Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Continuing Education Workshop

Receive 4 Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Workshop
Complex Trauma in Urban Youth: Diagnostic Concerns and Evidence-Based Treatment

November 21, 2014
9:00 am—1:00 pm

at DePaul University 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue, Rm 220 Chicago, IL

This workshop will provide an overview of complex trauma in children and adolescents with a specific focus on complex traumas of chronic poverty and exposure to violence. Participants will leave with an understanding of current research on the psychological impact of urban youth exposure to complex trauma, such as development of developmental trauma disorder and other psychological impacts. Participants will also leave with knowledge and ready to use tools and strategies to implement evidence-based treatment for youth exposed to complex traumas of urban poverty and exposure to violence. Activities include group discussion and in vivo practice of treatment strategies.

What you will learn:

  • Define and understand the importance of complex trauma exposure for urban youth and its psychological impact.
  •  Introduce and discuss proposals for complex trauma reaction diagnosis for children and adolescents (developmental trauma disorder, complex post-traumatic stress disorder).
  • Participants will learn effective approaches to conceptualization and diagnosis using a complex trauma framework.
  • Participants will leave with an understanding of how to implement evidence-based treatment strategies, activities and tools for complex trauma exposed youth, such as application of dialectal behavior therapy strategies
  • Participants will leave with knowledge of evidenced-based manualized trauma-focused treatments for urban youth, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and Real Life Heroes

Who should attend: Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors and other professionals that work with children and adolescents exposed to trauma.

This in an Intermediate level workshop.


Dr. Sophia Duffy received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University. Dr. Duffy is currently completing a post-doctoral residency at DePaul University focused on clinical research in the area of stress and coping and the development and implementation of contextually and culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs for urban, minority youth exposed to chronic and severe stress. She is also a staff therapist at DePaul Family and Community Services treating youth and families across a wide range of clinical needs. Dr. Duffy’s areas of personal research and clinical interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma reactions and disorders in diverse populations of children and adolescents, particularly youth exposed to severe stressors of urban poverty and chronic exposure to violence. She has several publications and presentations in the general area of chronic stress exposure and psychopathology and the specific area of complex trauma as well as intervention development to promote youth resiliency.

Course: DPU200
COST: $85
Student Rate: $10 use code: DFCSStudent15 (Student ID must be presented at the workshop)

Cancellations received at least 7 calendar days before event are refundable, less a $75 cancellation fee.
Light Refreshments Served.

Family and Community Services (DFCS)

DFCS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. DFCS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This program offers 4 CE credits for psychologists. Please verify with your licensing jurisdiction if CE credits issued by APA Continuing Education/Psychology Sponsors are recognized for your particular professional discipline. Full attendance is required to receive credit.