College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

An Advanced Overview of Acute and Complex Trauma


An Advanced Overview of Acute and Complex Trauma

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Friday, December 6th, 2019

9:00am - 12:15pm
Sabin Hall Room 203
Fee: $80    3  CEUs

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Presenter: Matthew Vasquez, PhD, LMSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work

This workshop provides participants an advanced overview of the neurobiological, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning of those exposed to traumatic incidents (e.g., abuse, disaster, war). This presentation will be divided into two parts. First, a discussion on single incident traumatic exposure (acute trauma), its definition, effects on cognitive and somatic functioning, and behavioral presentation. The second part will discuss the effects of multiple incidents of traumatic exposure (complex trauma), and will include an overview of the psychosomatic mechanisms that produce confusing and often difficult to treat symptoms (e.g., extreme aggression, blackouts, self-harm, hallucinations, and dissociation). Discussions of how to effectively work with traumatized populations will be woven throughout the presentation. This workshop is open to students.


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This conference meets the criteria of the Iowa Board of Social Work and the Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences for 3.0 continuing education hours. If you would like to receive CEUs, please select the appropriate license and include your license number in the following space.

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Dr. Matthew Vasquez
UNI - Social Work Department Sabin, Room 249
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0405

A CEU certificate will be available to all attendees at the completion of the conference.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Dr. Matthew Vasquez (319-273-5892) or

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