ETI Online Certificate I
The Expressive Trauma Integration Online Certificate I is for therapists who wish to deepen theoretical foundations and clinical skills for working with trauma survivors. In 21 hours of recorded input, edited from live interactive webinars, the package provides state-of-the-art input on trauma therapy and step-by-step guidance on dozens of practical tools and strategies for incorporating current insights into therapy practice.
Many training programs and videos on trauma therapy apply a narrow focus to treatment. The Expressive Trauma Integration approach is different, working from a fundamental recognition that trauma affects all aspects of wellness. Impacts are wide-ranging and interactive with each other:
(1) Emotional – on first-line emotions such as fear and anger as well lie as second-line emotions such as shame, guilt, and pain.
(2) Cognitive – in the way we process thoughts, focus attention and retain information;
(3) Physical – on energy levels, sleep, digestion, the immune system;
(4) Spiritual – on worldview - the framework we use to find meaning and purpose in life;
(5) Social – on relationships with partners and family, friends, colleagues, strangers, even pets.
Given the systemic impacts of trauma, treatment must address all aspects of wellness for maximum effectiveness and sustainability over time. The ETI Online Certificate I series provides an overarching framework and tools for such an approach.
The package contains 21 hours of input on the following topics. Click on topics for details.
Redefining Resilience and Post Traumatic Growth
Food and Mood (Nutritional Psychology)
Self-Compassion, Mindfulness & Mindlessness, and Playfulness
Trauma Processing and Narrative Integration
Description of Content
Webinars with in-depth presentations and discussions that you can stream and watch as often as you'd like.
Handouts and exercises that supplement the presentations.
Reading recommendations to continue learning at your own pace.
Who Will Benefit from this Program
Social workers, mental health counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, and other clinicians working with trauma survivors.
$650 for the entire series (Total worth $790 if buying each webinar separately)
Current Special rate (only till Feb 2023): $455
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Outline of Presentations
1. Psychological First Aid: What to Do (and Not to Do) with Clients in Therapy After a Traumatic Event (1.5 hours)
Critical incidents caused by accidents, crime, violence, and natural disasters are inevitable in all communities, and readiness to respond is essential. Meeting basic survival needs is, of course, the highest priority in crisis response, but it should not be the only concern.
Psychological first aid, offered as a part of early response to crisis, has proven effective in mitigating stress responses and assisting trauma survivors to maintain a sense of safety and containment immediately after critical incidents.
Review of key concepts of crisis response, particularly Psychological First Aid (PFA) and the Dos and Don’ts of PFA.
Review of key concepts of the ETI trauma response timeline.
Review of strategies for sustainability in times of high stress or post-trauma.
Exercises for grounding and containment as part of psychological first aid response.
2. Sustainability (7.5 hours)
This five-session workshop series introduces principles for helping clients sustain progress over time. A special focus is working with clients to design an Individualized Sustainability Plan (ISP) and how to expand the scope of therapeutic intervention to address all aspects of wellness.
Why is Sustainability important?
Research and practice make it clear that maintaining gains achieved in treatment is one of the biggest obstacles for trauma survivors. An Individualized Sustainability Plan (ISP) addresses this reality with a carefully constructed framework of information, techniques, and practices to provide ongoing cognitive, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social maintenance for clients as they face adversities.
An ISP supplements existing therapy and therapeutic approaches, providing a foundation of personal stability that enables clients to better cope with the inevitable downturns. By actively assuming that difficult moments are inevitable and equipping clients with tools for responding, an ISP increases clients' ability to move through difficult moments rather than be dragged down by them.
Session One: Introduction to ISP, the ETI framework, and roadmap after stress/trauma, how ETI approach applies to psychotherapy in different settings.
Session Two: Reframing Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth in the Context of ISP.
Session Three: Simplified Experiential Self-Compassion. Step by step guide to learn how to embody self-compassion.
Session Four: Body Wellness (gut, brain, nutrition, inflammation, immune system, etc.) based on emerging research demonstrating the need to address inflammation and underlying infections when addressing mental health symptoms.
Session Five: Integration and Narrative Processing. An experiential guide to narrative processing in the context of ISP.
3. Secure Attunement Framework (3 hours)
Working with survivors of developmental trauma (trauma that took place ages 0-6) requires a different framework of treatment than work with trauma experienced later in life.
During the first two years of childhood, the brain is wired to develop through reciprocity and attuned attachment. When this fails to happen, the sense of mis-attunement that follows as a consequence leads to a continuous state of physiological distress. Since the resulting trauma is caused in reference to others, treatment must also take place in the context of an attuned relationship.
The brain develops from the bottom upward. Lower parts of the brain are responsible for functions dedicated to ensuring survival and responding to stress. Upper parts are responsible for executive functions, like making sense of what you are experiencing or exercising moral judgment.
Development of the upper parts depends upon prior development of lower parts. The brain is meant to develop like a ladder, from the bottom up. When stress responses (typically due to consistent neglect or abuse) are repeatedly activated over an extended period in an infant or toddler, sequential development of the brain is disturbed. The ladder develops, but foundational steps are missing and many things that follow are out of kilter.
Developmental trauma can manifest in a variety of ways and thus often goes unrecognized: Sensory processing disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct Disorder, DMDD, Eating-Disorder and Body Dysmorphia, Self-Harm, Major Depression, Bi-Polarity, personality disorders (especially borderline personality disorder), PTSD, cognitive impairment, speech delay, learning disabilities, and more may have developmental trauma at their core.
This series includes two 90 minute sessions) on theories and treatment practices of developmental trauma and how to apply them in clinical practice.
Overview of the ETI Secure Attunement Framework and how to apply it to developmental trauma.
Developing therapeutic adeptness in blending bottom-up experiential modalities (expressive arts and somatic/body-oriented approaches) and top-down approaches (narrative processing) in the context of a secure-attunement framework.
Developing a clear understanding of the foundational role of attunement in brain development in the early years of life and matching intervention to the age when the trauma took place.
Understanding trauma integration in the context of developmental trauma, based on case presentations of treatment plans.
4. Self-Regulation (4.5 hours)
Self-regulation is at the core of trauma therapy, since virtually all trauma survivors deal with ongoing stress symptoms and complex emotions. (Read more about self-regulation and experiential strategies to expand it in my blog.)
This three-session series is on how, as a therapist, to work most effectively with clients on self-regulation via teletherapy. The series will review the theory and practice of self-regulation and provide step-by-step guidance on how to adapt it to the online session.
Three sessions, 1½ hours in length.
An expanded toolbox (10 exercises) for self-regulation work with clients who were already trauma survivors before the pandemic and now face additional crises.
Incorporating bottom-up experiential modalities (expressive arts and somatic/body-oriented approaches) and top-down approaches (cognitive and behavioral narrative processing) into existing approaches to therapy, and combining the two.
How experiential self-regulation facilitates neuroplasticity and enhance vagal tone, and how to deploy tools for self-regulation in ways most likely to facilitate these.
5. Kids Self-Regulation (3 hours)
In two interactive sessions, you will learn a new experiential language to introduce psychoeducation to your clients (and their parents) ages 6-18. In hands-on exercises, you will practice and learn how to employ this language with clients to facilitate self-regulation.
A conceptual framework for assessing client symptoms of stress and trauma (ETI Roadmap) and working with clients on self-regulation in the context of that framework.
Tools (16 exercises) you can use with clients aged 6-18 for self-regulation, designed to be effective with trauma survivors or those who experience stress and anxiety symptoms.
Therapeutic adeptness in blending bottom-up experiential modalities (expressive arts and somatic/body-oriented approaches) and top-down approaches (cognitive processing) into one seamless therapeutic process.
Develop a clear understanding of the foundational role that self-regulation plays in facilitating neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, and vagal tone, and a good understanding of how to deploy experiential tools for self-regulation in ways that facilitate these in clients.
6. PANDAS and Neuroimmune Psychiatric Conditions (1¼H)
Are you a therapist working with children, teens, and young adults with tics, OCD, ODD, ASD, restrictive eating (anorexia) and body-dysmorphia, suicide ideation, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar? Are you working with these age groups and some of your clients do not respond to therapy? Are your clients described by others as "troublemakers”, "defiant" “hyper,” “bad,” “not smart,” “challenging,” “unfit,” etc?
Therapists with clients displaying any of the above need to have an up-to-date understanding of Autoimmune Encephalitis (AE), a syndrome with wide-ranging physical, emotional, and development implications that is now estimated to affect at least one in 200 children in the US (and some researchers say a far higher number).
This presentation provides information and psychotherapy intervention plans for clients with neuroinflammatory psychiatric symptoms AE, also known as Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) or Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS).
Meet the Presenter Odelya Gertel Kraybill:
Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., LCPC, ACS is a trauma specialist, trainer, psychotherapist, and consultant who has lived and worked in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and North America. A Fulbright scholar, she developed Expressive Trauma Integration™ (ETI), an integrative approach to trauma therapy based on her research and clinical practice in several continents. She is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate Art Therapy Program at George Washington University and is widely recognized as a blogger on trauma and sustainability. The research interest of the last decade has been wellness and integrative health, especially nutritional psychology in the context of trauma response. Kraybill conducts ETI training nationally and internationally and provides consultation and e-consultation on trauma, wellness and sustainability. She maintains a private practice for survivors of developmental and complex trauma.
What materials will participants need during sessions?
1) A notepad.
2) Several print papers (A4).
3) A pencil/pen, crayons, and or markers.
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Do I need to be an artist or expressive therapist to participate or to apply these methods with my clients?
No, these are simple techniques that anyone can learn to use in clinical settings. While we will use art-making, drawing, and role reversal, our focus will be on the process of expression and experiencing "imaginal space", not on the end product.
What kind of certificate will I get and how?
The certificate will see: "Certificate of Completion ETI Online Series I".
Once you are done watching all webinars please send an email to this address with the subject: Certificate I Request. Give us at least a week and we will send you an electronic copy of your certificate.
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"The Expressive Trauma Integration (ETI) certificate is one of a kind. I enjoyed the workshops with Dr. Odelya Gertel Kraybill because they provided me with the tools and knowledge to work with children who have experienced trauma and have difficulty expressing their emotions. I have seen a tremendous difference when I apply the tools learned. I have witnessed clients' express what they feel. I highly recommend the ETI series with an expert in the field of trauma work and a survivor. Trauma work is not easy via telehealth due to COVID. After completing the ETI webinar series, I feel more competent to work with clients during challenging times. I encourage you, your organization, and your colleagues to join the ETI series, you will find that it is worth the value."
Thank you for the presentations. I found the information exceptionally useful.
"One of my favorite workshops was Psycho-education in trauma and expressive therapies with Odelya Kraybill, Ph.D. I wish this training had gone longer. There was so much rich material and she was a fabulous educator."
"It was wonderful!! Thank you so much for the resources and training! I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
"Excellent. Great facilitation, experiential, discussion, and collaboration."
"Odeyla was an excellent trainer. I appreciated gaining a better understanding of the particular challenges of working with clients immediately after a critical incident. I feel much better prepared!"
"The workshop was amazing. The experiential activities keep things engaging. I used the Squared Breathing technique to assist clients in a mindfulness activity and even used some of the grounding exercises. It was an extremely useful workshop. I am definitely going to take some more to build on the techniques and understanding until I have integrated them into everyday practice."
"Loved this workshop. It was a great intro to expressive therapy techniques for the treatment of trauma. Loved EVERY activity and will use them carefully in my practice.
"Odelya is a serious student of trauma and the many ways to help clients heal from their traumatic experiences. Her creative and sensitive way of being with clients comes through loudly in her teaching. The activities that she uses can fit with a wide range of client presentations and can help change clients' awareness of their bodies and the places/ways they are carrying trauma. I felt that I learned a great deal and was so happy that I attended this workshop. I am glad that I will be doing future ones as well!"
"This workshop has opened my eyes to many new ways of working with clients."
"The Expressive Trauma Integration series I provide a unique opportunity to learn both a sophisticated framework for trauma work and to gain direct, experiential familiarity with practical expressive tools that can be taken directly back to work with clients. After each training, I’ve returned to my clinical work and used specific experiential prompts and processes to support a wide range of clients with different aspects of the trauma recovery processes. Drawing on the ETI training, I find myself able to identify more precisely what types of experiential approaches might fit where my client is in their trauma integration journey – and to offer tailored, experiential expressive approaches that support clients experience more movement, perspective, and felt a sense of reconnecting with their resources within … in short, to aid clients in their trauma journey with greater integration.
For instance, for one client, we’ve now incorporated ball-tossing as a way to encourage a combination of spontaneity, movement, and bilateral regulation; the client now begins sessions with a brighter effect, and a wider window of tolerance for engaging in other ways to work through – and experience transformation of – deeply held patterns of helplessness and collapse. For another client, this past week I supported one client to engage in a trauma narrative processing cartooning approach – with amplification using found object to represent and gain additional perspective on her experience. Nodding, and breathing deeply, the client observed “this really does make sense – I see how small I felt in that moment, and now I can look from a perspective that lets me see and feel myself taking up space.” These are just two of dozens of concrete applications of tools and approaches gained through ETI training
As or more important, I also want to highlight that Odelya’s ETI training practices what they preach. As a clinician, I’ve found that each training day has been filled with an extra-ordinarily well-sequenced set of experiential activities that enable not only learning of the material from the inside out – but also an embodied sense of greater regulation and renewal for myself as a clinician (in ways that parallel what we are seeking to support in our clients).
This is a workshop, taken individually or as a series, that provides deep energetic as well as clinical resources for clinicians. I highly recommend it for other practitioners looking to deepen approaches that provide practical, nuanced approaches to integrating expressive modalities in trauma work with the client."
Participant in ETI Series I workshop
Trauma therapist for survivors of gender-based violence