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January 19 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This 3 hour training is for service professionals who are serving victims and their families suffering from trauma and addiction treatment.

About this Event


Victim Services Training Enhancement Program (V-STEP)…Bringing Crime Victim Training and Certification to Maryland CommunitiesINTERVENTION FOR WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES WHO EXPERIENCE SEXUAL TRAUMA

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

TRAINER: Dr. Michael F. Barnes, MAC, LPC. Chief Clinical Officer, Foundry Treatment Center, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Training Contact: Anne Litecky, VASIII, Program Coordinator, 410-837-5055, alitecky@ubalt.edu, Francis Poblete, francisbeirut.poblete@ubalt.edu, 443-799-2596


Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

• Participants will able to identify symptoms of Primary, Secondary, and Systemic traumatic stress as they are associated with individual and family response to sexual trauma.

• Participants will be able to assess family health/illness belief systems, how they evolved through transgenerational interaction, and how these belief systems impact family coping with sexual and other types of traumatic stress.

• Participants will be able to assess family presenting problems that may be indicative of unidentified sexual and other trauma. Examples would be family seeking treatment for an acting out teen, addiction, or marital relationship issues.

• Participants will learn about various clinical models that can positively impact family healing following sexual and other types of traumatic stress (i.e., Narrative Therapy, The Neuroaffective Relational Model, The Family Systems Trauma Model, Family Empowerment Model, etc.)

• Participants will implement new knowledge in case conceptualization as they discuss cases and identify unique interventions to support family healing.


An international study completed by the World Health Organization (2014) investigated the incidence of various types of traumatic events and the total cases of PTSD diagnoses resulting from each. For the purpose of this presentation, two findings stand out. The first is that while sexual relationship violence made up only 12% of the total number of trauma cases, it also accounted for the highest percentage (33%) of all individuals receiving PTSD diagnoses. The second is that Network Traumatic events or the secondary trauma of family members when a loved one experiences a sudden or unexpected death, life-threatening illness, or other traumatic event, is the second leading cause of PTSD diagnoses at 30%. In the United States, the number of actual sexual trauma survivors is astronomical. Statistics provided by the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) (2019) indicates that every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted (433,648 victims age 12 and older annually). Based on the numbers associated with Secondary Trauma, we would assume that there are also over 400,000 new families annually who are impacted and forced to cope with sexual trauma each year. Given the long term impact of sexual trauma on individuals and families who are actively coping with sexual trauma, the actual numbers are hard to estimate!

In this presentation, Dr. Michael Barnes, an author and national speaker on family trauma and addiction, will present on the implications and interventions for working with primary, secondary, and systemic traumatic stress to assist individuals and families who are dealing with sexual trauma. He will present models for understanding family response to trauma, potential individual and family organizational changes (i.e., rules, roles, routines, rituals, & relationships/boundaries) that either support or inhibit family healing. He will also discuss the importance of three generation assessment and understanding of the family history of sexual and other types of trauma, mental illness, and chronic disease. He will discuss the neuroscience associated with trauma symptoms and healing, as well as critical treatment models, objectives, and family focused interventions.


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