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Posted on: September 23, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Clarion Psychiatric Center Fall Conference

Clarion Psychiatric Center

Developmental Trauma Disorder

Presented by: Gary Lewis, MS

When: Friday, November 8, 2019 | 8:00 am-8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Training
Where: Clarion Psychiatric Center, Community Resource Center, Two Hospital Drive, Clarion, PA 16214 

Description of Training:

Developmental Trauma Disorder is a concept that was developed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and his colleagues to better define the symptomology that children suffer from as a result of multiple, chronic, prolonged, and developmentally adverse traumatic events of an interpersonal nature, as the effects of these traumas can be more complex than with PTSD. Developmental Trauma Disorder has not yet been accepted into the DSM-V, but it has gained the recognition and support of many of the leading psychiatrists in the world today. When youth face multiple traumas in childhood, these youth will need very specific treatments to address their complex trauma related issues. This training will educate participants on the causes and symptoms of Developmental Trauma Disorder, and the various treatments that can be utilized to effectively combat it.


Gary Lewis, MS is a juvenile probation officer with Westmoreland County and the Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Post-traumatic Disorder Project. Gary earned a Certification in Traumatic Stress Studies from The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute, and he has also completed a certification course in the Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Personality Disorders. Since taking over the PA PTSD Project in 2014, Gary has published an updated version of the Residential Treatment Curriculum, which is a treatment program developed to address PTSD in traumatized juveniles. He has also recently produced a new training video that is used in conjunction with the Residential Treatment Curriculum, as well as in many of his other trainings. Prior to taking over the PA PTSD Project in 2014, Gary worked for ten years as a juvenile probation officer in Elk County. Prior to becoming a probation officer, he worked for approximately six years in juvenile placement facilities, including three years for Adelphoi Village and three years for VisionQuest. 

Objectives: By the end of the training participants will be able to:

1.      Explain the causes of developmental trauma disorder.
2.      Describe the symptoms of developmental trauma disorder.
3.      Perform various treatments to combat developmental trauma disorder.
4.      Explain the symptomology that children suffer from as a result of traumatic events.  

Continuing Education Credits:


Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number (6) of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours.

The indicated number of clock hours (6) of continuing education is provided through Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC’s Office of Educational Resources and Planning, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist.  These clock hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT renewal.  For more information, call (412) 204-9085.

There is no cost to attend this training. Please contact Susan LaBruzzo with any questions or additional information. [email protected] or by cellphone @ 814-724-0960.

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