Childhood Trauma; the Brain; and Addiction, Health and Behavior: A Case for Compassion and Hope

Friday, April 1, 2022 | 9-11 a.m. ET

$50 | 2 CEUs and/or Act 48 credit

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Delivery: Synchronous Virtual Classroom via Zoom

This training will review the latest research about why individuals have mental illness, including addictions, as well as the potential for healing. It will include an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study.

The connection between childhood trauma and susceptibility to addiction can be best understood when one realizes what experience means for the brain’s development.

Learning objectives include helping clinicians increase their understanding of the following: 1) the correlation between adverse childhood experiences and negative outcomes during both adolescence and adulthood associated with mental health, including addictions, physical health, and behaviors; 2) the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences on both the structure and chemical activity of the developing brain; 3) research supporting neuroplasticity and healing; and 4) general recommendations for treating the impact of adverse childhood experiences.

Instructor: Robert Ryan, MSS, LCSW, MBA, provides psychoeducation about several topics and facilitates relapse prevention groups at Keystone Extended Care Unit, an inpatient facility focused on helping clients address sexual compulsivity, problematic sexual behavior, and childhood trauma. He also provides outpatient individual therapy services to individuals with serious mental illnesses at Creative Health Services, Inc, a community health agency. He has presented extensively about the connection between childhood trauma, the brain, and health and behavior to clinicians and clients.