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Trauma Management and Therapy Workshop Set

October 19, 2005

Workshop Contact:
Dr. David Lane
(678) 547-6301
Media Contact
Mark Vanderhoek

ATLANTA — Mercer University will host a Master Therapist Series workshop for licensed professional counselors from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, at its Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, 3001 Mercer University Drive. The workshop is entitled "Stop Treating Symptoms and Start Resolving Trauma: Etiotropic Trauma Management and Trauma Resolution Therapy," with national speaker and author Denise Adcock Colson, M.S., JPC, as the presenter.


Colson is the founder and president of Trauma Education & Consultation Services, which offers training in Etiotropic Trauma Management (ETM). Author of the recently published Stop Treating Symptoms and Start Resolving Trauma! Inside-Out Healing for Survivors of ALL Types, she is the associate pastoral care minister for Eagles Landing First Baptist in McDonough, Ga. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. 


Etiotropic Trauma Management© theorizes that trauma changes the brain, shredding the victim's identity. Trauma Resolution Therapy© is a five-phase, structured process based on the theory of ETM that focuses on resolving trauma at the source.


In the workshop, Colson will review the neurobiological theory behind ETM and discuss the effect of trauma on the existential identity from a psychological perspective. She also will examine how trauma affects families and family systems, delineate how trauma affects crisis managers differently from non-crisis managers, and differentiate between the etiotropic approach and the nosotropic approach to trauma resolution.


Participants will learn to identify the four psychological patterns of trauma and how trauma is retained in the brain. The workshop also will cover the structured steps in resolving trauma utilizing live and/or video demonstrations, as well as review a system for implementation of TRT and a proactive approach to preventing post traumatic stress disorder.


The cost of the workshop is $100 for members of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, $150 for nonmembers and $65 for students. The event is presented by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia and Department of Counseling and Human Sciences of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies of Mercer University. Counselors who attend both days of the workshop can apply to receive 10 hours of Core for Continuing Education credit through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, National Board of Certified Counselors, NASW, MFT Association.


For more information or to register, contact Dr. David Lane at (678) 547-6301 or, or visit the workshop Web site:


About Mercer:

Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as three regional academic centers. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. For 16 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South.