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Event Name:
Charting Family Stressors: Diagnosing & Assessing Complex Trauma

The second of a free two-part workshop for child welfare professionals.

About this Event

If direct questions around trauma are asked too early, it can scare clients away or paralyze them with anxiety. To prevent this common problem, Family Systems Trauma (FST) uses a “stress chart." Instead of traditional questions, such as “What is the problem?,” the “stress chart” disrupts this pattern by asking everyone to assess their home stress life.

This technique slows down or bypasses the normal conflict and confrontation. It also allows the trauma specialist to ask their clients' to break down their percentage into the top three stressors or problem symptoms. This key information will then allow the trauma therapist to quickly diagnosis and assess clients' key pain points even with the most complex trauma cases.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to:

• Ask and apply key transition question, “Would you agree all families, individuals, or couples have stress?” to set-up the FST Stress Chart technique.

• Use the Stress Chart to quickly disarm the most agitated or resistant clients.

• Obtain an overall stress rating from the individual, couple, family, or extended family participant.

• Convert clients' overall stress into top three problems.

• Locate safety stressors (i.e., self-harm, family secrets, technology addition, substance abuse, bullying, suicidal ideation, etc.) that clients might not otherwise reveal on their own.

• Use this technique to accurately diagnosis and assess the most complex trauma cases using video excepts from real cases.

This is the second in a two-part workshop series with Dr. Sells on family engagement tools. This workshop series is hosted by the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, which is the 501c3 nonprofit arm of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (TACFS).

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Event Time:
2:00-4:00 PM

Thompson Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin
2405 Robert Dedman Dr
Austin, TX 78712

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Charting Family Stressors: Diagnosing & Assessing Complex Trauma