From trauma-informed to trauma-capable care: Theoretical foundations, and practical applications in trauma treatment for advanced generalist and Para-Professional practitioners

What is trauma? Compare and contrast various approaches to addressing trauma, practical applications for individuals and family systems. Discuss several differential treatment modalities applied to case conceptualizations. Special emphasis on safety, stabilization, and practical coherent treatment approaches to children and families of trauma.

Behavioral Objectives:

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

  1. Acquire a trauma-based perspective of behavior
  2. Apply trauma language instead of negative moral and/or psychiatric labels
  3. Define trauma from a neurological perspective
  4. Understand emotional and behavioral dysregulation as an aspect of trauma
  5. Understand development and/or attachment issues from a trauma perspective
  6. Understand “old style” and “new style” parenting behavior

Teach practical self-regulating exercises to caregivers/first responders to mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma

From trauma informed to trauma capable care

Frank Capatch and Annetta Lucero provide a comprehensive understanding of both the theoretical underpinnings and history of modern clinical thought regarding trauma. In addition, we present trauma treatment in an accessible framework for clinical practitioners and the general public by elaborating EMDR and very broad ego-state concepts.

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Annetta delivers her “Wisdom Performance” at a Trauma informed and capable care lecture Feb. 2015

This program content reviews the current understanding of trauma on social and neurological phenomena, with special focus on children and families. The lecture presents several intervention considerations for practice. Etiology is discussed, including current theory related to understanding symptomcausation, individual dysfunction, and social and family response. The program establishes a working model of causation, symptom identification, and methods for symptom amelioration.

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  2. van der Kolk, B. A. (1990). Pierre Janet and the breakdown of adaptation in psychological trauma. American Journal of Psychiatry, 147 (7), 962-963.
  3. van der Hart, O., Nihenhuis, & E. R. S., Solomon, R. (2010). EMDR and structural dissociation. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 14 (2).

Pagani, M., Hogberg, G., Fernandez, I. & Siracusano, A. (2013). Correlates of EMDR therapy in functional and structural neuroimaging: A critical summary of recent findings. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 7 (1).

Frank Capatch, LCSW

David Kazmierczak, MSW

Annetta Lucero, gold medalist, Guinness record holder, and inspirational speaker (by video recording)

Frank Capatch, LCSW

Professor Frank Capatch, LCSW, is a veteran clinical social worker, who began his career in human services in 1975. He is Past Clinical Faculty for Edinboro University online MSW Program, state university of Pennsylvania; Past Director/faculty of Social Work, D’Youville College Buffalo N.Y. is currently a field instructor for the Social Work Program at the University of Hawaii, Manoa; currently manages a group of professionals in private practice on the island of Hawaii; and is Program Director for the Green Will Conservancy, which has been hosting trauma training workshops for clinicians on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Mr. Capatch has a wide range of clinical and organizational experience and is a Certified EMDR therapist. Frank has organized and facilitated the provision of EMDR Psychotherapy, resiliency and trauma-based training for Big Island clinicians in conjunction with senior faculty of the EMDR Institute. He is in training for consultation and facilitation of others in the practice of EMDR. He provides a wide range of community training in the subject of trauma as a specialty. As a community-based educator, he is able to discuss and compare various treatment modalities in relationship to traumatic processes.

David A. Kazmierczak MSW, ABD Ph.D. (Retired)

David Kazmierczak has been in the field of mental health and social work since 1971.  His scope of professional service has been exhaustive. He has worked with nearly all age and population groups, served in micro- and macro-practice. He has taught at the BA and MSW program levels and served in field instruction for more than a decade.  Over the last decade, David has volunteered his time to a community agency peer review group on the Big Island of Hawaii, also volunteers as President of the Board of Directors of the Green Will Conservancy, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that provides children ages 12-18 years, and families with sustainability training and pre-vocation/mental health support services. Under the auspices of the Green Will Conservancy,

Annetta Lucero

Annetta Lucero is a legend in the world of baton twirling. Her accomplishments span decades and include three world championship titles. She is also a 2-time Guinness World Record holder, a Cirque du Soleil special events artist, and a world renowned choreographer. Annetta is a gifted performance artist who has transformed her personal life experiences into unforgettable presentations of inspiration. Annetta combines physical prowess with incredible speaking skills. She has inspired audiences and individual all over the world to make positive changes in their lives and is a vivid example of living to one’s highest potential.

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