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Trauma in the Developmental Context

Richmont is opening a portion of this introductory course in the Trauma Specialization to Richmont alumni and the surrounding community for Continuing Education Credit. Please note that this is only a portion of an entire course offered for a reduced fee. If you are interested in auditing or taking the entire course for course credit, please contact our registrar. This event is not sponsored by the alumni association and does not fall under the benefits of founding membership status. 

When: Friday, September 19 from 8:30am – 2:00pm and 6:00-9:00pm

             Saturday, September 20 from 8:30am-5:00pm, 1 hour lunch break

Where: Richmont Graduate University

               Atlanta Campus, Room 302

               2055 Mt. Paran Road, NW

               Atlanta, GA 30327

*The 2014 Alumni Reunion on Friday, September 19 is included as seat time for this CE opportunity. Registration and fees for the Alumni Reunion are included in registration for this CE opportunity. The course will meet during the day at Richmont’s Atlanta Campus and join other Alumni Reunion attendees at the Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina for the evening portion.

Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina

4000 Summit Boulevard

Atlanta, GA 30319

Presenter: Jana Pressley, Psy.D, Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor at Wheaton College

Topic: This introductory seminar will focus on the impact of trauma exposures on the developing child, and ways these impacts may continue to manifest through the lifespan.  The course will include a review of normative development, and impact of trauma on developmental tasks; an overview of the attachment system and variations in attachment formation; and a discussion of the functional nature of behaviors.  Implications for treatment will be briefly discussed.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

1)       Summarize an overview of the status of current knowledge regarding exposure to traumatic stress, including epidemiology and clinical course.

2)       Define “complex traumatic stress.”

3)       Describe and explain long term consequences of exposure to traumatic stress.

4)       Explain basic ways that traumatic experiences impact brain functioning.

5)       Discuss the biological systems implicated in the traumatic response.

6)       Explain the developmental pathways model of the impact of early experience.

7)       Explain the relation between early trauma and long-term consequences

8)       Describe key processes relevant to the long-term impact of trauma, and the functional nature of adaptation.

9)       Utilize a greater understanding of the contextual variable that contributes to complex trauma.

10)    Differentiate between simple and complex traumatic responses.

11)    Describe the role the early care-giving environment plays in the childhood development of basic self regulatory capacity.

12)    Explain the ways in which the caregiver context can both help and hinder recovery to traumatic stress.

13)    Define factors associated with resiliency.

14)    Identify core themes of spiritual impact that may overlap with a complex trauma history.

Continuing Education: 15 NBCC-approved CE Clock hours Awarded. 15 approved CE Clock Hours Awarded to Psychologists.

Fees: $225.00

Note: Attendees are required to attend both days to receive CE credit for this event. Partial credit will not be awarded. Space is limited. Please register early to reserve your spot. Attendees will be admitted to this seminar on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration: Please click here to register for this event.

Please direct your questions regarding this seminar to Autumn Stephenson at or 423-648-2679.

Richmont Graduate University is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Trauma in the Developmental Context