Essentials of an Integrated Trauma-Informed PracticePrice: $100

3 CEUs Available for Psychologists, LCPC’s, LMFT’s, and LCSW’s

Recent advances in neuroscience and research have supported the development of many treatment modalities developed to treat the legacy of traumatic experiences. EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, DBT, Brainspotting and Relational Psychodynamic approaches are just a sample of available treatment approaches. They have all made a contribution to how we think about and treat traumatic wounding and early attachment difficulties. However, we are not treating “sexual abuse” or “an eating disorder” or “distorted thoughts”, we are treating human beings and no one model can treat all of human experience and suffering.

In this workshop, we will focus on the fundamentals of trauma-informed practice. Concepts related to the body and nervous system that must be integrated into any approach in order to make it “trauma-informed”. We will then explore how to integrate these concepts into our work–regardless of theoretical orientation.

After completing this workshop you will leave with knowledge of:

  • Information of how the brain and nervous system are affected by traumatic events
  • The polyvagal theory and awareness of how to apply it in treatment
  • The concept of a Window of Tolerance
  • Practical framework for integrating this knowledge into your everyday work with clients.

Presenter: Amy Zajakowski Uhll

Amy Zajakowski Uhll is the founder and director of the Chicago Center for Integration and Healing.  For more than 30 years, Amy has been committed to exploring the harm caused by traumatic experiences. She helps individuals discover their own unique journey toward healing and supports other therapists in their work with trauma.

Amy spent the early years of her career working in community mental health. Her experience there deepened her awareness that there is no single approach that can treat all of human suffering, and she began her career-long interest in integrating body-centered and neurobiological approaches with more relational and developmental work. She specializes in complex and developmental trauma and dissociative disorders.

In 2011, Amy founded CCIH as part of her ongoing mission to create a community centered around the treatment of trauma. At CCIH, Amy had a lead role in creating the center’s treatment philosophy, therapist training programs  and Integrated Practices curriculum. In addition, she has created and facilitated many professional development workshops and offered trauma-informed training and consultation to individual therapists,  group practices, social service agencies and other groups.

Amy understands that trauma reverberates at all levels of human experience: the individual, relational, communal and societal. She supports therapists as they interrogate their own history of wounding, implicit biases and present experience in the development of their own authentic approach to healing work. She holds that the healing of traumatic experiences is an essential agent of social change.

Amy is originally trained in psychodynamic treatment and graduated with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in 1991. She also completed the Level 1 Training for the Treatment of Trauma (2006) and Level II Emotional Processing, Meaning Making and Attachment Repair (2018), through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute of Boulder, CO.

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Reviews for Essentials of an Integrated Trauma-Informed Practice

“Exceptionally presented, bringing together such immensely valuable information to integrate into my already trauma informed practice.”

“To be honest, I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the idea of working with trauma… Trauma is omnipresent, and I’m already working with it, almost inadvertently, so it’s very important to me to make sure I have the tools to support my clients.”

“This workshop, along with Kathy Steele’s Inner Critic presentation have brought a perspective to my practice that I haven’t been in tune with previously. I feel as though I have found a means of practicing which makes so much more sense to me than what I have been engaging with in the past.”