Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy
What you'll learn
- The focus is to increase understanding of individuals through the trauma/adversity history lens.
- Motivation and meaning of behaviors will be explored and defined as an attempt to decrease feelings of distress.
- Trauma-informed care is an established practice that can dramatically improve the outcomes for individuals, children, and families.
- This is a discussion of the elements of trauma informed care and supporting materials on the nature of how trauma/adversity can impact life and health throughout the lifespan.
Trauma Therapy: Healing the Moral Wound
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS
What you'll learn
Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy is a 21st Century psychotherapeutic approach to healing the negative effects of trauma and painful past experiences. It was designed as an alternative to current models of treatment that focus upon memory retrieval and processing as the primary method for resolving traumatic stress, FFTT, instead, has utilized a present day in vivo (“in life”) approach that provides desensitization and integration of trauma memories while confronting situations here in the present. This method and course will teach licensed mental health and healthcare professionals to implement FFTT into their practice and a potent ancillary to traditional psychotherapy. However, over the past several years, FFTT has emerged as a method that does not require psychotherapeutic skills or licensure to effectively implement its healing capacity. You will learn how to engage anyone who is struggling with any stress-related issue in a p[process that teaches them the skills to resolve distress and begin a Couse of effective living. This is achieved by teaching clients to self-regulate their own autonomic nervous system and interrupting the involuntary physical and cognitive engagement of the threat response where there is little or no danger. As survivors begin to master these skills of self-regulation—through the aide of an effective consultant or coach (not necessarily a licensed health professional)—they significantly lessen their distress; restore comfort in their bodies; improve cognitive and motor functioning; and optimize their lives. The very exciting thing about FFTT, which the student of this course will learn, is how when people live in chronically dysregulated autonomic nervous systems then they frequently breach their intention and integrity (i.e., “moral wounding). By helping clients develop the capacity for self-regulation and assisting them with clarifying and articulating their intentions (e.g, mission and code-of-honor), they are able to utilize the Forward-Facing™ skills to increasingly and effectively practice principle-based intentional living. The skills required to live in this way are the same skills that resolve stress-related problems.
Students completing this course will be equipped to immediately implement Forward-Facing™ skills and principles in their work with clients and patients in either a psychotherapeutic or coaching/consulting context.
While FFTT was originally developed and utilized a psychotherapeutic approach implemented by qualified psychotherapists, these principles and practices are also deliverable in a non-clinical coaching or consultation approach. Anyone interested in learning how to lessen stress, improve resilience, enhance performance (cognitive and motor) and optimize personal/professional life is welcome to engage this course. There are no prerequisites.
In Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy (FFTT) presented by Dr. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, the participant will take a journey from hardship to healing. FFTT begins by exploring some of the common myths and misconceptions about the causes and meaning of stress and will examine the destruction it can wreak on our bodies, our minds, our spirits, and our relationships. FFTT is designed to discover the triggers that can lead us to act reflexively in ways that we deeply regret afterwards. FFTT will encourage participants to consider what it means to live an intentional life and how cultivating the skill of interoception, or “bodifulness,” can help us achieve this essential goal. Along the way, Dr. Gentry will share some inspiring stories about women and men he has known who successfully put these lessons into practice; vanquishing stress, regaining their resilience, and finding new joy, optimization, and fulfillment in their lives.
1. Discover the “active ingredients”/common elements for treating posttraumatic stress advocated as best practice for treatment of PTSD by leading agencies and organizations
2. Employ a staged “active ingredient/”common elements” approach to evidence-based practice for treating survivors of trauma. This is contrasted with current practice of utilizing only EBT model-driven approaches.
3. Conceptualize, articulate and utilize specific evidence-based treatment tasks within each of the (dynamic elements/active ingredients) of treatment that resolve symptoms of posttraumatic stress.
4. Learn and employ the Empowerment & Resilience Treatment Structure (Gentry, Baranowsky & Rhoton, 2017) for delivery of treatment with trauma survivors.
5. Efficiently and effectively facilitate resolution and healing of posttraumatic conditions.
6. Learn specific psychoeducation and cognitive restructuring techniques for maximizing engagement and participation in early treatment.
Credentialing: Participants who successfully complete this course are eligible to pursue credentialing as a Registered Forward-Facing® Practitioner.
Who this course is for:
- Mental health, teachers, probation, courts, child-protective agencies, foster parents, faith leaders; HR professionals, leadership.
What is Forward>Facing®? Forward-Facing is a unique process for resolving our painful past while living a principle-based life here in the present. It is the marriage of science-based self-regulatory skills paired with resilient intentional living. Engaging these skills lowers stress symptoms while simultaneously enhancing quality of life and well-being. The skills are deceptively simple and easy to implement. Anyone can learn them in a short period of time…and then work the rest of our lives to master them. While Forward-Facing is a bona fide protocol for addressing and resolving traumatic stress, it is equally effective for developing stress-management, resilience and optimization skill for professionals, parents, couples, athletes and performers.
J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC, D.A.A.E.T.S. is the founder of the Forward>Facing® Institute. Dr. Gentry is a board-certified and internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. His doctorate is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley—a pioneer of these two fields. In 1997, he co-developed the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) for Compassion Fatigue—the world’s only evidence-based treatment protocol for compassion fatigue. Dr. Gentry was original faculty, curriculum designer and Associate Director of the Traumatology Institute at Florida State University. In 2001, he became the co-director and moved this institute to the University of South Florida where it became the International Traumatology Institute. In 2010, he began the International Association of Trauma Professionals. He has trained tens of thousands of professionals to more effectively treat traumatic stress. In 2005, Hogrefe and Huber published Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery—a critically acclaimed text on the treatment of traumatic stress for which Dr. Gentry is a co-author. The third edition of this text was released in 2015. In 2016 He released his revolutionary Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy book. He is the author of numerous chapters, papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Dr. Gentry is a licensed psychotherapist with over 33 years of clinical practice. He is the CEO and owner of Compassion Unlimited-- a private psychotherapy, training, and consulting practice.