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Trauma and Crisis Managers: Processing on-the-job Experiences






Trauma-informed care is the standard of care for mental health and addiction clients, according SAMHSA. Crisis managers, such as police officers, fire-fighters, nurses, doctors and even social workers, counselors and pastors all play a unique role in managing the after-math of disasters whether they are natural or man-made. The management of a catastrophe can result in secondary trauma as well as direct, on-the-job traumatic experiences. The impact of trauma is cumulative. It may not be just one horrific incident that leads to PTSD, depression, anxiety or other symptoms. It may be years of responding to or listening to such experiences that leads to “burn-out”, “cop-shock”, “wounded-warrior syndrome” or even suicide. This workshop will address some of the unique needs of crisis managers (especially counselors) and present a structured, “source-focused” approach to assisting crisis managers in recovery and maintenance.


Navigating the First Phase of Trauma Recovery in a Spiritual Context

This workshop is a follow-up to STAR Basic training but can also be a starting point for counselors interested in learning this Christian-Integrated  technique. Unlike the Phase 2 workshop which is spiritually integrated, this workshop will be specifically Christian integrated using psychology and theology, combining scripture and research. Participants will learn the content of the Phase 1-Safety and Stabilization class, “Inside-Out Recovery: Let the Healing Begin!”, along with techniques for teaching in individual sessions, using handouts, and presentation in group/class settings using the workbook. “Inside-Out Recovery: Let the Healing Begin” is a psycho-educational class that can be used in treatment centers, churches, outpatient centers, etc. It can be led by professional counselors or by trained lay-counselors. (More)

Training and Workshops

Strategic Trauma & Abuse Recovery: A Source-Focused Model for Healing

February 1-3, 2018

Comments from previous participants when asked: What did you like best about this seminar?

“Developing a full understanding of the trauma process and how the trauma recovery model works” “The holistic connection of the process.” “Handouts with examples, the teaching process, theoretical and spiritual concepts” “The content. Very exciting! Love how it integrates spirituality and psychology while following a source focused model” “Everything, I couldn’t get enough” “The spiritual perspective within the program” “How the brain is programmed and the affects developed with trauma. Also the role playing” “Demonstrations and handouts” “The information, the program, Dr. Colson passion to help people be healthy.” “Role playing; it was fun and very informative” “Handouts and role playing” “Role plays” “Interaction and role play; Denice is extremely personable, relaxed and peer oriented! Her illustrations and personal examples are very helpful!” “Content and interactive role plays; it was very well organized” “The hope that is provided” “The role plays were very helpful in conceptualizing and understanding the structure of this model. It was very helpful”


Comments from previous participants: “Fun and engaging much better than other presentations,” “Great presentation!” “Excellent- Very knowledgeable and unbiased J” “Good & very useful training!!”
What did you like best about this seminar? “Interactive component,” “The interaction, the setting and knowledge of facilitator,” “The overview using live presentation,” “Scenarios were very helpful, group work was helpful,” “The overview of the DSM-5 in detail – Changes, clinical rationales etc. Elimination of Axis!” “Interactions w/ others,” “The information regard DSM-5; interaction w/ the presenter.” “AV use & Role Plays,” “?” “Great presentation & presenter,” “Live role-play Denice is a great presenter. Interesting and engaging,” “Practicing case studies,” “Live presentation,”
Making A Differential Diagnosis with the DSM-5

Psychotherapy has ignored, and sometimes feared, spirituality in the counseling relationship. A new emphasis on spiritual integration has emerged led by, but definitely not limited to, Christian-based counseling. In fact, Christian integrationists have built entire post-graduate psychology and counseling programs around the integration of psychology and theology. Other spiritual integrations include Buddhism, Wicca, Native American religions, and many others.

This workshop will review various models for the integration of spirituality and counseling, the history of Christian-integration in mental health, and review the ethical codes of leading mental health organizations as they relate to spiritual integration.  (Read More)

Generational Trauma: Families and Addiction

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Addiction, Health, and Well-Being.


Comments from previous participants: “Great information!” “Fantastic. I hope she returns next year!!” “Excellent presentation. The presentation was highly informative & the presenter was able to keep my attention throughout the whole presentation.” “I’d recommend this presentation.”“Presentation was awesome” “Denice was excellent.”

Which parts of the presentation were most helpful? a) What is ACE b) statistical outcomes of study(s)” “Obvious research time sent in preparation” “All of it learning how to address trauma is valuable. She has a lot of info.”“How the ACES (trauma) contributes to addiction & maladaptive behaviors & how important it is to address trauma in treatment.”“Information presented” “Appreciated detailed handouts, presentation.” ”The 6 step in Development” Presentation” “ACE study was great!” “Handouts & resources” “The root of how childhood plays a vital piece in adult behavioral issues.” “All well-presented & very practical, well-paced” “Learning how to start with the source.” “ACE desc. Source approach”




Becoming a More Trauma-Informed Mental Health Provider