Contact Hours: 1

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes


  • Characteristics of pain
  • Effects of pain
  • Understanding Your Pain
  • Exacerbating factors
  • Mitigating factors
  • Medical Interventions
  • Nonmedical Interventions

The Neurobiological Impact of Psychological Trauma: The HPA-Axis
Based in part on the following article:
•    The biology of PTSD
•    The origin of neurobiological abnormalities in PTSD
•    Risk and resilience for developing PTSD
•    What the therapist can do

PTSD: Exploring the Adaptive Nature of Symptoms and Interventions
•    Reliving the event
•    Avoidance of reminders of the event
•    Negative changes in beliefs and feelings
•    Hyperarousal

•    Define Relapse
•    Discuss the important of relapse prevention planning in the initial assessment
•    Identify the bio-psycho-social causes of (exacerbating factors) and interventions for (mitigating factors) relapse in the first stage of treatment (0-3 months)
o    Biological Issues
o    Mood/Psychiatric Issues
o    Social Issues
o    Environmental Issues

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC


  • Explain the principles of Internal Family Systems Theory
  • Discuss the concepts of the Parts in IFS
  • Explore ways to use IFS in counseling