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Webinar: Applying Trauma-Informed Practices to Work with Youth in the VR Setting

August 6, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Applying Trauma-Informed Practices to Work with Youth in the VR Setting

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

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Over the past twenty years, research in the areas of neuroscience, epigenetics, and the long-term impact of adversity and stress have revealed that exposure to trauma, violence, and adverse experiences affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities at staggering levels across a wide variety of domains. Trauma has become a nationally recognized public health problem.

This workshop will provide an overview of the various types of trauma that individuals accessing VR services may have experienced, including acute trauma, complex trauma, and historical trauma.

Participants will learn about the potential lifelong impact of trauma and adversity on individuals, as revealed by the groundbreaking ACEs study and other evidence-based research. This background information will provide the context for discussing the national trend toward integrating trauma-informed practices into all service sectors as a universal approach to service delivery. Specific strategies will be provided for incorporating trauma-informed principles into VR counseling with youth and young adults in order to improve the quality of services, to increase feelings of safety for all, and to achieve more successful employment outcomes for young people referred for vocational rehabilitation.


About the Presenter: This webinar will be presented by Adene Karhan, LCSW, through the Y-TAC, Yang Tan Institute, Cornell University. Adene has a background in mental health counseling in the private practice setting with over twenty years of experience in working in the field of social services. Areas of focus include working with youth with disabilities in transition to adulthood, supporting the MH needs of individuals with ID/DD, the impact of trauma on individuals, and foster care/adoption issues.