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F22-207 From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Post-Traumatic Growth

Total Credits: 4 including 4 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
4 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Trauma is a universal experience that every human being endures. This workshop will clarify what empathy is (and isn’t), how to achieve a deep empathic connection, and the two distinct modes of verbally empathizing: The conventional “You” mode and the more specialized “Identification” mode. It will also demonstrate special applications of empathy to deepen the therapeutic process with couples and families. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the specialized identification mode of empathy.



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Cruz and Associates

Ms. Cruz is a bilingual (Spanish/English) clinical and forensic social worker who has worked with children, adolescents and families for over eighteen years. Ms. Cruz was employed for ten years, as a forensic social worker at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County. In addition from 2000-2014 she worked as an emergency room and psychiatric social worker. She has extensive experience in inpatient psych and partial hospitalization psych programs. Ms. Cruz specializes in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addiction, trauma and working with diverse ethnic groups. 

Ms. Cruz is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in psychology and received her Masters of Social Work, specializing in mental health and addiction from the University Of Maryland School Of School Work. In 2014 she completed an advanced two year post graduate Forensic Social Work Certification through the University of Maryland Continuing Education Department. In 2008 she co-created the Forensic Social Work Committee for NASW and in 2010 became the sole chair, a position she maintained until 2016 when she resigned due to other professional obligations but she continues to advocate for legislative changes. Under her leadership the committee successful hosted two national forensic social work conferences and successfully advocated for various legislative bills and reform. She maintains various professional memberships and affiliations. 

Ms. Cruz is an Adjunct Professor:

  • In 2016, Ms. Cruz joined the University of Maryland (Shady Grove) School of Social Work teaching Advanced Trauma.
  • In 2015, Ms. Cruz joined the Catholic University of America School of Social Work teaching Advanced Ethics.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


10:00 Registration








Power-point presentation (Overview PTSD & PTG)

Visual Presentation 

Power-point Presentation (Trauma Effects)  

Group Discussion

Visual Presentation

12:30   Break





Lecture (Continued):

Power-point Presentation (Assessment & Treatment)

Presentation Summary

Questions & Answers

2:45 Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Categorize and examine the concept of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post Traumatic Growth and Toxic Stress.

Summarize participant’s knowledge of utilizing strength-based therapies to change the trauma perspective from victim to survivor.

Identify the overall effects of trauma in relationship to core sense of self and the world.

Provided with tools like the ACE Questionnaire and Post Traumatic Growth Inventory, to help them understand and meet the needs of individuals with complex trauma.

Bibliography & References


• Vloet, Timo et al. (2017) Post-Traumatic Growth in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment, 1-7.

• Akbar, Zarina & Witruk, Evelin. (2016) Coping Mediates the Relationship between Gender and Posttraumatic Growth. Procedia- Social and Behavioral Sciences 217 1036-1043

• Shubina, Ivanna. (2014) Cognitive-behavioral therapy of patients with ptsd: literature review. Procedia- Social and Behavioral Sciences 165 (2015) 208-216

• Book: Theories for Direct Social Work Practice, Joseph Walsh

• Book: Principles of Trauma Therapy: A guide to symptoms, evaluations and treatment, Briere & Scott

• Book: Assessing and Treating Trauma & PTSD, Linda J. Schupp, Ph.D

• Book: Trauma, A contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice and Research, Ringel & Brandell

• Ramos, Catarina & Leal, Isabel. (2013)Posttraumatic Growth in the Aftermath of Trauma: A literature Review about related factors and application contexts. Psychology, Community and Health, Vol 2 (1), 43-54

Henry, Shannon. (2017) An Exploration of Resilience and Post-traumatic Growth Following Traumatic Death, Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Paper, 753


Live Interactive Webinar Platforms




The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

Both platforms offer high quality and user-friendly webinar platforms for our registrants.


System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $85.00 and includes CE credit. Registering after October 12, 2022 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 4 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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