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Child Trauma Intervention

Richmont is opening a portion of this course from the Certificate in Trauma Counseling to Richmont alumni and the surrounding community for Continuing Education Credit. 



When: February 11 from 8:30am – 5:00pm (EST) with a 1-hour lunch break

February 12 from 8:30am-5:00pm (EST) with a 1-hour lunch break

Where/How: Richmont’s Atlanta Campus* (1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100, Atlanta, GA 30339)

Presenter: Jon S. Ebert, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Ebert is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Health & Associate Professor in Vanderbilt Department of Human & Organizational Development. He has over 20 years’ experience and expertise in clinical, consultation and training in the assessment and delivery of services to children and families who have experienced traumatic stress and mental health challenges. Dr. Ebert is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (COE) which is part of a statewide network funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee to improve the public health by enhancing the quality of services provided to children in or at-risk of entering the Tennessee child welfare or juvenile justice systems

In addition to his leadership role at the COE, he is also the Associate Director of the APA approved Vanderbilt University Medical Center Internship in Professional Psychology (VUMC-IPP) and is co-director of the Child & Adolescent Psychology internship track. Appointed by the TN Commissioner of Department of Children’s Services (DCS), Dr. Ebert is Chairman of the Treatment Subcommittee for the Tennessee Joint Task Force on Children’s Justice and Child Sexual Abuse. Dr. Ebert is a senior leader and advisor for the Tennessee Best Practice Initiative which is responsible for the statewide implementation of evidence-based treatments. Under his leadership, models such as: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment Regulation & Competence (ARC), Teen Outreach Program (TOP), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) continue to be trained & supported in TN. 


This intermediate level training will focus on understanding and treating Complex Developmental Trauma. In this training, professionals will review (1) “protective” practices to support professionals working in trauma to reduce secondary traumatic stress and burn out, (2) review the clinical characteristics and needs of children and youth who have experienced complex developmental trauma, (3) review foundational strategies and interventions that support attachment, regulation and regulation for children who have experienced traumatic stress, and (4) characteristics and interventions that support healthy attachment and caregiving.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of self-care and regulation as essential for professionals working with complex developmental trauma & adverse childhood experiences.
  • Define common clinical needs and core treatment components needed for children and youth who have experienced complex developmental trauma.
  • Introduce the Attachment, Regulation and Competence (ARC) framework.
  • Apply a repertoire of skills for addressing relational safety for caregivers and children who have experienced trauma.
  • Describe the role of secure attachment in reducing traumatic stress.
  • Explain Interventions that support caregiver emotion regulation [attachment].
  • Identify and develop emotion regulation skills in the therapist as an intervention.
  • Explain interventions that support caregiving attunement [attachment].
  • Identify and develop attunement skills in the therapist toward caregiving systems.
  • Explain interventions that support effective caregiving responses [attachment].
  • Identify and tailor trauma & resiliency informed caregiving/parenting approaches.
  • Describe the balance of “understand” and “expect change” in intervention.
Date Lecture Topics Covered  
11- Feb Attachment Regulations and Competence (ARC)- Part 1 Clinician Personal Wellness as Intervention and Care; Complex Developmental Trauma; Introduction to Attachment, Regulation and Competence.  
12- Feb Attachment Regulations and Competence (ARC)- Part 2 Interventions to support Attachment in caregiver emotion regulation, caregiver attunement and caregiver effective responses [trauma informed parenting].  

Target Audience: Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counseling Students

Continuing Education: 14 CEs Awarded. No partial credit awarded.


Alumni= $310.00

Professionals= $359.00

Note: Attendees are required to attend both days to receive CE credit for this event. Space is limited. Please register early to reserve your spot. Attendees will be admitted to this seminar on a first come, first serve basis.


Please direct your questions regarding this seminar to Martha Busby at or 404.835.6121.

REFUNDS: Full refunds will only be issued if requested by February 4.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. RGU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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