An Overview of CBT and Trauma Treatment: Which Approach to Use and When?

Tuesday July 24, 2018

With Mandy Habib, Psy.D. and Victor Labruna, Ph.D.

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
6.5 CEs
Ruth S. Harley University Center (lunch included)

When a client presents with trauma symptoms, often clinicians are aware that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may be indicated. This workshop will provide an overview of CBT principles and techniques useful for the specific needs of trauma survivors. With a growing number of evidence-based interventions, it can be difficult to choose the most appropriate intervention for a particular client. This workshop will also include a brief review of several trauma-informed models, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Seeking Safety, and will conclude with recommendations for when to apply these interventions.   

The goal of this workshop is to promote an understanding of the rationale for different techniques and approaches and the implications for clinical practice. It is expected that this workshop will foster interest in pursuing additional training in a particular technique or model, and help to inform the referral process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the indications to use TFCBT.
  2. Participants will be able to differentiate SPARCS from CPP.
  3. Participants will know indications to use Seeking Safety from Prolonged Exposure.

Mandy Habib

Mandy Habib, Psy.D. is Co-Director of the Institute for Adolescent Trauma Training & Treatment at Adelphi University’s School of Social Work. The Institute, a SAMHSA-funded center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), dedicated to improving the provision of trauma-informed through training and workforce development. Dr. Habib has many years of research, supervisory, and clinical experience working in the field of traumatic stress and serves as Co-Chair of the NCTSN’s Complex Trauma Work Group. She led treatment development and dissemination efforts for more than 10 years within the Adolescent Trauma Treatment Development Center at North Shore University Hospital, and is one of the principal authors of SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress). As a national trainer for SPARCS, Dr. Habib has provided in-depth trauma-focused training, consultation and supervision to more than 700 clinicians locally and nationally on a range of topics, including the impact, assessment, and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults. 

Victor Labruna

Victor Labruna, Ph.D. is also Co-Director of the Institute for Adolescent Trauma Training & Treatment at Adelphi University’s School of Social Work. He has served in leadership positions on numerous grants, including two federally funded research grants (an NIMH Longitudinal Study of Physically Abused Adolescents and a Department of Defense grant developing family-focused behavioral health interventions). Dr. Labruna has substantial expertise in program and intervention development. As Associate Director of the Division of Trauma Psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital, he co-founded the Rosen Family Wellness Center for Law Enforcement and Military Personnel and Their Families as well as the Crime Victim’s Program (funded by the NY State Crime Victims Board). Dr. Labruna is also an author of Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), which he has helped to disseminate nationally.

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For further information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
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