Trauma, Neurobiology and Sensory Interventions for Individuals at Risk

Denise R. Wolf MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC – 3 CEU’s

9:30 to 12:30

August 5, 2021

A live interactive training using the Zoom Pro platform

Price per person $89


This workshop will provide participations with both didactic learning, experiential activities, and culminate in the
creation of a sensory informed strategy for their own clinical application.

Beginning with an overview of the prevalence of trauma we will briefly review the seminal ACE’s studies. A brief
history of trauma theory as it applies to normative attachment will also be reviewed. Next, participants will receive
an overview of neural development as it applies to trauma, looking specifically at Bruce Perry’s theory of bottom
up and top-down regulation strategies. The impact of sensory activities on the brain will be explored in
relationship to areas of brain functioning. Sensory systems will be identified, and participants will complete a
sensory inventory as it pertains to a client. Specific trauma sensitive activities will be identified and connected to
trauma repair. Participants will work in small groups to complete a Sensory Strategy plan that they can implement
in their practice.

Training Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

1. Describe the impact of trauma on self-regulation.

2. Identify why and how sensory interventions work.

3. Develop a sensory profile questionnaire.

4. Create a trauma informed sensory support plan for a client/student/consumer.

5. Identify and problem solve potential barriers of implementation of a sensory support plan


TimeContentStyle of Delivery
9:30 -9:45Introductions, Agenda, Prevalence of TraumaFacilitator led & experiential
9:45 – 10:00Trauma Theory and Statistics, ACES overviewFacilitator led & small group work
10:00 – 10:20Attachment Theory Overview Facilitator led & video
10:20 – 10:45Brain development, the neurobiology of traumaFacilitator led & experiential/small group work
10:45 – 11:00BREAK
11:00 – 11:15Sensory ImplicationsFacilitator led, clinical vignettes, & small group quick think
11:15 -11:30Regulation and RelationshipsGroup discussion & question and answer
11:30-11:45The seven sensory systemsFacilitator led
11:45-11:55A sensory questionnaireIndividual engagement, facilitator guided
11:55- 12:15Putting it into action: creating a support plan for a student/clientSmall group work; breakout rooms
12:15 -12:25Small group to large group discussionFacilitator guided
12:25 – 12:30Conclusion and evaluationsParticipant led

CEU Hours: 

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

About the Trainer:

Denise R. Wolf, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC is owner and practitioner therapist of Mangata Services as well as adjunct faculty at Drexel and Villanova Universities.  Denise is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Registered, Board Certified and an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor through the Art Therapy Credentials Board.  For over 20 years, Denise has been practicing as a therapist primarily treating adolescents and young adults with histories of complex interpersonal trauma.  She works as a consultant for many Philadelphia organizations including The Philadelphia Art Museum providing clinical supervision and programming related to trauma-informed care.  

Denise has presented at city, state, national and international conferences in the areas of trauma informed care, trauma and neurobiology, pedagogy, and clinical supervision.  She has several articles published in peer reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to seminal texts on her clinical work.  

Procedure: After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a packet containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable)

Cancellations and Refunds: Canceling your registration must be done by email ( prior to five business days from the training date. If you have paid the fee, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice). If you fail to cancel prior to five business days and have paid, you or your agency will forfeit the fee. If you fail to cancel prior to five business days from the training date and have not paid, you or your agency will be billed for the full fee. Thank you.

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  • August 5, 2021 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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