By attending this conference participants will be able to:

  1. Assess the clinical relevance of social and cultural experiences on client wellbeing.
  2. List some of the “hard-wired” innate tendencies of the human brain’s social information processing system and the consequences as they inform clinical work.
  3. Explain the concept of social identity as a state-based part of the self and its relevance to overall client wellbeing.
  4. Utilize strategies to reinforce and build upon positive social and social identity experiences.
  5. Describe treatment strategies to reduce or illuminate the impact of internalized impact of social adversity/ trauma including stigmatization and discrimination.
  6. Self-reflect upon personal experiences related to social identity, stigma and prejudice.

Co-Sponsored by the Traumatology Institute at the College of St. Joseph




The College of St. Joseph Traumatology Institute (CSJTI), located at the College of St. Joseph, in Rutland, Vermont, consists of four elements of service and activity.

1.  CSJTI Center of Trauma Studies:  provides EDUCATION and TRAINING, through delivery of courses, supervised training opportunities, and subsequent consultation to ensure foundation and advance acquisition of trauma-informed knowledge and evidenced based skill development.

2.  CSJTI Center for the Evaluation, Assessment, Counseling and Intervention and Counseling Services:  provides safe and effective CLINICAL TRAUMA and STRESS-RELATED SERVICES AND COUNSELING;

3.  CSJTI Center for Community Outreach, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster and Critical Incident Support and Services:  provides COMMUNITY OUTREACH and HUMANITARIAN AID when called upon, utilizing direct and indirect assistance in the event of emergency, disaster or critical incidents; and

4.  CSJ Center for Scientific Inquiry and Research:  committed to continued SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY toward advancement within the field of traumatology.

Mark Nickerson, LICSW, a psychotherapist in Amherst, Massachusetts, for 30 years, is editor/author of the highly regarded books, Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally-Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Insights, Strategies and Protocols (Springer, 2016) and The Wounds Within (Skyhorse, 2015), an expose on the challenges for war veterans and their families.  He is an EMDR Institute Trainer and 2014 EMDRIA Board President.  He conducts trainings nationally and internationally on trauma treatment topics, including clinical interventions to address social identity and socially/culturally based trauma and adversity .  You can read more about Mr. Nickerson at culturalcompetenceEMDR.com and markinickerson.com.

Course Description

Social acceptance and inclusion are fundamental human needs, yet many people feel they don’t fit in or otherwise struggle in groups, or amid threatening societal dynamics. These difficulties are often overlooked clinical issues that are central or co-morbid problems. Past and ongoing socially adverse experiences including developmental social trauma, stigmatization, discrimination and marginalization and can lead to isolation, invisibility, alienation and unsatisfying lives. This workshop will explore concepts including social information processing, ingroup/outgroup effects, social identity formation, internalized social messages, the impact of “isms” and a range of cultural factors. Clinical methods outlined for a trauma informed treatment approach will integrate best practices in cultural competence and include a topic-related description of useful EMDR therapy strategies.

Continuing Education Credits:  The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Vermont Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

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CE Workshop:  March 15, 2019


Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals, psychology students

Disconnected:  Addressing Socially Based Trauma

Mark Nickerson, LICSW

The College of St. Joseph Traumatology Institute, Rutland

6.0 CE Credits

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Program 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.