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Green Cross: Treating Sexual Trauma

This event is not sponsored by the Alumni Association and does not fall under the benefits of Founding Membership status.

Richmont partners with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) to offer certification through the Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery.
Individuals completing the course of study are granted Green Cross recognition as Field and Certified Traumatologists.

When: February 22-23, 2019 / 8:30am – 5:00pm

Where: Richmont Graduate University- Atlanta Campus, 1900 The Exchange SE, Suite 100

Continuing Education: 12 NBCC CE Clock Hours Awarded. 12 CE Clock Hours Awarded to Psychologists. Partial attendance is not awarded.

Target Audience:  This is an intermediate level training for counseling professionals and students working with traumatized populations.


  • Students= $180.00
  • Professionals= $260.00

Presenter: Dr. Vanessa Snyder

Dr. Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Training. She is a 2008 graduate as well as the Dean of Clinical Affairs at Richmont Graduate University. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in VA. Her areas of research interests include: sexual abuse and trauma; trauma effects on the God perception; trauma treatment with play/art therapy, assessment in treatment of adults who experience trauma/complex trauma; secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking and dissociative disorders. She is currently working with Hope for Justice (Nashville, TN) on research and program evaluations of trauma treatment models in sex trafficking shelters. Vanessa is also the Academic Dean for the Institute of Sexual Wholeness

Topic: The purpose of this course is a focus on dysfunctional family systems and how incest and molestation alter the family structure in harmful ways. This course will also look at typical diagnostic categories stemming from sexual trauma and discuss therapeutic strategies for recovery and healing.

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

  • Define specific terms related to sexual abuse from both clinical and legal perspective.
  • Identify specific patterns related to sexual abuse.
  • Explain how dysfunction contributes to abuse inside and outside the family.
  • Define and identify trauma and post-traumatic stress reactions.
  • Describe the components of the brain related to trauma.
  • Explain common ways the brain is affected during and after sexual assault.
  • Recognize common ways a traumatic experience may affect a victim’s behavior.
  • Assist victims in understanding the neurobiology of trauma, when appropriate.
  • Describe the physical and psychological impact of sexual assault.
  • Describe the impact of sexual abuse on partners, family, and close friends.
  • Utilize crisis intervention, education, and supportive counseling skills to assist sexual abuse victims.
  • Understand appropriate treatment modalities for sexual trauma.
  • Identify actions and behaviors that violate healthy boundaries.
  • Develop a personalized self-care plan to prevent compassion fatigue.


  • Day 1- Morning

Welcome and Introductions             Overview of sexual abuse

Family Dynamics

Trauma and stress reactions

  • Day 1- Afternoon

Long-term effects of sexual abuse


Treating Sexual Trauma

  • Day 2- Morning


Ego state continuum

Stage approach to treatment

  • Day 2- Afternoon

H.E.A.R.T Model of Treatment

Component Based Treatment


Registration: Click Here.

For questions about the course, please contact Dr. Vanessa Snyder at

For questions concerning registration or Continuing Education, please contact Martha Busby at

In order to receive a full refund, you must request prior to February 18.

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. Richmont Graduate University 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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Green Cross: Treating Sexual Trauma