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Minding Wounds – 7th Annual What’s Emerging with Emerging Adults? Free Educational Program September 18, 2013

Yellowbrick eagerly anticipates the 7th Annual What’s Emerging with Emerging Adults? free educational program scheduled for September 18, 2013 from 8-11:45am in Evanston, Illinois. Partnering with The Menninger Clinic of Houston, Texas, Yellowbrick hosts this yearly event in order to provide free continuing education workshops to registered social workers, marriage and family counselors, and clinical counselors who provide psychiatric help for young adults.

Minding Wounds: Individual and Group Approaches to Trauma Recovery, presented by Robbie Bogard, LCSW, Yellowbrick Clinical Director, Group Programs, will focus on treatment techniques for young adults in trauma recovery.  Ms. Bogard designs group therapy approaches used throughout the Trauma Recovery Program at Yellowbrick.  She will share her expertise, including the neurobiological perspective of trauma, highlighting how to integrate with multiple models and perspectives in helping emerging adults process the response to trauma.

Trauma strikes in the form of physical, emotional, mental, or sexual abuse, acts of community or gang violence, exposure to war, natural disaster, loss, and unexpected medical illness or emergency.  Emerging adults having experienced trauma may not be able to put the traumatic event in the past.  Trauma ignites strong reactivity within the body and the mind, causing a fight, flight, or freeze response.  Complex emotional reactions, like being consumed by a state of shock, disbelief, or denial, paired with altered functioning of the central nervous system make it difficult to move forward post-trauma. Commonly, emerging adults withdraw socially and submit to living in fear, anger, or heavy sadness after trauma occurs.  Behavior and thought patterns change, often resulting in unhealthy coping methods like isolating oneself, abusing substances, or causing harm to oneself.

Emerging adults reach positive outcomes by seeking mental health services as a means of intervention post-trauma.  A multi-faceted approach, treating the psychological and neurobiological repercussions caused by trauma, like the Trauma Recovery Program at Yellowbrick, may help an emerging adult process the mental, emotional, and cognitive aftermath caused by trauma.  With program options including yoga and art therapy, Yellowbrick clinicians encourage emerging adults to be mindful as they begin to understand how trauma has shifted their behaviors, thoughts, and response to stress.

Who Should Attend?

Registered social workers, marriage and family counselors, and clinical counselors who provide psychiatric help for young adults who have experienced trauma are encouraged to participate in the 7th Annual What’s Emerging with Emerging Adults? Free Educational Conference scheduled for September 18, 2013.

Continuing education credits (CEU) are available for a service fee of $25.  Find out more and register here.

Location: One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, 3rd Floor, Evanston, IL 60201.

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