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2 Registration is Online! Visit our Website to Register - Click on Programs Follow link to STEP Professional Development 3 Ways to Pay After Registering Online Payment must be made online $ Submit copy of your confirmation with your CHECK payable to UConn Submit copy of your confirmation with your PURCHASE ORDER by MAIL or FAX TO: MAIL TO: UConn School of Social Work STEP Program 1798 Asylum Avenue West Hartford, CT Your registration is complete when payment is received by the UConn SSW. 2 UConn School of Social Work STEP PROGRAM STEP Staff Reesa Olins, MSW, Executive Program Director Beth Sharkey, MSW, Associate Director Telephone: (860) Table of Contents At-A-Glance 3 Program Descriptions 4-10 Certificate Program 11 About the Presenters What s Happening at the School of Social Work 14 General & Registration Information 15 CEC Policy 15 PROGRAM
3 At-A-Glance Register Today and Earn CECs All programs meet 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the School of Social Work unless noted otherwise. Teen Legal Rights: Advocating for Your Teen Client Stacey Violante Cote, MSW, JD - Friday, May 29 The Implementation of the DSM-5: An Advanced Seminar Misty M. Ginicola, PhD - Select the Session that Works Best for You! Thursday, June 4 or Friday, July 17 NEW! Empowering Ourselves to Empower Our Clients Debra Franklin, LCSW 3 CEC Monday, June 8, 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Professional Boundaries in Working with Children, Youth and Families Kathi M. Crowe, LICSW - Thursday, June 18 NEW! Helping Caregivers Thrive Jack Paul Gesino, DSW, LCSW - Friday, June 19 Painting from the Heart Jane Gross, MA, LCSW - Client Violence: Assessment and Management to Optimize Safety Ralph Detri, LICSW, LCDP, MPH - Friday, July 24 Emotional Freedom Technique: Care for Clients and Practitioners Catherine Ewing, LCSW, MDiv - Monday, July 27 Parent Management Training: Positive Reinforcement to Strengthen Pro-Social Behaviors Tracie Bush, MA, CKPMT & Molly McDonald, LMFT, CKPMT - Monday, August 3 Ecotherapy: Linking Social Work and the Natural World Beth Lapin, MSW, MA - Thursday, August 6 Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Do the Same as You! Building Secure Attachment through Playful Attunement Mary Dineen Elovich, LCSW - Thursday, August 13 Friday, June 26 NEW! Transgender Teens and Adults: Evaluation and Transition Irwin Krieger, LCSW - Thursday, July 9 NEW! Moving Beyond Symptoms to Address the Self in Therapy Steve A. Johnson, PhD, ScD - Monday, July 20 For further information, call (860) or visit us on the web: Due to the popularity of our programs, pre-registration is required. Seminars fill quickly, so register early. Payment is required at time of registration. An agency purchase order will also reserve your seat. 3
4 Teen Legal Rights: Advocating for Your Teen Client Stacey Violante Cote, MSW, JD Friday, May 29, 2015 Advocating for the legal rights of your teen clients can be challenging. The first challenge for many social service providers working with this population is gaining a clear understanding of their clients legal rights. In some situations the law treats teens as adults in others they are considered children. Teens are given some legal rights at age 13, others at 16, and more at age 18. In many instances, the systems serving adolescents are not even aware of the rights to which this population is entitled. The second challenge is enforcing these legal rights. Once you know that a teen s rights are not being enforced, how do you advocate for him/her? How can you empower your teen client to use the law to better his/her life situation? This seminar will provide the latest information and resources for agency and placement personnel, child advocates, and other human services professionals working with teens. Participants will use case examples and discussion to examine advocacy strategies. Most of the law discussed will be Connecticut based, however, participants will also learn about federal legal rights in some areas. This seminar will enable you to: learn about the legal rights of teens in the areas of reproductive health care, education, living options, state and federal benefit programs, teen parenting, homelessness and, where appropriate, the legal rights of immigrant teens empower your clients to make life decisions by understanding their legal rights recognize when your client is being treated unjustly examine ways to better advocate on behalf of your clients understand how to navigate amongst the various systems involved in your teen clients lives (i.e. DCF, DSS, school systems) The Implementation of the DSM-5 - An Advanced Seminar Select the Session that Works Best for You! Misty M. Ginicola, PhD Thursday, June 4, 2015 or Friday, July 17, 2015 Accompanying the creation of the DSM-5 in 2013 came a number of questions surrounding the accepted changes, implications for implementation and insurance, as well as everyday diagnostic changes. Although several seminars are available on this topic, this full-day program in particular focuses on providing pertinent information for advanced clinicians. It is expected that all attending participants know the DSM-IV-TR. Therefore, only the changes important for implementation will be reviewed. This seminar will examine the DSM-5 Revision process, including the major controversies involved. In addition, major implementation changes will be discussed, along with implications for diagnosis and insurance, highlighting the major general changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5. Each individual chapter of the DSM-5 will also be reviewed, highlighting the changes and transitions between the previous versions, along with the expressed rationale for such changes. Participants must bring their own copy of the DSM-5. This advanced seminar will enable you to: understand the process, criticisms and implications of the DSM-5 revision process learn how the DSM-5 will impact diagnosis and insurance formulate appropriate clinical diagnoses using the new diagnostic system and codes assess and identify specific changes in the DSM-5 4 UConn School of Social Work STEP PROGRAM
5 5 NEW! Empowering Ourselves to Empower Our Clients Debra Franklin, LCSW Monday, June 8, CEC 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. In this experiential seminar, you will learn how to empower your intuitive energy to become a strong, healing presence for your clients. Ms. Franklin will integrate wisdom from various sacred traditions, such as mindfulness and prayer, with energy oriented psychological approaches to overcome your perceived obstacles to helping your clients change. You will learn how to inspire your inner wisdom to help clients transform lifelong depression, anxiety, early childhood trauma, addiction, relationship difficulties, and more. By empowering ourselves as clinicians, we can help others live to their full potential with an inspired purpose so they can pursue their dreams. While the strategies discussed will be geared primarily for adults, many of the interventions will benefit clients of all ages. Case examples will be presented, however you are encouraged to bring in your own disguised cases, as well as any questions and clinical challenges. This half-day seminar will enable you to: open the door to realizing our potential to help our clients realize their transformative potential identify the qualities of the most gifted psychotherapists and learn how to develop them in ourselves including sensitivity, compassion, love, respect, intuition, spiritual connection (or higher power) discuss and practice experiential exercises: guided imagery, inner child work, Gestalt approaches, including Family Constellations, and energy psychology look more deeply at ourselves, to inspire our gifts, and to heal in order to help others heal Fees: $66 UConn SSW Alumni & Current Field Instructors $75 All Others Professional Boundaries in Working with Children, Youth and Families Kathi M. Crowe, LICSW Thursday, June 18, 2015 There are many situations that arise in working with children, youth and families for which there are few clear guidelines. Social workers and administrators are often left to their own judgment when making important decisions about very complicated issues involving professional boundaries. Decisions about these gray areas may have a serious impact on both the client and the social worker. This seminar will examine the clear and not-so-clear boundaries which frequently confront staff who work with children, youth and families. Participants will evaluate their own values and motivations as they relate to boundaries. Specific guidelines will be presented regarding self-sharing and other issues of professional boundaries that arise in the day-to-day experience of working with children, youth and families. This interactive seminar will enable you to: establish common definitions and develop a framework for making boundary decisions identify your own button-pushers and problem-solving boundary issues specific to your position define transference and countertransference differentiate personal values versus professional ethics and standards using the NASW Code of Ethics and the NASW Standards for Practice with Adolescents understand the influence of personal values on professional decisions and how that can lead to inconsistent behavior Non-Discrimination Policy Statement It is the policy of the University of Connecticut to prohibit discrimination in education, employment, and in the provision of services on the basis of legally protected class characteristics (unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification related to employment), or any other unlawful factor. In Connecticut, protected class characteristics include race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, sex (gender, sexual harassment), marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, national origin, physical/mental/learning disability, and any other group protected by civil rights laws.
6 New! Helping Caregivers Thrive Jack Paul Gesino, DSW, LCSW Friday, June 19, 2015 Numerous gerontological experts and AARP policy planners note that a Caregiver Crisis is in the making. This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of caregiving. Topics to be covered include: caregiver stress, parent-child relationships, specifically the motivators which account for providing care, husband caregivers, and the impact of baby boomers, family conflict, bereavement and end-of-life care. Although the evidence indicates the significant negative mental and physical health effects of caregiving, the degree to which specific family interventions help caregivers is not well understood. As such, this seminar will also review traditional family intervention strategies. Special attention will be given to helping caregivers not only survive or recover from caregiver stress, but to thrive in the face of caregiving demands. Instruction on the use of Positive Psychology interventions in assisting caregivers to experience less stress, feel more hopeful and lead to improved family relationships will be provided. This seminar will enable you to: identify one moral dilemma that contributes to family stress describe the role of The Blessing underlying elder/adult child relationships identify one Contextual Family therapy principle in assessing family conflict identify two Positive Psychology interventions to help caregivers better manage caregiver stress Painting from the Heart Jane Gross, MA, LCSW Friday, June 26, 2015 Infuse your practice with creative energy! Painting from the Heart is a unique method of art therapy specifically designed to encourage creative self-expression and allay those old fears of making art. Jane Gross creates an environment of support and non-judgment in which all participants, regardless of experience, can discover the power of expressing themselves spontaneously with paint. Painting from the Heart will teach you practical, effective exercises that are easy to use with families, couples and individuals. Using relaxation techniques, guided imagery, tempera paint, paper and brushes, Jane will inspire you to suspend your inner critic, stay present and release the need to plan ahead. The nonverbal nature of this method of art therapy makes it an ideal tool for working with people from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and abilities. This seminar will enable you to: learn how to administer a step by step, warm-up technique that introduces you to expressive, or process painting, and understand how and why it is valuable and effective use relaxation and guided meditation as a tool to deepen the outcome of your work with clients create emotional safety for individuals and groups use guided, expressive painting exercises for a myriad of presenting issues to encourage individuals and groups to uncover their inner source of healing and creativity learn to listen deeply to the paint and enable others to listen deeply No experience is needed - all materials are provided. Participants should dress ready to paint. 6 UConn School of Social Work STEP PROGRAM
7 7 NEW! Transgender Teens and Adults: Evaluation and Transition Irwin Krieger, LCSW Thursday, July 9, 2015 In this seminar, Irwin Krieger, author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents, will guide you through the process of providing mental health services for transgender teens and adults. You will learn about a range of transgender identities and the distinction between gender identity and sexual identity. Mr. Krieger will present the components of a comprehensive evaluation of gender identity. In the course of the day we will examine how individuals transition successfully in the contexts of family, school and work. The focus of treatment is to help the individual gain a clear understanding of their gender identity. This is a necessary precursor to consideration of any medical interventions for gender transition. The last part of the day will be dedicated to learning about the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care and the process of writing a referral letter for hormone treatment or surgery. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have about working with transgender clients. This seminar is intended for clinicians who are new to transgender care as well as those with some knowledge and experience who want to be prepared to provide more comprehensive treatment. Participants will: gain an understanding of transgender identity development be prepared to provide a comprehensive gender identity evaluation understand the challenges of gender transition in a variety of contexts learn about medical interventions and the WPATH Standards of Care learn how to write a letter for a client who is ready for medical intervention This seminar satisfies the cultural competency content requirement for Connecticut social work licensure. NEW! Moving Beyond Symptoms to Address the Self in Therapy Steve A. Johnson, PhD, ScD Monday, July 20, 2015 Decreasing the frequency, intensity, and duration of painful emotions and dysfunctional, self-sabotaging behaviors through psychotherapy is vitally important and often what initially brings a client into therapy. However, helping a client arrive at unconditional self-acceptance in the presence of the emotions and behaviors that spur the client to seek therapy can help the client build resiliency and become more effective in facing life s challenges. In this seminar we will explore simple, straightforward interventions from mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), action and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) to help clients overcome negative rating of the self to embrace unconditional self-acceptance (USA) and experience the benefits of USA. At the conclusion of the seminar, you will: understand the value of addressing the self in therapy as well as treating symptoms learn how to use interventions from different psychotherapy theories to address the self understand how to help clients embrace unconditional rather than conditional self-acceptance know how to support clients as they learn how to rate what the self does rather than the self
8 Ralph Detri, LICSW, LCDP, MPH Friday, July 24, 2015 Client Violence: Assessment and Management to Optimize Safety 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. It is estimated that nearly thirty percent of human services workers will experience a work-related, violent encounter during the span of their career. This seminar will provide participants with the tools needed to accurately assess biopsychosocial predictors of violent behavior and understand non-verbal and behavioral tactics to optimize safety. The morning portion of the day will examine clinical and forensic data which can be integrated into history-taking to predict dangerous and potentially violent behaviors. We will explore theories of violence, behavioral warnings, psychopathology measures, historical antecedents and criminal profiling. In the afternoon session, Mr. Detri will introduce participants to a range of tactical behaviors designed to support safety, including: body proxemics and safety stances, adrenal stress response, behavioral cues of violent behavior, verbal defusing, assessing weapons usage, and street, office and home-visit safety. Participants will have the opportunity to practice optimal safety skills, so you are encouraged to dress comfortably. Through the use of lecture, film, role plays and group discussion, this interactive seminar will enable you to: become familiar with history-taking instruments to assist in assessing the potential of violence examine etiological and sociological explanations for violence in human services identify psychological and behavioral cues relevant to the escalation of violence learn about various types of common weapons and how they are concealed learn how to safely manage and arrange your office and prepare for home visits manage potential street encounters more carefully Emotional Freedom Technique: Care for Clients and Practitioners Catherine Ewing, LCSW, MDiv Monday, July 27, 2015 EMDR, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy and applied kinesiology. There is a growing body of research showing the efficacy of EFT in many different settings. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of Energy Psychology combining psychotherapy and energy healing techniques. It is based on the understanding of the human body as an electrical system and the recognition of the systems of subtle energy that surround and interface with the physical body. These include the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies. EFT, a form of emotional acupuncture, is centered around the profound effects of the body s subtle energies based on the idea that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body s energy system. EFT has proven to be effective in the treatment of a variety of mental health and physical symptoms. It also has the benefit of being able to be taught to clients so that they can utilize it outside of therapy. Emotional Freedom Technique has application across a broad range of issues, including stress and anxiety related disorders, PTSD, physical pain, self-sabotage, cravings and addictions, and performance. It draws from a variety of proven modalities, including Thought Field Therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, In this engaging seminar, participants will: learn about the roots of Energy Psychology and tapping modalities learn the basics of energy meridian tapping, including Emotional Freedom Technique understand the concept of cellular memory and its role in healing experience muscle testing, or kinesiology have a direct experience of the benefits of tapping have time to practice and gain confidence in using EFT learn how to use Emotional Freedom Technique with their clients and for their own self-care 8 UConn School of Social Work STEP PROGRAM
9 9 Parent Management Training Positive Reinforcement to Strengthen Pro-Social Behaviors Tracie Bush, MA, CKPMT & Molly McDonald, LMFT, CKPMT Monday, August 3, 2015 Children with behavioral problems can be very difficult to treat. Parents often resist seeking help and try to handle the problems themselves, at times resorting to harsh, punitive discipline. Sometimes the advice they receive does not work in setting limits and changing behaviors. In addition, such children can be very difficult for their siblings and peers to deal with, creating a vicious cycle in which the problem just gets worse. Based on over thirty years of experience working with families whose children have disruptive behavior disorders, the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic, under the guidance of Dr. Alan E. Kazdin, has developed Parent Management Training (PMT). PMT is an evidence based treatment involving strategies that revolve around the use of positive reinforcement, antecedents, practice, and problem solving. PMT greatly improves pro-social behaviors and decreases noncompliant, oppositional, aggressive and antisocial behaviors. This seminar will enable you to: identify and describe core Parent Management techniques create positive reinforcement programs to strengthen prosocial behaviors teach the use of effective punishment techniques to decrease aggression integrate skills to design effective programs motivate your clients to use skills consistently conduct effective role-plays in session with parents in order to teach skills Help Wanted! Instructors Experienced in Online Training The UConn School of Social Work is looking for professional development trainers with experience in developing and providing online instruction. Do you have expertise in a particular area? Are you interested in submitting a proposal for an online training? We want to hear from you!
10 Beth Lapin, MSW, MA Thursday, August 6, 2015 In our hectic lives, nature can provide balance and centering, healing and solace during difficult times. As a healing modality, Ecotherapy is an emerging field that links social work and the natural world. People around the world recognize the value of Ecotherapy and (re)connecting with nature in a personal way. Ecotherapy: Relieves stress Provides a sense of well-being Makes people happier and kinder Helps people heal faster Addresses mental and emotional health issues Shifts our relationship with the rest of the Earth Increases our willingness to heal the Earth Ecotherapy: Linking Social Work and the Natural World examples that practitioners can add to their tool kit. With appreciation of and respect for the natural world, we will also explore what small steps we can take to give back to nature in reciprocity. In this experiential seminar, participants will: understand the definition and scope of Ecotherapy become aware of research supporting the value of Ecotherapy consider reasons for its effectiveness experience hands-on examples of Ecotherapy develop ways to integrate Ecotherapy into practice establish small steps to give back to nature Weather permitting, the group will take a walk around the Greater Hartford Campus. Participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes and comfortable clothing. The seminar will provide an introduction to Ecotherapy, examine research addressing how and why it works, and offer hands-on Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Do the Same as You! Building Secure Attachment through Playful Attunement Mary Dineen Elovich, LCSW Thursday, August 13, 2015 Children with trauma navigate chaotic surroundings, insecure attachments, intergenerational abuse and neglect patterns while attempting to communicate the pain of violence and neglect through internalized and externalized behaviors. Bringing an understanding of neuroscience to children normalizes their symptoms and reduces shame while creating empowerment and self-acceptance. This interactive seminar will explore early attachments and biology, the development of implicit memory patterns affecting brain architecture, and the crippling effect of trauma on securing a loving, safe relationship between child, caregiver and environment. Participants will learn about interpersonal neurobiology with attention to their experience of Vicarious Trauma and the positive clinical impact of right brain to right brain ( neural Wi-Fi ) interventions increasing a personal sense of coherence. We will explore ways to increase caregiver involvement by creating an environment of respect and partnership using the evidence based intervention of Circle of Security. Ideas will abound for inspiring awareness of the connectedness of brain, body, and heart in children, caregiver, and clinician. Be prepared to learn, laugh, explore, question and take away a myriad of interventions using neuroscience as our guide. An extensive list of references will be provided to reinforce continued self-exploration. This highly interactive Play Date will enable you to: demonstrate a knowledge of attachment theory and the neurobiological impact of preverbal and early childhood trauma on brain architecture influencing social, emotional and cognitive development identify clinical skills to increase attuned experiences during interactive therapy to strengthen your ability to read and catch moment to moment cueing by children and caregivers learn about Dr. Daniel Siegel s brain in the palm of your hand to teach basic neuroscience language for describing the regions of the brain explore interpersonal neurobiology to help inspire integrating work, home and play into joy, self-acceptance and a sense of wellbeing gain an awareness of the evidence based intervention developed to help at risk caregivers called, Circle of Security 10 UConn School of Social Work STEP PROGRAM
11 11 Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) Projected Start: October 2015 The UConn School of Social Work partners with The Center for Adoption Support and Education to offer Training for Adoption Competency (TAC). Currently being offered in thirteen states, UConn is the only TAC-certified site in Connecticut. This intensive training is specifically designed to provide social workers, mental health workers, and child welfare professionals with the clinical knowledge and skills needed to offer high quality services to: Adopted children and youth Children preparing for adoption Birth parents and kinship families Prospective adoptive parents Adoptive families Benefits: 72-hours of training that are CEC eligible Six months of case consultation with national experts Graduates of the TAC receive a certificate of completion, are identified as Adoption Competent Specialists, and receive national recognition on the Center for Adoption and Support Education s website. Training Format: Twelve sessions totaling 72 hours approximately once a month on a Monday or Friday from 9:00 a.m. 4:15 p.m. Information sharing, written handouts and resources, experiential learning, including case studies, role plays, and introspective work. Six monthly case consultation sessions follow the classroom training to support the transfer of learning to practice. TAC Content Areas: Adoption History, Law and Process Introduction to Adoption Competent Mental Health Practice Clinical Issues in Planning, Preparing for and Supporting Adoption Clinical Issues in Providing Therapeutic Services: Grief, Loss and Separation Trauma and Brain Neurobiology Attachment Adopted Adolescents and Identity Development Clinical Issues in Working with Birth and Adoptive Families Clinical Work with Adoptive Families: Managing Challenging Behaviors Openness in Adoption Race and Ethnicity in Adoption Integrating Adoption Competencies: Knowledge, Skills and Values For more information: or
12 About the Presenters... Tracie Bush, MA, CKPMT and Molly McDonald, LMFT, CKPMT, worked at the Yale Parenting Center (YPC) for a combined 21 years and continue as consultants to YPC. They were instrumental in developing the professional training workshops and certification program in PMT that are currently being used at the clinic. Tracie is the Executive Director and Founder of The Parent Management Training Institute in Madison, CT. She received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College. Molly is a clinician at The Family Resource and Development Center in West Hartford and Creative Healing Services in Milford, CT, and maintains a private practice. She has been a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family since She received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University. Having worked with hundreds of families and professionals from all over the world, Tracie and Molly have a vast knowledge of how best to implement Parent Management skills with a variety of behavioral problems. Stacey Violante Cote, MSW, JD, is an attorney at the Center for Children s Advocacy. She holds an MSW and a JD from the University of Connecticut. She is currently the Project Director for the Teen Legal Advocacy Project at the Center. Ms. Violante Cote has taught several training sessions to professionals working with teens, as well as to teens themselves, on a range of adolescent legal issues. She is a contributing author to How to Start Your Own School-Based Legal Services (American Bar Association Publishing, 2002). Stacey was honored as part of UConn s 40 Under 40, a select group of accomplished alumni representing a wide array of academic programs. Kathi M. Crowe, LICSW, has served as a consultant in the area of youth development and child welfare services to private and public child welfare agencies across the country. Ms. Crowe is the former Executive Director of the National Foster Care Coalition based in Washington, DC, where she coordinated advocacy efforts which resulted in significant policy reform. She is a sought after trainer as well as keynote speaker at local and national conferences. Ms. Crowe earned her MSW from the UConn School of Social Work and has served as an adjunct instructor at the UConn and Rhode Island College Schools of Social Work. Kathi is currently the Executive Director of Waterbury Youth Service System, Inc. Ralph Detri, LICSW, LCDP, MPH, has over thirty years of experience as a clinician, supervisor, administrator and educator in a variety of settings. As a former member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, Mr. Detri lectures and consults locally and nationally to agencies and schools of social work on the management of aggressive behavior. Previously an instructor at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy, he is a Police Use of Force Instructor, an FBI trained hostage negotiator and a multiple black belt martial arts instructor. He has worked as a consultant and trainer for the CT Department of Social Services and has been providing state-wide training in violence management for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Mr. Detri owns and directs Personal Security Training, a program designed to teach human services workers the necessary skills to de-escalate and manage violent behavior and its aftermath. He is currently an adjunct instructor of social work at Salve Regina University and a special lecturer of counselor education at Providence College. Mary Dineen Elovich, LCSW, is a Clinical Therapist and Program Coordinator of the Child Abuse Treatment Services (CATS) Program at Klingberg Family Centers. She also is Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Saint Joseph School of Social Work. Mary s area of clinical specialty is early childhood physical/sexual abuse and the impact trauma has on developing brain architecture. She has trained internationally in Risking Connection and developed and conducted clinical trainings related to neuroscience, Vicarious Trauma, and the future impact of trauma on the adolescent brain. Mary is also a Circle of Security Parenting Educator to help caregivers form secure attachments with their children in early childhood. Currently, she is part of an attachment group with other mental health leaders in the state that disseminates information to increase children s success socially, emotionally and cognitively. As Executive Chair of the Greater Hartford Multi-Disciplinary Team, Mary was part of a group advocating within the medical, forensic and legal system to prosecute abusers and reduce victimization for children in our state. Mary s partner in play is named Rosie who is currently in training to become a licensed therapy dog. Catherine Ewing, LCSW, MDiv, founder of Helping Women Heal, is a spiritually focused psychotherapist, Transformational Life Coach, EFT Practitioner, Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, Certified Dream Coach, Passion Test Facilitator, and Reiki Master Teacher. She has been a student of the mind/ body/ spirit connection for over 20 years. She takes clients and audiences on a journey of deep emotional healing, spiritual awakening and profound personal transformation. Prior to her work as a psychotherapist and healer, Catherine worked in the areas of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, school social work, program coordination and training. She also served as the CT Coordinator of the Governor s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children. Catherine is passionate about helping people release old traumas, beliefs and emotions that keep them stuck in their story and unable to live into their essential divine Self. Debra Franklin, LCSW, provides holistic psychotherapy services for adults, couples, families, adolescents, and children individually and in groups as part of Progressive Psychotherapy in Granby and Hartford, CT. A graduate of Smith College with 28 years of experience, she also supervises interns and other clinical social workers. Debra integrates approaches from her personal healing and training in spiritual practices, Gestalt Family Constellations, Non-Violent Communication, Reiki, guided imagery (including the Totem Pole Process), meditation, inner childwork, and energy psychology. She has 12 UConn School of Social Work STEP PROGRAM