What is Present-Centered Therapy?

Present-Centered Therapy is a non-trauma focused treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This therapy modality is called “present centered” as the goal is to focus on the client’s current/present life while recognizing the connection between PTSD symptoms and current struggles. All the while doing this without focusing on past traumatic events.

On Demand Webinar: 3 Steps to Becoming a Trauma and Gender Responsive Organization With the increased awareness of the impact of trauma on people's lives, helping professionals are asking themselves, "What does this mean in my setting?" And although the language "trauma-informed" is common, program administrators and clinical directors are finding that implementing effective and integrated services in order to become "trauma-responsive" can be quite challenging. Join Stephanie Covington, PhD as she...

On Demand Webinar: Dr. Stephanie Covington Becoming Trauma Informed: A Key to School Safety With the increased awareness of the impact of trauma on people’s lives, school professionals are beginning to consider what this means in their specific settings. There is a growing evidence-base documenting the impact of child neglect and abuse (as well as other forms of trauma) on the health, mental health, and behavior of children and adults. There is a growing realization that students across the nation are coming to...

Trauma Informed Principles through a Culturally Specific Lens (pdf)

This document attempts to define the core principles of trauma informed work through a culturally specific analysis. The content of this resource is primarily intended for culturally specific, communitybased organizations and seeks to provide practitioners with accessible language to describe the trauma informed/culturally specific overlap of their work. In our experience at Casa de Esperanza, as a national technical assistance provider, we come in contact with many culturally specific...

Trauma Playbook: Using the Family Systems Trauma (FST) Model to Address Safety and Trauma

Too many teenage boys and their parents are trapped in an outdated model of masculinity. What we are missing is a model allowing for fear, grief, tenderness and the day-to-day sadness impacting us all. As a result, teenage boys are experiencing a profound sense of loneliness and isolation. Isolation leads to depression which, in turn, manifests itself as aggression, anxiety and anger. Using techniques from his book, Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach...

Virtual Book Club: Treating the Traumatized Child

Join co-author Scott Sells and your colleagues for a monthly discussion of family trauma tools and techniques from Treating the Traumatized Child By Scott P. Sells, PhD and Ellen Souder, MA LPCC-S. • Each month, the group will discuss 2-3 Chapters of the book with Dr. Sells. • Book Club is free, however, participants will need to purchase a copy of the book . • Participants will need to prepare for the meeting by reading the chapters in advance. • Chapters to be read will be announced at the...

Dr. Seuss, Resilience, and the Science of HOPE By Chan Hellman, Phd. and Casey Gwinn, J.D.

One of the bestselling children’s books in history is Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” It will soon celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The 1990 classic includes this line: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” We love to challenge children and adults to say it out loud and repeat it over and over. This summer thousands of children will chant it in Camp HOPE America, our camp for children impacted by domestic violence.

ACE Fact Sheets to Give Your Doctors, Patients & Beyond (free downloads)

I was first inspired to create a fact sheet summarizing the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) after reading a comment in “Got Your ACE score?” A reader wished she had a form to give her doctor that documented the vast body of evidence explaining how early trauma increases risk for chronic physical and mental health conditions and much more. I could relate.