Beyond Trauma-Informed Care:



Presented and developed by Liz Covey, LMHC, LMT and Sally Carman, OTR/L


 A Forked Path: “Trauma-informed” approaches are discussed everywhere. Though our primary means of therapy practice and our institutions remain largely unchanged despite the wisdom of trauma theory and its clarion call to change.

Participants Will Understand:

  • How trauma theory is a disruption to our profession in clinical practice, which encourages us to adapt and grow into new areas that are interdisciplinary and expand beyond dyadic talk, insight and self-awareness as the main mechanisms of healing
  • How to better interpret cases by using a comprehensive “trauma and attachment lens” in case formulation as well as in case planning
  • How to apply the tools of integrative trauma work into clinical practice in ways that exceed mere knowledge about the disorders associated with trauma
  • The importance of the neurobiology of attachment, and how this is the initial “hard wiring” in our clients

Participants Will Be Able To:

  • Distinguish between clinical work that is “trauma-informed” from that which is “trauma-integrated”
  • Describe and identify the varieties of trauma and to be able to recognize the importance of trauma integration as basic mental health care, regardless of comorbid conditions
  • Understand the theory and practices of whole-person and whole-brain approaches in clinical practice
  • Identify and describe the Core Systems and Core Faculties, and explain their functions and roles in integrative healing
  • Experience increased awareness of one’s own Core Systems and Core Faculties through exercises completed in this workshop
  • Develop a sense of how to work with the Core Systems and Core Faculties in therapy practice, including the basic concepts of somatosensory processing and the role of sensory/motor techniques in trauma-integrated treatment
  • Become familiar with the Sensory Profile 2 Questionnaire, concept/use of Sensory Diet, and understand how specific sensory/motor tools may be useful for trauma-integrated treatment
  • Identify and share various therapy modalities, practices and approaches that work directly with the Core Systems and Core Faculties for whole-person and trauma-integrated mental health care



Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs


Liz Covey, LMHC, LMT


Liz Covey is a licensed massage therapist and licensed mental health counselor in private practice in South Seattle, WA specializing in integrative trauma and attachment work with children and adults. She has extensive experience in the field of mental health, having worked with various populations, including community-supported foster care, DSHS Child Welfare families, inmates at the King County Jail, as well as serving the general population in private and non-profit counseling settings. She was the clinical manager of Hope House/Lutheran Community Service NW in Astoria, Oregon for four years, and has extensive supervision, training and community education experience. She has presented on clinical topics and held workshops for Oregon DHS foster parents, Parks and Recreation employees, and taught at the Community College level as a guest lecturer on special topics related to trauma, attachment and parenting.

Liz is working on a book with Sally Carman, OTR/L to accompany their training materials, and is also in the process of founding a non-profit organization to provide free counseling via video conference to people who are incarcerated.





Sally Carman, OTR/L


Sally Carman OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist who has worked for four decades with children and adults in a variety of capacities.   Her Occupational Therapy employment has included setting up and implementing the OT program for the Tacoma Chronic Pain Management Program; she also worked fourteen years at St. Joseph and St. Francis Medical Center mental health units (Tacoma and Federal Way WA), Sally received  a post-masters Certificate in Attachment-Focused Therapy, and has served as a Clinical Adjunct professor for the graduate level Occupational Therapy program at the University of Puget Sound. Previously the Owner/Director of Center for Therapeutic Intervention, a multi-therapist pediatric clinic in Gig Harbor WA, she currently works, trains, and consults in this clinic and at Pasos Adelante, a multi-faceted clinic in Puerto Vallarta MX.  Sally’s primary focus is with those affected by adverse childhood experiences, notably foster/adopted children and families; among the approaches she uses are a wide variety of sensorimotor techniques, social/ interpersonal skill work, and caregiver education and support. 

Sally has been a requested speaker and trainer for a wide variety of audiences:  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), school educators in both the United States and Mexico, adoption agency-sponsored groups, courses for social workers and counselors, and parent associations.  In January 2016 under the auspices of SowingRoots.org, Sally was sent to the Children’s Shelter in Cebu, Philippines to provide staff training, materials, and support. She was chosen in February 2015 by Seattle’s KIRO radio as a “Hometown Hero.”




Upcoming Dates and Registration


Date: Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $159.00 USD

Campus: Nile Event Center, Nile Golf Course, Mount Lake Terrace, WA
Room:     Potentate's Lounge
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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