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Crisis Intervention Response and Treatment: When Every Moment Counts
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When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
9 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, Ohio  43240
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green
614.224.0034 ext. 11

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6 CE for psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage & family therapists

Registration Information: (Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are included.)

Registration deadline is October 22, 2018.

Save $20 by registering on or before October 9, 2018 with the Early Bird Discount!

OPA Member Fee: $150 | OPA Student Member Fee: $100 | Non-OPA Member Fee: $180  

Program Description:

Approximately 80% of Americans will be exposed to a traumatic event. With exposure to natural disasters and the increase in community violence there is a need for well-trained crisis intervention and trauma informed treatment providers. Crisis intervention and management has been shown to decrease symptoms, improve adaptive functioning, and mitigate acute traumatic distress. This workshop with provide attendees with information on acute traumatic stress and explore the SAFER-Revised model for individualized crisis intervention. The SAFER-R model entails Stabilization, Acknowledgement of the event(s), Facilitation of an understanding of the critical incident(s) and emotional expression, Encourage effective coping skills, and Recovery/Referral assessment of the individual’s ability to function safely or need for additional services. Attendees will be provided with therapeutic techniques and interventions to utilize with those exposed to recent traumatic events and an overview of the fundamentals of the Critical Incident Stress Management structure. 

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the nature and definition of psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention exploring the brain’s response to traumatic events.
  2. Summarize the SAFER-Revised model for individualized crisis intervention utilizing a Trauma Informed Care structure.
  3. Provide an overview of critical incident stress management and the fundamentals of this comprehensive, systematic and multi-component response to crisis intervention.
  4. Discuss the resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum of crisis intervention.
  5. Demonstrate a crisis intervention debriefing.
  6. Apply a wide range of crisis intervention skills, utilizing at least 5 interventions and techniques of evidence-based and evidence-informed practices for psychological crisis management and treatment.

About the Speakers:
Amber Stiles-Bodnar, MSEd, LPCC-S, LCDC III, is a Licensed Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC III) in the state of Ohio specializing in PTSD, issues related to abuse and trauma, addiction treatment (chemical and behavioral), co-occurring disorders, issues specific to military, law enforcement, first responders and their families, LGBTQ and women and children’s issues. She earned a Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from Youngstown State University and is a contributing faculty instructor at her alma mater in the College of Education, Department of Counseling and Special Education, providing course and class instruction to graduate level students in the clinical mental health counseling program. Amber has worked in mental health and chemical dependency treatment providing therapy as a residential, outpatient and dual diagnosis counselor. She is the Clinical Director of Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc., a non-profit comprehensive trauma counseling agency in Cortland, Ohio which specializes in the treatment of military personnel, first responders, law enforcement and their family members. Her distinctive background includes 12 years of law enforcement experience allowing her a unique insight when helping those in specialized occupations such as police, fire, EMS and the armed forces. Amber is a member of her local county’s Critical Incident Stress Management Response Team, where she assists in debriefing law enforcement, police, fire, EMS and 911 Dispatch personal after they have been subjected to a potentially traumatic event within the community. Amber is a Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved Consultant through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She is also a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, Institute for Creative Mindfulness Affiliate Trainer and volunteers for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). She provides individual and group consultation for EMDR therapists working on developing their skills within the EMDR field. She also provides clinical supervision to counselors and social workers to help improve their clinical abilities. Amber has dedicated herself to improving the lives of those faced with trauma and hardships which is evidenced in her clinical work with adults, children and families. She provides numerous trainings focusing on trauma and its effects on individuals, including children, military and other specialized occupations such as police, fire and EMS at the local, state and national level.

Renée Pitts, MSEd, LPCC, CDCA earned a Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Youngstown State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant. Renée is a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She has worked in mental health treatment providing therapy as a residential and outpatient counselor. Her distinctive background includes the study of meditation techniques for over 20 years under several teachers in the United States. She has also traveled to India, Nepal, and Tibet to study ancient traditions of meditation. With a strong understanding of western science, combined with her practice in mind/body experiences and meditative techniques, Renée blends these as modalities into her counseling practice. She is also able to share a practical understanding of applying mindfulness and meditation to bring about a greater level of wellness and health into the lives of her clients. Renée provides instruction at a monthly meditation group she holds at Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. She also teaches at Youngstown State University and other sites around the local area on meditation and mindfulness. Renée The focus of her clinical work utilizes EMDR Therapy, mindfulness and meditation, and she specializes in trauma, substance abuse and addiction, spirituality and religious values, and wellness.

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