Trauma and Adult Relationships

Intermediate-2 CEs | taught by Rebecca Fornaro, LCSW
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Rebecca Fornaro, LCSW
Rebecca Fornaro, LCSW

About the instructor

Rebecca is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with several years’ experience working with diverse populations.  She has worked in several treatment facilities and has conducted individual, group and family therapy.  She has experience working with people who struggle with substance use, anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD and trauma-related issues.  Rebecca has specialized in trauma-informed care and believes in a strengths-based approach. She approaches every client with empathy and compassion in order to meet them where they are and empower them to make behavioral changes and heal from past trauma.  Rebecca utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness in sessions with clients. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Marist College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Monmouth University.

This training will benefit mental health clinicians, social workers and anyone else who wants to learn about how trauma influences our adult attachment styles and relationships.  The beginning of the course provides an overview of trauma and gives different examples of traumatic experiences.  This leads into a discussion about the ACE study and ACE Questionnaire.  Those in attendance will have a handout of the ACE questionnaire in order to see the ten questions.  The course will explain the background of the ACE study and why it was conducted.  

The second part of the training involves discussing the four attachment styles; secure, anxious-preoccupied, avoidant-dismissive and fearful-avoidant.  First, attachment therapy will be explained.  The training will explain each style and will describe how individuals with each attachment style interact in adult relationships.  After providing an understanding of attachment, the training will describe how childhood trauma correlates and causes insecure attachment styles in many people.  

The last part of the training will discuss skills that viewers can either use themselves or that they can use with clients who struggle with relationships due  to attachment issues.  The first skill involves utilizing emotional intelligence in order to identify emotions.  Emotional intelligence will be described and a journaling exercise will be explained with the purpose of educating viewers on how to identify emotions.  The second skill is utilizing “I” Statements.  “I” Statements will be explained as well as their importance when increasing healthy communication.  Several examples will be given in order to ensure that those viewing understand the layout of an “I” statement.  The training will end with a summary explaining how identifying emotions and “I” statements can help to increase connection and trust within relationships in order to create healthier attachments.  

Course Contents

2 Videos
1 Quiz
3 PDFs
3 Presentations
2.0 hrs