Trauma-Informed Application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Understanding and Responding to Trauma

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Trauma-Informed Application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Understanding and Responding to Trauma

16 September, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CDT

Mental Health and Social Service Professionals need to be able to recognize and respond to client stress responses to successfully implement Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This interactive training is designed for social workers, therapists, case managers and other professionals in the social service field to enhance their delivery of trauma-informed cognitive behavioral treatment and strategies.


Worsham El, LCSW, CFTP

Worsham El has nearly 15 years of experience empowering diverse populations of vulnerable youth, adults, and their families in medical, academic, residential, outpatient, substance use, and child welfare settings. She strongly advocates for the promotion of post-traumatic resiliency via trauma-informed care. Worsham El is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP). She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lotus Trauma Care, your South Side Chicago trauma provider. Worsham El was an Adjunct Lecturer and Field Consultant at the University of Chicago in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice.

She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, with a concentration in child and adolescent development. She received her Master’s in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma.

Worsham El is passionate about educating professionals and community members on the impact of complex trauma. She has trained over 500 professionals across various social service settings in trauma-informed care.


Professional development in trauma-informed care for social service professionals is imperative for successful implementation of CBT. This interactive training will prepare participants to successfully implement CBT. The series will provide participants with the ability to:

  • Realize the widespread impact of trauma and its impact on cognitive and behavioral processes.
  • Recognize trauma responses disguised as unhealthy interpersonal skills and other mental health symptoms, unwanted behaviors, and presentations such as, but not limited to attrition, low motivation, aggression, avoidance, minimization, resistance, co-dependency, substance use, anxiety disorders, opposition, low self-esteem, anger, etc.
  • Respond with neurobiologically-informed implementation of CBT to enhance clients’ distress tolerance and reduce mental health symptoms.
  • Resist re-traumatization with client-centered, trauma-informed treatment planning informed by third wave CBT strategies.