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Trauma-Informed Couples Counseling: Integrating Trauma-Informed Care and PREP® into Your Couples Counseling Practice

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$30 – $45

Dr. Clark Stevens  is a psychologist in private practice and is the former Pastor of Marriage and Family Ministries at Fellowship Church Knoxville where he directed marriage and relationship education programming. He co-developed the Knoxville Marriage Initiative – now Healthy Connections Knoxville – with Dr. Kristina Gordon from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and now serves on the advisory board of this initiative.

Helping couples improve their relationship functioning is one of the most challenging things psychotherapists do, especially when one (or both) partner suffers with post-traumatic stress. Whether from cumulative effects of adverse childhood experiences, injuries in relationships with early caregivers and peers, or, from a significant traumatic event, partners experiencing post-traumatic stress often experience difficulty regulating emotions or building a trusting, intimate relationship. The trauma-informed counselor can help couples affected by post-traumatic stress navigate complex issues in ways that increase safety, strengthen their connection, and improve relational functioning.

Grounded in principles of trauma informed care, this presentation will review links between adverse childhood experiences, complex trauma, adult attachment patterns, and emotion dysregulation in intimate relationships. Post-traumatic stress associated with racial discrimination will also be explored. Included in this presentation is an introduction to relationship skills and strategies in PREP® (Prevention and Relationship Education Program), an evidence-based relationship education program for couples and single adults.