Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress, and High-Risk Behaviors

Presented by Matthew Jakupcak, PhD on 10-18-2013 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Dr. Jakupcak will review symptoms and features of trauma responses, including DSM-V criteria for PTSD, subthreshold PTSD (adjustment disorder), and depression. He will also present and discuss signs and features of high-risk behaviors such as suicidal behaviors and non-suicidal self-harm, aggression and interpersonal violence, risk-taking behaviors, and substance abuse common in trauma-exposed populations. Dr. Jakupcak will review theories and research specific to emotional dysregulation as an overlapping and core feature of trauma responses and discuss the associations between emotional dysregulation and high-risk behaviors. Finally, he will describe important considerations and review evidence-based treatment strategies used to target high-risk behaviors prior or concurrent to trauma-focused psychotherapy interventions.

Clinical case examples will be used to illustrate assessment and clinical intervention strategies, and audience participation will be encouraged throughout the presentation with role-playing and open discussions.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Assess core features of emotional regulation difficulties associated with trauma exposure;
  2. Identify risk factors for violence directed at self or other, substance abuse, and other high-risk behaviors;
  3. Describe evidence-based assessment strategies to identify elevated risk for self or other directed violence;
  4. Describe evidence-based intervention strategies to promote stabilization and risk reduction in conjunction with trauma focused therapies.

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Event Reviews from Members

Given my previous work with clients who self-harmed, it was interesting to hear the presenters thoughts on self-harm outside of the context of suicide and more in the context of a reinforced release from internal pain (much like addiction). - Catherine Gruener, NCC

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It’s really important when you’re doing a risk assessment to keep in mind and note differences between dynamic and static risk factors. So there are some things that put someone at an elevated risk that you can’t do anything about. If there’s a family history of suicide, if there are generations of people who have committed suicide, that significantly increases the risk of suicide in the person sitting across from you. And that’s not something that you can intervene with. But there are dynamic risk factors that you can certainly intervene with. Like, for example, improve the quality of the relationships within a family; distressed relationships elevate risk for violence, suicide, substance use, all of the things we’re talking about. So, family and couples therapy, education to loved ones, helping reduce caregiver burden. Those are all things that you can do to help address some of these dynamic risk factors. - Matthew Jakupcak, PhD

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Matthew Jakupcak, PhD

Matthew Jakupcak, PhD

Matthew Jakupcak is a clinical psychologist and researcher who has studied and treated psychological trauma, posttraumatic stress, and high-risk behaviors in military veterans, first-responders (i.e., firefighters, paramedics, police officers), and young male adults. Dr. Jakupcak has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, and he has presented at over 50 national and regional conferences on the topics of suicidal behaviors, interpersonal violence, and substance-use disorders in trauma-exposed populations.

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