This course is designed to help students not only learn about what trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress are, but specifically how they impact one's everyday functioning. We will explore the biological/biochemical, psychological, and social impacts of trauma on the body, brain, and mind. Finally, we will look at ways to effectively treat traumatic stress, many of which are rooted in natural means.
By the end of the course, the participants will be able to: 1) describe at least two theoretical approaches to trauma; 2) employ at least two trauma-related techniques in treatment; 3) explain how approaches differ when applied to the physiological changes that occur within trauma; 4) demonstrate a technique for applying interventions to trauma specific events; 5) compare the differences between the DSM-V and previous DSM manuals; and 5) have the opportunity to practice at least one technique by the end of the course.
Dr. Damon Silas is a Clinical Psychologist, Mental Wellness Coach, Author and Speaker. Dr. Silas is the author of the book entitled From Mourning To Knight: Overcoming Loss, chronicling the losses he has experienced in his life, how he has worked through these losses, and how he has helped his patients through their own struggles and difficulties. He also has authored a follow-up book entitled What’s Your ACTION Plan? 6 Powerful Ways To Get Unstuck In Your Life Now, which details ways to help those who feel stuck in their lives take their next steps forward. His first podcast, entitled “From Mourning To Action: Powerfully Working Through Loss,” is all about giving hope to people as they cope through their losses. His most recent podcast is entitled "A Mental Health Mixtape: Fresh Rhymes, Sound Bites and Movie Clips," and can be found on iTunes and Spreaker platforms. He received his BS in psychology from Howard University, and his Doctoral degree from The George Washington University. He completed his internship at the Children's Psychiatric Center in Miami, FL. Dr. Silas is a contributing member to the Movement Genius platform, highlighting the importance of mindful movement through our emotions. He is also a dance teacher and has been teaching Hip-Hop dance for over 20 years.