James Madison University

Family Matters: The Impact of Trauma in Families

Wednesday June 28, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
6 NBCC hours, including 1 hours of ethics
Ice House, Room 117

Debbie Sturm, Ph.D., LPC
A. Renee Staton, Ph.D., LPC

Trauma has the potential to significantly impact families as they work to adapt to the changes in their circumstances and environment. Researchers have demonstrated that trauma can have a range of influences on individual family members, their relationships with each other, and overall family functioning. This workshop is intended to offer an overview of trauma, its potential influence on families, and offer ideas for conceptualization and effective intervention.

Learning objectives:

As a result of engaging in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Learn the basics about trauma and how it impacts family systems;
  • Learn about relational trauma and attachment wounds when trauma occurs within family systems; and
  • Practice case conceptualization and treatment planning involving trauma and family systems.

Presenter Information:

Debbie Sturm, Ph.D., LPC, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Counseling Programs in the Department of Graduate Psychology at JMU. Debbie has training and clinical experience related to family systems, grief, loss, and trauma.

A. Renee Staton, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is a Professor in JMU’s Counseling Programs and co-coordinator of JMU’s School Counseling Program. Renee has training in Trauma-Informed care and experience integrating family systems-based therapeutic interventions into school and clinical settings.