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Recorded on Thursday, March 12, 2015

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This free webinar is designed to raise awareness of the importance of accurate diagnosis and ethical treatment of patients that experience severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms but may have been treated traditionally across multiple systems for psychotic disorders. These patients may have poor response to anti-psychotic medications and express fear of sedatives. Trauma informed care requires clinicians to be sensitive to such differential diagnoses so that the focus can be on recovery rather than symptom management or subdued central nervous system. Further, diagnosis may have implications for court systems and entitlements such as SSI/SSDI as these entities may struggle to conceptualize the disabling impact of trauma. Join us for this free webinar to distinguish between schizophrenia and PTSD in a trauma-informed system of care.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify how trauma-informed systems of care will increase need for skill in differential diagnosis;
  • Identify three tools to assist with differential diagnosis; and
  • Verbalize how treating primary psychotic disorder may 'miss the mark' and therefore provide an obstacle to recovery.

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This webinar is NOT eligible for ASWB ACE CE hours or NASW CE hours.



Traci Baxendale Ball, LMSW, CAADC, has been employed as a mental health social worker/addictions specialist for 22 years, and has devoted much of her practice to the area of trauma recovery. She has worked in a variety of settings including foster care and adoption, juvenile diversion, home health care, residential programs, private practice, veterans services and in recent years, has served co-occurring SPMI populations within the evidence based practice of ACT. Traci favors a motivational approach to treatment, along with radical hopefulness, from a systems change perspective in group and individual modalities. Personal interests include the impact of nutrition, movement, creativity, and connection to the outdoors - on resiliency. An immigrant from the UK, and child of parents who experienced the foster care system, she now lives in Marquette, MI with her husband and four children.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.

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