Treating Child Trauma Victims

General Information


Title: Treating Child Trauma Victims with a focus on victims of sexual abuse: A training for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Professionals.

Presenter: Ricky Greenwald, PsyD and team

Dates: Days 1-4 Live in Lakewood Monday--Thursday July 8-11, 2024. Days 5-6. Zoom July 29-30, 2024. Day 7 Zoom September 17, 2024 (Tentative). Day 8 Live in Lakewood. November 5, 2024 (Tentative).

Fee: $1800. Lakewood residents receive $1800 grant towards this training via LISHMOR (restrictions apply). Please see details below for application details.

Venue: Lakewood Hilton Garden Inn. 1885 Highway 70 West Lakewood, NJ. and Online Webinar

CE Credits: 48

Includes handouts, 46 CE credits, and 2 months access to recordings.

The typical training day is 9-5 (1 hr lunch, two 15-min breaks), for 6.5 total contact hours/day. Live parts of training include breakfast and lunch. 

See Schedule tab for details of each training day.

Additional requirements include:

  • Before the first class, review of two hour-long videos, and pass quizzes on same
  • Between Days 4 and 5, read the text book and pass the quiz on same
  • Lots of practice with clients
  • If possible, make session videos to show in the group consultation sessions

Prior to Day 1:

 – 1 hour video: Trauma 101

 – 1 hour video: Enhancing Secure Attachment Status



A) Applicants may apply via the “Register” tab. 

B) Committee reviews application.

C) If application is approved, applicant is notified via email. 

D) Registration is considered complete following payment. Payment instructions will be sent via email. Those eligible for a grant will need to pay a $700 deposit, which will be refunded in full following successful completion of the course. 

 E) Upon payment formal confirmation and instructions are sent.

Treating Child Trauma Victims


Progressive Counting is an empirically-supported trauma treatment that is effective, efficient, well-tolerated by clients, and relatively easy to master. This is a hands-on clinical skills training for working with clients of all ages who have been exposed to significant trauma or loss. This in-depth training will cover trauma theory, impact of trauma and loss, identification and assessment of traumatized clients, and directly helping clients to manage their symptoms, resolve their trauma/loss memories, and prepare to cope effectively with future challenges.

The training program involves lecture, demonstration, and in-class practice. This is an experiential training, and part of the learning is to practice the interventions with other participants. Although participants are always in charge of what they disclose, many individuals have reported that their participation led to facing personal issues.

PC training is open to mental health professionals (psychologists, social workers, counselors, couple & family therapists, expressive arts therapists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, etc.) who are licensed (or certified or registered) by their state for independent practice. The training is also open to advanced graduate students, interns, and other mental health professionals on a licensure track, with a letter of support from their supervisor. This training is geared to participants at all professional levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced).


Ricky Greenwald, PsyD, is the founder and executive director of the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute, affiliate professor at the SUNY University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Greenwald is the author of numerous professional articles as well as several books, including EMDR in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (1999), Trauma and Juvenile Delinquency (editor; 2002), Child Trauma Handbook (2005), EMDR Within a Phase Model of Trauma-Informed Treatment (2007), Treating Problem Behaviors (2009), and Progressive Counting (2013). His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Dr. Greenwald is a leading expert in EMDR, intensive trauma-focused therapy, and the Flash technique, and the developer of Progressive Counting and of the Fairy Tale phase model of trauma-informed treatment featured in this program.

Treating Child Trauma Victims


Course Objectives


Overall: Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how past trauma or loss can lead to ongoing problem behaviors or symptoms.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive trauma-informed treatment plan.
  • Teach clients how to control their anxiety, impulsive/acting-out behavior, and other symptoms.
  • Help clients to face and work through their trauma/loss memories.
  • Problem-solve a challenging case using the trauma treatment framework.



Objectives By Day


Day 1


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the three primary symptoms of posttraumatic stress.
  • Name and sequence the phases of treatment in the trauma-informed phase model.
  • Name and sequence the experiences the brain requires for memory reconsolidation.
  • Name the three principles that guide trauma-informed treatment.
  • Conduct a structured trauma-sensitive initial interview.
  • Conduct a structured interview for trauma and loss history.
  • Guide a client to visualize an imagery sequence for enhancing attachment status.


Day 2


Participants will be able to:

  • Guide a client to identify and commit to their treatment-related goals.
  • Explain to a client how past trauma or loss can lead to ongoing problem behaviors or symptoms.
  • Develop a systematic and comprehensive trauma-informed treatment plan.
  • Guide a client to avoid high-risk situations.
  • Guide a client to develop and practice a desired behavior in a challenging situation.


Day 3


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least four elements of a trauma resolution procedure that can contribute to positive outcome.
  • Describe the basis of the research support for PC.
  • Describe the advantages and pitfalls of the three major target selection strategies (determining which memory to treat first, next, etc.).
  • Guide a client to identify the beginning and ending for their trauma story “movie” in preparation for PC.
  • Guide a client through a PC session.
  • Utilize the proper notation to memorialize a PC session in the treatment note.


Day 4


Participants will be able to:

  • Implement a structured check-in with clients in the session after they did PC.
  • Determine how long the next count should be, in a variety of situations, during PC.
  • Define what constitutes “stuck” in a PC session.
  • Determine why a client may be stuck, and implement the corresponding intervention.
  • Debrief a client following a PC session and assist them in regaining composure.
  • Use the Case Consultation rubric to determine what needs to be done with a given client to prepare them for PC.


Day 6 Future Movies half day, Flash half day


Participants will be able to:

  • Guide treatment-resistant and treatment-ambivalent clients to commit to goals and engage in treatment
  • Describe the state of the research on Flash.
  • Determine when using Flash would be appropriate
  • Provide Flash to therapy clients.
  • Problem-solve a Flash session when challenges arise.


Days 5 and 7 Group Consultations will be focused on strengthening, reinforcing, and extending the objectives already listed.


CE Information

Continuing Education Credits (39) are granted by TICTI in conjunction with Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, LMFTs, and LCATs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

Please see their Continuing Education information here

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling. 


Ecker, B. (2018). Clinical translation of memory reconsolidation research: Therapeutic methodology for transformational change by erasing implicit emotional learnings driving symptom production. International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy, 6, 1-92. doi: 10.12744/ijnpt.2018.0001-0092


Greenwald, R. (2013). Progressive Counting Within a Phase Model of Trauma-Informed Treatment. New York: Routledge.


Greenwald, R., & Camden, A. A. (2022). A pragmatic randomized comparison of intensive trauma-focused EMDR and PC with victims of crime. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.


Greenwald, R., McClintock, S. D., & Bailey, T. D. (2013). A controlled comparison of eye movement desensitization & reprocessing and progressive counting. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 22, 981-996.


Greenwald, R., McClintock, S. D., Jarecki, K., & Monaco, A. (2015). A comparison of eye movement desensitization & reprocessing and progressive counting among therapists in training. Traumatology, 21, 1-6.


Lewis, C., Roberts, N. P., Andrew, M., Starling, E., & Bisson, J. I. (2020). Psychological therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder in adults: systematic review and meta-analysis, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11:1, 1729633, DOI:10.1080/20008198.2020.1729633


Manfield, P. E., Engel, L., Greenwald, R., & Bullard, D. G. (2021). Flash Technique in a scalable low-intensity group intervention for COVID-19-related stress in healthcare providers. Journal of EMDR Practice & Research, 15, 127-139.


Manfield, P., Lovett, J., Engel, L., & Manfield, D. (2017). Use of the Flash technique in EMDR therapy: Four case examples. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 11, 195-205.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate.  Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

Treating Child Trauma Victims


Application Deadline:  July 23, 2024, or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable until June 24th. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level


Level of clinician 



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Treating Child Trauma Victims


Day 1. Monday July 8, 2024 Lakewood, NJ

Morning (9-12:30)


  • Introduction to trauma and post-traumatic stress.
  • Trauma’s contribution to reactivity and symptoms/problem behaviors.
  • Analyzing presenting symptoms/problem behaviors from a trauma perspective.
  • Overview of trauma treatment and phases of treatment.
  • Core principles/practices of trauma-informed treatment.


  • Implementing the “common factors” that support successful treatment outcome.
  • Memory reconsolidation: coping vs. healing
  • Research on the Fairy Tale Model


Afternoon (1:30-5)


  • Setting up treatment; initial interview


  • Conducting a trauma/loss history interview.
Day 2. Tuesday July 9, 2024 Lakewood, NJ



  • Trauma-informed case formulation.


  • Enhancing the client’s motivation and commitment.
  • Treatment planning and contracting.




  • Stabilization strategies for safety and security.


  • Self-management skills for stability, competence, and confidence.


Day 3. Wednesday July 10, 2024 Lakewood, NJ



  • Overview of trauma resolution treatment methods/approaches.
  • Guidelines for selecting which memory to work on.


  • Group experience with Progressive Counting (PC)



  • Supervised practice with PC.


  • PC problem solving
Day 4. Thursday July 11, 2024 Lakewood, NJ



  • Following up from a trauma resolution session.
  • What happens after trauma resolution?
  • PC review


  • PC practice




  • PC practice


  • Consolidation of gains; anticipating future challenges
  • Using the framework to problem-solve cases
  • Practice with a trauma-informed supervision/consultation model.
  • Guidelines for practicing and utilizing the interventions.
Day 5. Monday July 29, 2024 ZOOM Webinar

Group Consultation:


Q & A,

Review Session Videos

Day 6. Tuesday July 30, 2024 ZOOM Webinar


Motivational Interviewing - “Future Movies”


Treatment contracting for improved behavior and trauma resolution.




Flash Technique

Day 7. Tuesday September 17, 2024 (tentative) ZOOM Webinar

Group consultation

Day 8. Tuesday November 6, 2024 (tentative) Lakewood, NJ

Culturally Sensitive Trauma Treatment 

Treating Child Trauma Victims