherapy, developed by Jeremy Safran and Chris Muran. 

Dr. Ham has been a leader in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) since 2009 and serves on its Steering Committee. Through the NCTSN, he has become an invaluable resource on disseminating trauma-informed practices throughout NYC and beyond. In particular, he works with the NYS Office of Mental Health, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

Dr. Ham was recently awarded a contract under Mayor DeBlasio’s Thrive Initiative, which is a comprehensive mental health plan for NYC, and he is training school mental health consultants to help spread trauma-informed practices throughout the NYC public school system. His trauma-informed clinical work was showcased in a memoir written by one of his clients, who found him through GoodTherapy.org. For more information about the memoir, Grandson of a Ghost, please visit www.grandsonofaghost.com.

Dr. Ham maintains an active blog where he shares his insights and experience as a clinician and trainer. For more information about Dr. Ham, to read his blog, and to learn about his upcoming training events, please visit www.drjacobham.com and Center for Child Trauma Resilience.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, 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. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.