Ninety percent of clients in Community Behavioral Health settings and 70 percent of all Americans report experiencing at least 1 traumatic event throughout their lifetime. Traumatic events, whether sexual assault, physical abuse, emotional abuse, or natural disaster, have the potential to impact every area of a person’s life. It is imperative that mental health professionals have the tools needed to screen for traumatic events while also knowing how to further assess the impact of the trauma(s) on the client’s life. This training will assist the professional in formally screening for trauma, further assessing the impact of traumatic events, and determining how to move forward in treatment.
- Recognize the impact and prevalence of trauma in the United States with a specific focus on the impact of childhood trauma through ACEs study
- Identify the symptoms of PTSD as well as other behaviors and symptoms of trauma through case conceptualizations
- Understand PTSD as the cycle of non-recovery from traumatic events and provide this psycho-education to clients
- Site the six levels of validation which can be applied can be applied in a variety of settings in order to increase connection and understanding of clients/patients
Ms. Voss has been in the field of social work for 14 years and from the beginning, realized the need for clients to have effective, evidence-based treatments for trauma-related disorders. When initially beginning as a therapist, she determined the incidence of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders was around 90-95% for her clients at the community health center.
She is the President of the Missouri Society of Clinical Social Workers where she has resided as a board member since 2015. Ms. Voss is an Outpatient Director at a Federally Qualified Health Center where she has worked in a clinical and managerial capacity since obtaining her MSW in 2008. Her main focus is to ensure that her clients, staff, as well as others within the community at large are educated regarding the prevalence and effects of trauma.