Trauma Expertise in Clinical Practice: Towards an Integrated Model of Understanding Trauma Treatment


Bea Hollander-Goldfein, PhD, LMFT (she/her) and Frani Pollack, PhD, LCSW (she/her)

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

9:00 am to 3:00 pm ET (1-hour break for lunch)

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

5 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, and PA/DE Social Workers

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1 -2 days prior to the event date.

Council for Relationships is continuing to offer professional development workshops. All of our workshops will be held online until further notice. Earn CE credits from home.

Our workshops are intimate and, due to the nature of the content, active participation is expected.  It is expected that all attendees keep their camera on for the duration of the workshop. If you have questions about our expectations or require accommodations, please contact Abby Bronstein, Professional Development Manager.


Workshop Description:

Advances in understanding human development, in addition to the major contributions of brain science, have added to our understanding of trauma’s impact and effective treatment. The focus of this workshop will be an overview of the field of trauma studies through the exploration of an evolving integrated model of coping and adaptation after trauma. Important concepts in the field of trauma treatment will be reviewed and expanded to include the impact of intergenerational adaptation to trauma studied by the Transcending Trauma Project.

The workshop presenters will review the definitions of PTSD, Complex PTSD, and ACES; discuss the range of treatment options currently in practice, including brain-based, body-centered, affective, and cognitive models, as well as systems-oriented approaches; and present an integrated conceptualization of trauma treatment that explains how top-down, and bottom-up therapeutic approaches work in concert to promote recovery and healing from trauma’s lasting effects.

Level of Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate


Learning Objectives:

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess traumatic events and their impact on post trauma symptoms and functioning.
  2. Explain how traumatic events and childhood abuse affect brain functioning.
  3. Apply basic principles of trauma informed care in their clinical work.
  4. Identify the continuum of trauma treatments, describe their focus on different domains of human experience, and describe an integrative approach to conceptualizing the impact of top-down and bottom-up approaches.
  5. Explain how family-based therapy addresses the inter-generational transmission of trauma.



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Fishbane, M.D. (2019). Healing intergenerational wounds: An integrative relational-neurobiological approach. Family Process, 58, p. 796-818. 

Jones, C.W. (2019). Setting the stage for change: An eco-systemic approach to in-home family-based treatment. The Center for Family Based Training: Bala Cynwyd, PA.

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About the Presenters:

Bea Hollander-Goldfein, PhD, LMFT (she/her) has been the Director of the Transcending Trauma Project at Council for Relationships, a non-profit outpatient therapy center and educational institution, since 1991. She is an instructor and supervisor in the AAMFT-accredited Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition, she is a senior staff clinician, approved supervisor, and clinical psychologist specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University and subsequently expanded her training to include certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. Systemic theory has guided her clinical practice and research activities for over 25 years. She has presented broadly on the topic of trauma and the importance of an integrated model of coping and adaptation. She has also published in the fields of Marriage and Family Therapy and Trauma studies.


Frani Pollack, PhD, LCSW (she/her) is a licensed social worker and psychologist. She is in private practice at Bala Child and Family Associates and teaches at several institutions, including Council for Relationships and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a senior trainer in the Home Based Family Therapy Program, where therapists are trained to do intensive family work in the home for high-risk families. She frequently speaks and writes on systemic themes.




Workshop Details:

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

9:00 am to 3:00 pm (1-hour break for lunch)

Council for Relationships

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1 -2 days prior to the event date.


5 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, and PA/DE Social Workers


Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners.

In other jurisdictions, please confirm the acceptance of APA credits with your licensing board.

Council for Relationships staff and current students: visit your password-protected page for information regarding staff and student rates. Please contact Abby Bronstein, Professional Development Manager, for alumni rate and questions.

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Event Details

Date: May 03, 2022

Start time: 09:00 a.m. EST

End time: 03:00 p.m. EST

Venue: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing


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