Working with Clients with Multiple Barriers to Employment: Trauma-Informed Career Development Counseling (TI-CDC)

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 | 1–4 p.m. ET

$70 | 3 CEUs

Delivery: Synchronous Virtual Classroom via Zoom

Traumatic exposure affects a person’s ability to identify and obtain a satisfying and sustainable work life. This presentation will teach participants how to help their clients with trauma experience overcome the obstacles that impede professional growth.

In this program we will address important strategies to help people who cannot track their own decision-making to make plans that are realistic; who have been disconnected from the self-sustaining experience of earning a living; and, who are caught in cycles of programs and services and employment that spiral out of control when they get triggered in their job search or on the job.

Upon completion of this program, participants will 1) Learn how work life is impacted by trauma including difficulties with the development of a professional identity, trouble with social functioning on-the-job, misunderstanding office politics, and experiencing chronic underemployment; 2) Understand how the neurobiology of trauma impacts and at times hinders the job search process for their trauma-exposed clients in areas that include interviewing, trauma re-enactment, and choosing organizations and bosses for whom to work, and 3) Learn how Trauma-Informed Career Development Counseling (TI-CDC) can lead to post-traumatic growth in areas including integration of self and stabilization, a sense of worth and power, and a regeneration of a belief in the future.

This program is appropriate for professionals who work with people who have experienced trauma. This can include but is not limited to counselors, therapist, psychologists who work with sexual abuse survivors or IPV survivors, educational personnel who counsel students inside colleges and universities, career counselors inside educational facilities or at places like Jewish Educational Vocational Services (JEVS), anyone working with people in underserved populations etc.

Presenter: Valerie Hicks Ashley, M.S., N.C.C. As a therapist working with 20+ years of experience in trauma and PTSD, Valerie has counseled adult survivors of domestic violence, emotional abuse, physical abuse, neglect, sexual assault, people who are grieving significant losses, and people in recovery. Valerie also helps adults with childhood trauma that impacts their ability to create successful and sustainable lives through Trauma-Informed Career Development Counseling (T-ICDC). Valerie is a National Certified Counselor (N.C.C.) and a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. She has a  Master’s Degree in Community and Trauma Counseling from Thomas Jefferson University. Additional certifications include Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).