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Identifying and Treating Trauma Coercion Attachment in Victims of Abuse

US$134 Regular Price

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CE Credits: 3 Credits
Length: 3 Hours
Level: Introductory
CE Eligibility: APA, ASWB ACE, ANCC, NBCC, CPA
Training Style: Video
Category: Human Trafficking
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
Trauma-coerced attachment (TCA)—often referred to as trauma bonding— has been noted and documented across various abusive contexts. Traumatic bonding occurs as the result of ongoing cycles of abuse in which the intermittent reinforcement of reward and punishment creates powerful emotional bonds that are resistant to change. As the methods of abuse become increasingly sophisticated and targeted to exploit the most vulnerable populations, this 3-hour course is designed to equip clinicians and other direct service professionals, with the skills necessary to identify the dynamics of trauma bonding. The signs and symptoms as well as how trauma bonding occurs will be discussed and practical strategies for addressing trauma bonding will be introduced. Participants will gain an understanding of how trauma bonding is present in domestic violence, relationship violence, human trafficking, and other situations involving fear, coercion, and trauma.
This course is appropriate for direct service providers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, and first responders.
Presented by the Chair of the Development Committee for SAFE Coalition for Human Rights and offered exclusively through the Global Institute of Forensic Research, this On Demand training will equip clinicians and other direct service professionals, with the skills necessary to identify the dynamics of trauma bonding while earning 3 hours of valuable Continuing Education Credit.
Trainer Biography
Joy Kelleher, LCSW, CHP, CCEP. With over 25 years of experience as a licensed clinician, social worker and CEO, Joy Kelleher has an eclectic background of professional experiences including extensive international work. While working as a social worker in Ireland, Joy was introduced to the growing epidemic of human trafficking. Spurred to action, Joy has worked extensively in the USA and internationally raising awareness of human trafficking and advocating on behalf of vulnerable people. Joy is a surveyor for CARF, an international accreditation body and she serves as a volunteer assistant swim coach at Brenau University in Georgia, USA.
Contact Joy directly at: [email protected]
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to…
    • Identify trauma bonding and understand the risk factors of development
    • Identify in what scenarios trauma attachments are most prevalent and why
    • Describe the complex bonds formed in the presence of coercion, fear, trauma, and the cycle of abuse and the resulting challenges for escaping the dynamic
    • Analyze the role of sex in trauma bonding
    • Identify the methods that abusers and traffickers utilize to control others
    • Discuss the role of biases that contribute to the challenges of identification and treatment
    • Identify strategies that you, as health professionals (or first responders) can utilize to engage with people experiencing trauma attachments for the purposes of identification, screening, assessment, and treatment.
    • Advocate for the effective treatment of trauma attachments within your organizations and in respect to your professional role.

1 Sponsorship: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education trainings. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc (provider #1371) is also approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACE provider approval period: 6/8/2022-6/8/2025. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].
3 Commercial Supports: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.

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