The newsletter of the
International Association of Trauma Professionals, IATP, LLC

Mike Dubi, Editor
Chelsea Powell,  Associate Editor
Summer 2015
In This Issue

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Certified Expert Trauma Professional (CETP)  online training and webinar
September 20 - November 1, 2015

Anger Management Treatment Professional (AMTP) online training  and webinar
September 20 - November 1, 2015
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) online training  and webinar
September 20 - November 1, 2015 
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September 20 - November 1, 2015

Certified Youth Trauma Treatment Professional (CYTP) online training and webinar
September 20 - November 1, 2015
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The Most Recently Certified Professionals

Samantha Afanador
Albert Aguilar
Sesiah Aguirre
Candace Ah Kiong
Steven Alper
Christian Anderson
Kevin Anderson
Nicholas Anderson
Jeanine Aversa
CorrieAnn Avila
Loretta M. Babich
Christopher Badger
Karen Barbee
Lisa Barras
Ginalyn Baverp
Sidra Beckett
Jennifer Beery
Mary L. Bemker-Page
Norman Bentson, Psy.D.
Lauren Berthelot
Linda Beutel
Vanessa Black
Adam Bockhorst
John Bratt
Frances Braun, Psy.D.
Kathryn Brewer
Katie Brinkman
Anita Briscoe
Mary Allison Brown
Jamie Brownfield
Deborah Bryant
Samara Burke
Kristen Burns
Virginia Bustle
Vanessa Cameron
Lane Carpenter
Kortney Carr
Linda Catlin
Rachel Ann Cerna
Deborah Chendanda
JoAnne Chitwood
William Christy
Stanley Clark
Esophia Clayborn
Sheila Cleveland Jones
Brenda R. Cochran
Evelyn Cogdill
Christine M. Colburn
Sarah Cole
Mayra Colon
Antonia Glowacki Colton
Joycelyn Compliment
Jaime Conover
Omega Dea Cooper
Laurie M. Crabb
Carrie Crump
Dena F. Cullinane
Melissa Curry
Robert Cyga
Michaela Decker
Michelle DeForrest
Julia V. Dehn
Tennelle Dienes
LeaAnne Doyle
Candice Drenski
Elizabeth Eggleston
Mary Erhart
Preston Espinosa
Margaret Evanow
Mechele Evans
Gavriel Fagin
Diane Fahy
Laura Farrell
Angela Farris
Dorothy Michelle Faust-Davis
Clarissa A. Favichia
Marlene Fedderson
Stephanie Ferrell
Djamila Fielding
Cynthia Fletcher
Ellen Freise-March
Lois Fridenstine
Susan Fuhr
Stephen Fuller
Brenda Gautier
Krystal Gesecki
Scott Giacomucci
Stephen B. Gidaro
Jessica Gladden
Joelyne Gold
Tina Goynes
Dawn W. Grant
April Green
Kathleen Guillen
Michael Gusack
Emily Guzman
Jill Hakel
Shirley Hanson
Janice Helfand, Ph.D.
Sara Helmer
Sharise Hemby
Amanda L. Henry
Virginia Hill
Beverly Hines
Jennifer Hixson
LaShawn D. Hopper
Claudia Howard
Rosario Huerta
Mildred Hungria
Takako Ichinomiya
Lesloe Isaak (Maledon)
Veronica Jeremko
Erin L. Johnson
Jill A. Johnson
Kjerstin Johnson
Michelle Johnson
Jim Johnson, Ph.D.
Linda H. Joyner
Kimberly Kapp
Lisa Karczewski
Lydia Kaus
Ammena Kemavor
Leah Kern
Mairead Kerr
Dale King
Cara Kless
Melissa Knapp
Leigh Kolodny-Kraft
Kathleen Korte
Kathleen Korte
Paul B. Koutch
Paul Kowal
Crystal Krueger
Amarilis LaFontaine
Jennifer Lara
Amber Lee
Lisa Leinweber
Alyson Lemard
Nicole Levitt
Kristina Liston
Dana Lockridge
Michele Lockwood
LaToya Logan
Carla Loveless-Tackett
David Lowe
Nancy E. Lubow, PhD
Sarah Macedo
Norma O. Mahaffy
Malissa Mallett
Shannon Mancini
Christy Manoharan
Victor Marcellana
Michael Marcinowski
Atma Margaret Maris
John Martin
Vicki Martin
Patricia Martinez-Burr
Cassandra Mason
Keri Mason
Maurya Materazzo
Brandi Mathis
Jeanne Nicole Matucheski
Abra E. McClure
Donald McCoy
Hope McCoy
Alene McDowell
Stephanie McDowell
Maria Menozzi
Bryanna Mertens
Ann Mikulich
Adriane Miles
Heather Miller
Sandra Moody
Adriana G. Morales, Psy.D.
Elias Moran
Cynthia Muhlbauer
John  Muriel
Karrie Myers
Kimberly Neff
Amanda Noyes
Laura Oliver
Christopher M. Orner
Yashira Oropeza-Diaz
Juli Ortega
Denise K. Ottosen
Sarah Padilla
Laura Parker
Jami Parrish
Anthony M. Pastore, Jr.
Karen Peabody
Violet Pergel
Jeri Petersen
Courtney Phillips
Barbara J. Plourd
David Pratt
Rebecca Price
Jacque Proctor
Stephanie Ranson
Brielle Rawlings-Dube
Jolene Redland
Jill A. Reese
Laura Regan
Shanna Reyes
Amanda Rhynes
S. Diana Robinson
Leigh Ellen Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez
Matt Rogers
Judith Eve Rosen
Jan Rosko
Georgia Roth
Dawn Angelen Rucker
Becky Russell
Shauna Russell
Jennifer Russo
Claudia Sadler-Gerhardt
Wendy Lee Samuels
Shlomit Sanders
Elizabeth C. Santilli
Susan Schasta
Erica Schippers
Teresa Schroeder
Catherine Sechrist
Robin See
Jessica Sellins
Bruce Selvage
Brandon Shores
John A. Shuford
Deborah Shumate
Holly Shumway
Amelia Siders
Michelle Simmonds
Michelle Skala
Michael Slik
Christopher Sloane
Carolyn Smith
Denise Smith
Shelley Smith
Shalene Sommer
Lisa Speck
Nikol Stancato
Stevie Stanford
Gregory Stefaniak
Jeanine Marie Austin Stotts
Kristi Stuckwisch
Sitka Stueve
John Stump
Kari Tabag
Sandra Takamine
Martha Tambini
Jessica Thomas
Carrie Thompson
Jennifer Tieman
Sarah R. Toig
Paul Toth
Terence Tracy
Jannette Travali
Amanda Tribble
Robin Ukleya
Heather Valentino
Paula Van Buren
Dana Van Ness
Christina Varano
Cynthia Viera
Meagan Vincenz
David Vinton
Janna Von Francke
Terri Waibel
Xanthippe Walker
Mary Wallace
Rebecca Wallace
Chelsea Walsh
Gary Waters
Jean Watson
Jennifer Weinsten
Charles Wentz
Tabitha Westbrook
Laticia Weston
Joseph Whitwell
Kristen Wickerham
Rachel D. Williams
Valerie Williams
Rhonda Williamson
Laura Zwart


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IATP is pleased to announce the third annual offering of the Certified Expert Trauma Professional (CETP) course beginning September 8, 2015. This challenging course, 24-week inter-active online, furthers your training and creden-tialing beyond the Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. In the CCTP course you learned about what makes trauma treatment effective; the CETP course teaches and coaches implementation of these skills into your practice. Past students have said that this course has transformed their practice and given them confidence and competence working with survivors of trauma that they never had.

The course material is offered in weekly (Sunday evenings) live interactive video-conferencing capsules by our senior faculty.  The course material is organized around implementing the IATP 4-Stage Structure into your practice for better man-agement of the treatment trajectory with survivors of trauma.  These capsules are recorded and posted for future viewing for those unable to attend the Sunday night live presentation.  The course bal-ances these interactive learning experiences with nine (9) live 90-minute live video-conferencing Skills Coaching groups facilitated by one of our senior faculty and one proctor.  We are excited and  more than a little proud to offer a richly interactive course of this depth in an entirely distance learning format--no traveling required.
For those of you wanting to take your trauma skills to the next level, this course and certification is definitely for you!  N.B. Class size is limited, so register early.
In addition, our core trainings are being offered again starting on September 20 for 6 weeks:
  • Clinical Trauma Professional
  • The Angry Brain and Anger Management
  • Sex Offender Treatment Provider
  • Youth Trauma Treatment Professional

Coming later this year:

  • Family Trauma Professional training 
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the 2nd Edition of
The International Journal of
Trauma Research and Practice

IATP is proud to announce the latest edition of our journal, the  International Journal of Trauma Research and Practice . This journal features articles on the following topics:

Preventing Indirect Effects of Trauma: Educational Preparation of Counseling, by Sarah E. Stewart-Spencer, Ph.D., and Andy. R. Brown, Ed.D.
   This study assesses the educational preparation and training for master's counseling students regarding indirect trauma in both CACREP and non-CACREP counseling programs.

The Impact of Gambling Addiction, by Damon Dye, EdD, LMHC, BACC
      This mixed methods study evaluates a wide range of symptoms within problem gamblers that are consistent with traumatic stress that are scarcely identified and rarely treated, as well as spousal symptoms, current spousal interventions, and clinical barriers to spousal symptom treatment.  

Practice and Ehics: Two Sides of the Same Coin, by Jay S. Sweifach, DSW, LCSW, and Norman Linzer, Ph.D.
     This study uses focus groups of social workers to explore the interplay between evidence-based practice and ethics amid the immediacy and uncertainty of crisis and trauma. A specific focus of the paper is placed on the contextual influence that evidence-based practice has on ethical decision-making. 

Progressive Counting: The Next Trauma Treat-ment of Choice?by Ricky Greenwald, Psy. D.
     An overview of a method combining EMDR and the Counting method.

Battling with Shadows: The Implicit Trauma of Adoptionby Robert Hafetz, M.S.
     An overview of the trauma incurred through children who have been separated from their mother and case history examples.

Eliminating the Traumatic
Response Symptoms
Mary A. Johnson

         A young woman came for her appointment quite a few years ago. She complained of insomnia, flashbacks, dissociative episodes, and nightmares. She held a responsible position, and her symptoms were affecting her work performance.
     We discussed her former therapy experience. She had seen another therapist, who had employed cognitive behavioral therapy, but she had seen no cessation of her symptoms. Her husband had insisted she see another therapist. By the time she recounted her symptoms, she was crying - we had not even gotten to the details of her trauma.
     I wanted to tread lightly with this client, and I wanted to develop a rapport with her. Her trust of therapists hung in the balance. I explained to her that each individual is unique, and I pointed to my collection of all things zebra-ish - figurines, pillows, stuffed animals, pictures, etc. - that are present in my office. I told her that no two zebras have the same stripe pattern, just as no two humans have the same fingerprints. She seemed calmer as we talked about things unrelated to her symptoms. I said I tailor my therapy to each unique client, refusing to use a "cookbook" method. Building trust was my goal with her at first.
     We briefly discussed her employment duties, her children, and her goals in life. She was quite articulate about wanting to be a better employee, feel rested, and get rid of the insomnia, flashbacks, and nightmares. Her understanding of her dissociative episodes was lacking, so we talked briefly about how our body seeks to "escape" the trauma.
     By now she was able to begin her description of the event that had caused the symptoms some years ago. Her mother had been murdered, her body dismembered, and some of the pieces left where the client could find them. When she tried to sleep, she visualized the pieces, and she had flashbacks of her trauma at finding them. When she did sleep, she was awakened several times during the night by nightmares of what might have happened to her mother before she was killed. At work, she found herself unable to concentrate or perform her clerical duties because of the dissociative episodes. The symptoms were becoming worse - she was tired most of the time from lack of restful sleep, and her job performance was not up to her employer's standards. Her husband wanted to help her, but he did not know what to do except to get her to another therapist -- me.

The BIRRT Process
Bob Stahn

      BIRRT is a technique designed to decrease or eliminate the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The original IRRT (Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy) was created by Mervin Smucker, Ph.D from the Medical College of Wisconsin.  I have reduced the process to its essentials and call it Brief IRRT or BIRRT.  With BIRRT, there is good news and bad news.
The Good News
     The technique is brief to administer.  It generally is done in one two-hour session per traumatic incident.  That's right, ONE two-hour session.  Of the times that I have used BIRRT (over 400), only a handful of individuals have not had significant benefit or required more time than one two-hour session for any specific traumatic event.
     BIRRT is very effective.  A pre- and post-BIRRT self-assessment is done using a 30-item PTSD symptom list which has a 0-5 scale of severity (0=doesn't apply and 5=applies a lot).  The average baseline for non-traumatized subjects is 1.1.  The average pre-BIRRT is 3.8.  In my follow up surveys (after days, months and years) I have found that nearly all clients who have completed the homework after the session continue to enjoy relief from most, if not all, of their PTSD symptoms and report a post-BIRRT average of 0.9! 
   Trauma has a way of welding together the emotions of the event (what was felt) and the details of the event (what happened).  So each time something triggers a memory of an event the emotions must be experienced with it!  BIRRT effectively breaks that trauma weld and the traumatic emotions are released, never more to be attached to the details of that event.

59th Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

     The 59th Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine will discuss research in multidisciplinary approaches to automotive-related trauma in areas such as epidemiology, biomechanics, treatment and management, transport, psychology, accidentology, and human factors. Review injuries and injury mechanisms, human tolerance as related to vehicular injury, restraint systems effects, crashworthiness and risk analysis. The goal is to more effectively treat and prevent injuries stemming from an automotive environment.

Who Should Attend: This program is intended for emergency physicians and nurses, orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, radiologists, physiatrists, urologists, emergency medical personnel, biomechanics and vehicle design engineers, automotive engineers, crash investigators, health policy specialists, internists, psychologists, epidemiologists, other human factor specialists, accident reconstructionists and road safety experts as well as and other clinicians and allied health professionals, representatives from the insurance industry and automotive engineering professionals.

When: October 3-7, 2015

Where: Loews Philadelphia Hotel,  PA