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Communal Trauma: A Journey of Hope (Free CE Workshop)

  • 01/04/2019
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Florida Atlantic University SO Building Room 250 Boca Raton FL
Ms. Del Vecchio-Scully

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When a school shooting occurs, the entire community and beyond are impacted. Communal Trauma places a complex, demanding burden on community therapists requiring specialized education, consultation and support. This workshop will focus on the specific nuances of Communal Trauma and sequelae of anniversary reactions, traumatic grief and loss.

Attendees will learn about the complexities of Communal Trauma, the trajectory of healing and the intense and varied reactions evoked preceding anniversaries. Methods of managing these reactions in clients, in the community and for ourselves as helpers will be reviewed in depth. Opportunities for discussion, questions and answers will be provided.

The Mental Health Counselor's Association Palm Beach is proud to partner with Florida Atlantic University, Ambrosia Treatment Centers, Professionals United 4 Parkland, and The Stone Douglas Alumni Association for a special event.  A FREE CE Workshop on

January 4th, 2019 at

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL SO Building Room 250

Communal Trauma: A Journey of Hope and Healing Anniversary Reactions, Traumatic Grief

Please join us for a Professional Training facilitated by: Deb Del Vecchio-Scully LPC, NCC, DCMHS

Ms. Del Vecchio-Scully is a licensed professional and nationally-certified counselor. She holds American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) diplomat status as a Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Trauma Counseling. Ms. Del Vecchio-Scully has a Master’s from Southern Connecticut State University and was appointed to serve on the American Counseling Association Anti- Bullying/Interpersonal Violence Task Force in July 2015.

She is nationally known as a stress and trauma expert, having worked with survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as adults and children impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Ms. Del Vecchio-Scully previously served as Clinical Recovery Leader and Trauma Specialist of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team. She was embedded in the Sandy Hook Elementary School as a staff support clinician for two years and is a special consultant to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School recovery team.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Best practices for providing support for Anniversary reactions and Traumatic grief reactions
  2. Common reactions in anticipation of Communal Trauma Anniversaries
  3. Understanding the differences between Traumatic Grief and Anniversary reactions
  4. Psychoeducation on the brain’s reaction to Trauma, Traumatic Grief, identifying triggers, symptoms and understanding trauma as brain dysregulation.
  5. Understanding, identifying and treating dysregulation through the Neurosequential Model (Bruce Perry, MD)
  6. Reviewing the attachment styles and how they impact development in children and adults.
  7. Managing Client reactions and Counselor reactions
  8. Burnout prevention and self-care
  9. Ongoing methods of support

Date: Fri, Jan 4th, 2019

Cost: No Charge

Time: 8:30 - 9am | Register & Breakfast 9 - 1pm | Program

Where: FAU, Room TBD 777 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431

Registration and Tickets at:

CEU: This event offers 4 CEU’s

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