The newsletter of the
International Trauma Training Institute (ITTI)
Mike Dubi, Ed.D., LMHC, Editor
Jeanne Thomas, MBA, Associate Editor
June/July 2019, Vol. 2, No. 4

As we go into the summer months, we are pleased to present two new courses. Culturally Competent Trauma Informed Practice by Dr. Charles Alexander takes us into a new and different area in our work with trauma. In this course Dr. Alexander provides a unique look at how cultural competence and trauma interact. This course is relevant and powerful and can contribute significantly in widening your scope of practice. And, once again, we are pleased to present another outstanding course by Dr. Cheryl Paulhus, ADHD Across the Lifespan .  The challenges of ADHD confront a huge portion of our society, both children and adults. Dr. Paulhus presents news ways to look at ADHD and new ways to treat this enormously impactful condition. This ADHD course is currently under review for certification.

The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of the International Trauma Training Institute is up and running and is accepting submissions. Editor Dr. Joffrey Suprina has years of experience in evaluating studies and papers suitable for publication in highly respected journals. Our goal at ITTI is to enhance the work and studies of our students and members of the helping professions.

The Insider’s Guide to Quality, Affordable Healthcare: Practical Strategies to Navigate Our Complex System and Save Money, by Drs. Lazarus and Foster is featured this month in the Book Review section. This represents the beginning of ITTI’s goal to expand our trainings menu to include topics like geriatric trauma.

We are constantly expanding our offerings and are developing new trainings. Coming soon: Hypnotherapy, and later this year: Addictions and Military trauma.

Stay tuned and have a great summer!

Mike Dubi, Ed.D., LMHC
President, ITTI
Digital Online Training Mentoring Learning Education Browsing Concept
beginning on
July 15, 2019

To see course descriptions and to register, click this link:

Instructor: Charles Alexander, Psy.D.

Culturally Competent Trauma Informed Practice is a ground- breaking course for ITTI both in content and scope. Beginning with assessing each participant’s level of cultural competence, Dr. Charles Alexander then introduces and explores the topics of cultural diversity and trauma. Throughout the course Dr. Alexander discusses the interaction between various vulnerable populations as they interact with trauma, the signs and symptoms of traumatic stress, protective factors and helpful interventions. This is an interesting and culturally relevant course that will improve and expand your ability to work with all populations.

About the Instructor: Charles Larson Alexander, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with a record of success in program development and implementation in clinical, educational and organizational environments. A skilled clinician, Dr. Alexander provides psychological consultation in diverse settings, such as community medical centers, elementary schools, psychiatric hospitals, as well as the Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS). Dr. Alexander is committed to addressing the clinical needs of traditionally under served populations. This is evident by the fact that 95% of his adult and child clientele are recipients of Medicare and/or Medicaid. In keeping with his value of community service, Dr. Alexander seeks and welcomes opportunities to do the most for those who have the least.     
Instructor: Cheryl Paulhus, Ed.D., LPC

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects millions of children and adults all over the world. ADHD is a complex neurobiological disorder requiring specialized knowledge and care.

·       ADHD Across the Lifespan is designed to provide comprehensive information on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder pertaining to both adults and children. The material in this course is a useful resource for therapists, teachers, parents and other professionals involved in treating, evaluating, educating and providing support services for individuals with ADHD.

·      The course involves the exploration of current research and best practices for understanding adults and children diagnosed with ADHD, as well as providing useful research-based intervention techniques to address challenges across domains within this population.

·       ADHD is now recognized as a relatively common mental disorder of adults, affecting 4-5 percent of the adult population and accounting for an increasing number of referrals to mental health and family practices in this country. The disorder has a pervasive impact on most major domains of daily life activities, including occupational, educational, and social functioning and health-related behavior.

·      This course will explore practical strategies for your ADHD clients (both children & adults) to help them overcome the obstacles presented by weak executive skills.

About the Instructor: Cheryl Paulhus Ed. D., LPC, has been working in the Mental Health field for the past 30 years in numerous capacities both clinically and administratively. 
Dr. Paulhus specializes in the field of Trauma, with advanced clinical training in both the treatment of trauma and in assessing forensic issues. Dr. Paulhus is currently the Behavioral Health Director for Central Counties Services in Central Texas. 

Lawrence Lazarus, MD and Jeffrey Fisher, MD

The majority of Americans are deeply worried about rapidly rising healthcare costs and access to healthcare, according to an April 2019 Gallup Poll. What options do patients have when they receive unexpectedly large medical bills? How can they find well-qualified doctors and prepare for doctors’ visits?
Dr. Lawrence Lazarus and Dr. Jeffrey Foster have been fielding questions like these from their patients for many years. They share insider strategies for navigating the U.S. healthcare system and getting the best healthcare possible in their new book, Insider’s Guide to Quality, Affordable Healthcare, published in May 2019.
The authors each have 35 years of experience as prominent physicians, researchers, and as ardent advocates for their patients. In an interview, they can discuss practical strategies for:
·        Reducing out-of-pocket medical expenses.
·        Understanding how our often dysfunctional healthcare system really works.
·        Obtaining a second or third opinion from a specialist.
·        Lowering the risk of medical, hospital and medication errors.
·        Staying healthy and avoiding the healthcare system.

This comprehensive book avoids medical jargon, and is filled with real-life medical stories, including the doctors’ own experiences as patients, about overcoming serious illnesses and medical debt.
To help readers stay informed about the latest healthcare news, The Insider’s Guide will be frequently updated at . Readers can sign up to receive the doctors’ monthly email healthcare forum.
About the Authors
Dr. Lawrence Lazarus specialized in geriatric medicine and psychiatry at Rush Medical School and University in Chicago, Illinois where he founded the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program. A former president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and recipient of numerous teaching and research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Lazarus has a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico and provides consultation to patients/families seeking a second medical opinion.
Dr. Jeffrey Foster has led an exemplary career as professor, teacher, and researcher in geriatric psychiatry at New York University Medical Center. He knows the importance of interdisciplinary team approach to patient care, by having worked collaboratively with doctors, nurses, and social workers in various medical settings. A former president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, he’s received numerous research and teaching grants from the National Institute of Mental Health. He lives with his family in Longmont, Colorado. For more information, contact: Dr. Jeff Foster, , 303-442-2269;

All courses are NBCC approved
(ACEP# 6674);
CTSW is approved by NASW

July 15 - August 25, 2019


July 15 - September 8, 2019

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