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Traumatic Incident Reduction Workshop

The Spring TIR Workshop starts 9:00 am, Wednesday, April 23 and finishes 5:00 pm Saturday, April 26, 2014.  Location: Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor, MI.

26 continuing education credit hours are offered.


The Summer TIR Workshop starts 9:00 am, Wednesday, August 20 and finishes 5:00 pm Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Holiday Inn near North Campus, Ann Arbor, MI. 26 continuing education credit hours are offered.

This four day workshop covers the nature of trauma, the consequences of traumatic incidents, and the Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) technique, a one-on-one, highly-structured, yet person-centered approach to resolving the emotional charge contained in traumas and permanently eliminating their negative aftereffects in a relatively brief amount of time. This training contains practicum sections where students apply the techniques learned. Information on continuing education credit available can be found here: http://www.tir.org/training/ced.html

As demonstrated through examination and supervised activities, the student will be able to: Explain the theory of the traumatic network Explain the theory and practice of Traumatic Incident Reduction Explain the theory and practice of Unblocking Describe clients for whom TIR is not appropriate Predict how reactivation (triggering) affects clients' everyday lives Utilize communication exercises to increase rapport with clients Describe unresolved traumatic incidents as incomplete activity cycles Apply Traumatic Incident Reduction to a successful result Apply Unblocking to a successful result Use these structured, directive techniques in a client-centered way

For: Social workers, psychologists, counselors, life coaches, nurses, chaplains, victim service staff, and anyone in the helping professions would benefit from this training 


Trainer: Marian Volkman has worked in the fields of trauma resolution and personal growth for more than 40 years. She teaches Applied Metapsychology, including Traumatic Incident Reduction in the US, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere, trains new trainers, and maintains a practice working with individuals. From 1999 onward she has presented at many ATSS conferences. Author of Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Metapsychology, 2005 and editor of  Children and Traumatic Incident Reduction: Creative and Cognitive Approaches, 2007

Fee:  $695 for the four day training, including all needed course materials.  $625 advanced registration discount.  Some scholarships available for full time students.

To register: http://www.tir.org/training/trainers/marianvolkman.html   Or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



The H.U.G.S. Program, H.U.G.S. Helping Understand Grief & Trauma Sessions

The objective of the H.U.G.S. Training Program is to address the needs of traumatized and bereaved students who are socially and educationally struggling. The implement of a trauma and bereavement group will address the emotional boundaries that these students are experiencing. Releasing these emotional boundaries will allow these students to resume educationally and emotionally in a healthy manner.

Christine Dernederlanden, C.T.S.S., C.T.R. is the founder of Robert’s Press Canada’s Grief resource Centre. Christine is the award winning author of "Where is Robert?", the grief kit that aided over 6000 families affected by 9/11/01, “H.U.G.S.” Helping Children Understand Grief Sessions and her recent release “Where is My Courage?”

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Best Practices in Critical Incident Response for the Workplace

April 18, 2014        Wyoming, MI


Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
: 4115 Ayrshire Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI, 49418

Cost: $99.00

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Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, FAAETS, serves as Manager, Consultant Relations and Training for Crisis Care Network. He is a licensed social worker and certified addiction counselor. Dennis has received training and supervision in Cognitive Therapy from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, PA. He has participated in a train the trainer courses in Motivational Interviewing and has provided this training to a variety of mental health, substance abuse agencies and in the business community. Dennis also provides training programs on various topics of mental health issues and treatment approaches, substance use disorders and treatment approaches, and critical incident stress management.Dennis, along with Paul LaBerteaux helped to form one of the first community based Crisis Response Teams in the country. He was one of the founding members of the Mid-West Michigan CISM Team and the Michigan Crisis Response Association. Dennis is recognized as a Fellow, by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. To achieve this credential, he completed a comprehensive application and examination, along with supporting documentation, to validate his experience in working with survivors of traumatic events, knowledge of the literature, and level of education.Since 1989, Dennis has helped to train many of the CISM teams in Michigan and frequently is called upon for consultation after particularly difficult events. Through their association with these teams, Dennis, Paul, and Jim have conducted or consulted on all manner of traumatic events for communities, businesses, schools, police, fire and emergency services personnel, the U S Post Office, and community mental health agencies. He has presented at many local, state, regional, national and international conferences. Dennis has presented at the last 10 International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) World Congresses. Dennis was awarded the ICISF Excellence in Training and Educations Award at the ICISF 2011 World Congress.

Judy Beahan, MSW, serves as Director, Clinical and Network Operations for Crisis Care Network. She manages training and development of the largest national provider network of Critical Incident Response Specialists to the workplace. Crisis Care Network responds 1,000 times per month following workplace tragedies to facilitate employee/organizational return to productivity. From 1988 – 1998 Judy worked as an Employee Assistance Program Account Executive providing management consultation, training, program development, and customized workplace interventions. From 1998 – 2010 Judy served in program development and managerial roles in behavioral healthcare, served on crisis response teams and maintained a practice as a licensed therapist. Additionally, Judy is a trained mediator, EMDR Level I, certified Journal to the Self Instructor, and certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructor for Suicide Prevention.

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Training: Best Practices in Critical Incident Response for the Workplace

Date: 10/10/14

Location: Wyoming, Michigan


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