March 17th, 2018

2017 Annual Conference

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
  8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Title: Evidence Based Early Interventions for Survivors of Traumatic Loss: Diagnosing and Skill Development
Where: Village Presbyterian Church-South Entrance
  6401 Mission Rd, Prarie Village, KS

6 CEUs offered
Lunch Included

*** Room temperature varies, layered clothing recommended ***


About the Topic:Joah Williams

As many as 50% of adults in the U.S. have lost a loved one in a sudden, traumatic death. These traumatic losses
include deaths due to homicide, suicide, fatal accidents, and disasters. The experience of traumatic loss can increase risk for a wide range of mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and prolonged grief disorder. Brief, early intervention in the weeks and months immediately after the death occurs, however, may help prevent the worsening of these psychiatric problems or even prevent their onset all together. This workshop will provide
clinicians, ministers, health care providers, first responders, victim advocates, and other professionals with an overview of mental health challenges faced by traumatically bereaved persons and an introduction to the basic concepts of “Skills for Psychological Recovery” - an early intervention relevant to the needs of traumatically bereaved families, in contrast to CSIM. Participants will have an opportunity to observe role play examples as well as practice skills.


Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Stress and Trauma Evaluation and Prevention Science (STEPS) laboratory at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Dr. Williams’s research focuses on the psychological and health consequences of trauma exposure across the lifespan. More specifically, his interest lies in the development and evaluation of traumatic stress prevention and early intervention programs. Prior to his current position, Dr. Williams completed a postdoctoral fellowship in child and adult trauma research and treatment at the Medical University of South Carolina's National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center where he received the 2015 Robert Magwood, Jr., Outstanding Service to Crime Victims Award. He has published over 20 articles and book chapters on the assessment and treatment of trauma-related mental health problems and presented his work at several national and international meetings. Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2013.


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