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Breaking Down the Brain: How Stress, Trauma, & Discrimination Impact Mental and Physical Health
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Breaking Down the Brain: How Stress, Trauma, & Discrimination Impact Mental and Physical Health

This Webinar will address how stress, traumatic events and discrimination can have impacts the mental and physical health of clients. Participants will learn how to use techniques and resources to address these specific issues when working with clients.

 Export to Your Calendar 1/17/2018
When: January 17, 2018
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Where: Online Webinar
United States
Contact: Florida Counseling Association Office

Online registration is available until: 1/16/2018
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Breaking Down the Brain: How Stress, Trauma, & Discrimination Impact Mental and Physical Health




Presented by: Caitlyn McKinzie Bennett, MA, LMHC, NCC & Michelle D. Mitchell, MSEd, LPC-PA, NCC



Stress and traumatic events have become increasingly common experiences for many individuals. Both stress and trauma have physiological implications, including the release of cortisol and other stress hormones. Moreover, chronic stress and trauma can cause maladaptive functioning for brain regions such as the amygdala and prefrontal cortex. Additionally, discrimination is differential treatment not based upon behavior or qualifications, which can cause stress and result in societal adversity; specifically, discrimination has been linked to symptoms of depression, cardiovascular disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and other adverse health related outcomes. Counselors are charged with obtaining knowledge about the biological basis of stress, trauma, and discrimination as well as being appropriately equipped to provide support, resources, and advocacy efforts for impacted clients. Please join us to learn more about how stress, trauma, and discrimination impacts the mental and physical health of clients.


Objectives of the Webinar:

a. Participants will learn about the neuroscience behind (i.e., stress hormones and brain regions) stress and trauma-based experiences.
b. Participants will learn how diverse populations uniquely experience stress and trauma, specifically as it relates to discrimination.
c. Participants will learn how to provide psychoeducation to clients about the role the brain plays in stress, traumatic, and discriminatory experiences.
d. Participants will be provided with techniques and resources on how to address stress, trauma, and discrimination when working with clients.



About our presenters:

• Caitlyn McKinzie Bennett, MA, LMHC, NCC is doctoral candidate in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. Her current research agenda focuses on the effectiveness of neurofeedback training to address anxiety, stress, depression, and cortisol levels within the college student population. Ms. McKinzie Bennett’s research also focuses on the use of mindfulness-based strategies to address anxiety and self-efficacy. She has been recognized and awarded for her research efforts and commitment to the counseling profession through several awards, including the 2017 SACES Outstanding Graduate Student, Doctoral Level Award, 2017 ACA Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award, and the 2017 AARC Supported Scholarship Research Grant.

• Michelle D. Mitchell, MSEd, LPC-PA, NCC
is a doctoral candidate at in the Counselor Education program at the University of Central Florida. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is presently a graduate research assistant and administrative coordinator at the University of Central Florida’s Community Counseling and Research Center, where she manages and oversees the daily operations of the counseling center. Michelle remains active in service through her roles as a Doctoral Mentor to Master’s level students, a member on several American Counseling Association (ACA) Division standing committees, and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) Graduate Student Representative. Ms. Mitchell’s research focuses on the assessment of multicultural competence and self-efficacy among counselors. Ms. Mitchell’s commitment to multiculturalism in counseling has been previously recognized through the 2017 AMCD Emerging Graduate Student Leader Award and as a 2017 NBCC Minority Fellow.


Important Information:

  •  This webinar does offer  1 CE hour-FREE to Members

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