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Diving into the World of Therapeutic Psychedelics in Healing Trauma 
November 8, 2023
Presented by: Marissa Grasmick, LMHC, and Jess Flanagan: FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner)
Summary: This talk and Q&A session will cover new advances in mental health treatment using psychedelic-assisted therapy.

We will cover many topics including an overview of substances used in therapeutic settings, what a session looks like, differences and expectations of substances, practical applications to your therapy practice, trainings to become a psychedelic therapist, common questions, contraindications, legality, and resources.

IFS With Childhood Sexual Abuse: Bringing Compassion, Connection and Courage to our Traumatized Experiences
November 16, 2022
Presented by: Megan Fisher, LMHC

Summary: Internal Family Systems therapy is an experiential therapy, allowing individuals to feel their way through their healing journey and bring deep compassion and connection to their most vulnerable and traumatized memories. In this presentation Megan will creatively engage the audience with various somatic focusing and mindfulness exercises to discover the diversity of our internal landscape and explore nervous system regulation. We will discuss the IFS model and understand its efficacy in working with the confusing array of symptoms that arise out of childhood sexual abuse and developmental trauma.  

About the Presenter:  Megan Fisher, LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice who has ten years of clinical experience. Megan utilizes the Internal Family Systems (IFS) modal of therapy and particularly enjoys working with individuals recovering from trauma, exploring spirituality and bringing a compassionate understanding to working with addictions. Megan is a Level Two trained IFS therapist.

Beyond ACES: The Impact of Racism on Those We Serve
Presented by: Roy Fisher, MA, LMFT  

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 1.5 CEU's available (Virtual Event)

Summary: Trauma in the field of mental health over the last several years has presented clinicians with the opportunity to examine how Adverse Childhood Experiences and other complex trauma can negatively impact the health and wellness of the people they serve. Unfortunately, the ACE study does not explicitly examine how racially based trauma experiences impact specific groups. Indeed, race still matters. Beyond adverse childhood experiences, African Americans, Latinx, and Native Americans continue to navigate a world where they are viewed negatively, and this inarguable reality certainly has a measurable mental health effect. Clinicians must consider the impact and legacy of slavery, colonization, and immigration on the overall wellbeing of these groups. Therefore, providers are advised to examine the trauma experiences of these populations through a racial lens if they are to provide culturally competent services.

In this virtual workshop we will come to:

  • Understand the impact of racism on the health and wellness of African Americans, Latinx, and Native Americans.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how the exclusion of identifying and measuring racially based trauma affects the efficacy of the original ACE study.
  • Offer the participants an opportunity to deepen their awareness and understanding of racism and their commitment to social justice.

Roy's presentation provides general training, assessment, treatment and supervision guidelines related to expanding how clinicians consider trauma and the lived experiences of many people of color.

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