Treating Trauma in Teens: Practical Strategies for Helping Survivors get Unstuck



Presented and developed by David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP


One in four Americans experience some form of trauma by age 16. For some, such as ethnic or sexual minorities, the likelihood of trauma exposure can be much higher. As these individuals move through adolescence, untreated trauma typically lead to a variety of emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges – resulting in a cycle of stuckness characterized by increasing mental health challenges, substance-related issues, school and work failures, problematic peer relationships, and other concerns.

As mental health professionals, our goal should be to help these teens get unstuck. In this workshop, we’ll develop the clinical skills and knowledge to do just that.

We’ll start this workshop by deepening our understanding of ways trauma can impact teens and identifying the core elements that make trauma therapy effective. Then we’ll examine practical, effective steps we can take to establish transformative therapeutic alliances – even with the most highly resistant participants.

With this foundation in place, we’ll explore five practical, developmentally appropriate strategies for treating trauma in teens. Inspired by motivational interviewing, stages-of-change theory, and trauma-informed care, these field-tested strategies are designed to increase engagement, improve treatment outcomes, and help teens get unstuck.




Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs


David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP


David Flack is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP), with additional credentials as a Child Mental Health Specialist and Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist. He is certified by the American Counseling Association to provide trainings related to the organization’s current Code of Ethics.

 For twenty years, David has worked with individuals and families impacted by substance use, trauma, and mental health challenges – as a therapist, drug/alcohol counselor, and case manager. Currently in private practice, David works with teens and young adults addressing issues related to complex trauma and co-occurring disorders. Prior to entering private practice, he spent 15 years in community mental health agencies, primarily as an adolescent co-occurring disorders therapist.

In addition to his clinical work, David is an experienced trainer and workshop facilitator. He has regularly provided professional development and continuing education programs both regionally and nationally. He has also presented for non-profit agencies, county sponsored events, and over 100 times at international, national, and regional conferences -- including the American Counseling Association and Association of Experiential Education.




Upcoming Dates and Registration


Date: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $155.00 USD

Campus: Shoreline Center , Shoreline, WA
Room:     Ballinger room
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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