Available Trainings

To schedule a training or if you have any questions please contact:
Ariel James
PA PTSD Project Coordinator and Facilitator,
Juvenile County Probation Officer II
(724)830-1815
ajames@co.westmoreland.pa.us
OR Lee Ann Boehme, Legal Secretary
(724)830-1816
lboehme@co.westmoreland.pa.us


Title Description
Developmental Trauma Disorder Developmental Trauma Disorder is a concept developed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to better define the symptomology that children suffer from as a result of multiple, chronic, prolonged, and developmentally adverse traumatic events of an interpersonal nature. Developmental Trauma Disorder has not yet been accepted in the DSM-V, but has gained the recognition and support of leading psychiatrists today. The concept was developed because a diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder does not accurately depict all of the symptoms children suffer when they're repeatedly traumatized during childhood.  As a result, these youth need very specific treatments to address their complex trauma related issues. This training will educate participants on the causes and symptoms of Developmental Trauma Disorder, and the various treatments that can be utilized to effectively combat this growing public health concern.
Mental Health Issues in Adolescence
It is reported over 75% of adolescents suffer from disorders either detected or undetected. Anxiety and Mood Disorders are among the most common. Join us for this interactive one day training. 
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Special Populations Current research in the field of trauma is showing that treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder cannot be approached in a “one size fits all “ manner. The effects of trauma very greatly depending on the type of trauma, as well as the severity and duration of the trauma. There has been rapid advancement in formulating specific treatment approaches for specific types of traumatized populations. This training will examine the unique symptoms and specific treatment protocols that can be utilized to help victims of sex trafficking, people that have lost loved ones to murder, and children that have endured war, slavery, or political terror, as well as some other unique trauma populations
Residential Treatment Curriculum Attendees must have two years of adolescent group experience and a Bachelor’s    Degree. Master’s Degree is preferred. Agencies must have a consulting relationship with a psychologist/psychiatrist. Agencies must also be able to provide regular clinical supervision for facilitators and maintain integrity to the curriculum model. The cost to register for the week long certification training is $725.00. 
Stressless This interactive training will help in reevaluating your stressors and hopefully assist you in daily living, all by having a hard laugh!
Signs & Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Adolescent Population This one day training will review information along with basic signs and symptoms of PTSD.
Stress In Adolescence Research studies have been consistent in identifying stress as a significant issue for adolescents. This is a one day interactive training experience for staff.
Urban Violence Traumatic Stress Response
Urban Violence Traumatic Stress Response Syndrome (UVTS) is a concept developed by Dr. Erwin Randolph Parsons. UVTS is not a diagnosis found in DSM-V; rather, it is a concept explaining how many urban youth become afflicted with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. While working with inner-city youth, Dr. Parsons discovered many of these youth were showing the same signs and symptoms as people that were diagnosed with PTSD. Although UVTS symptoms are very similar to those of PTSD, there are also some unique symptoms that come along with UVTS. Treatment needs of these youth are also unique. This training will cover the causes, symptoms, and treatments of Urban Violence Traumatic Response Syndrome. It is also worth noting that although we see this most often in inner-city youth, it can occur anytime a youth is being raised in a violent and chaotic environment with insufficient parental guidance and supervision.
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