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S24-208 From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Post-Traumatic Growth

Total Credits: 4 including 4 Category I CEs

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



Trauma is a universal concept that every human being endures at some point in their lives. Oftentimes, individuals sustain multiple traumas, and some become so pervasive and acute that they develop into Big “T” traumas and eventually manifest in the form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This workshop will focus on the theory and understanding concepts of what trauma is and how individuals can grow and thrive despite their trauma narrative. Different theories will be explored; in particular, strength-based theories to help consumers build on or acquire resiliency concepts, to help them reshape and reform the trauma narrative from that of victim to that of survivor. A myriad of treatment modalities will be explored that include, but not limited to strength-based theories, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and art therapy. The presenter is a bi-cultural forensic social worker specialized in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addictions, trauma, and working with diverse ethnic groups. This is an interactive workshop were cases vignettes will be presented and participants will work in a group setting.



Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C Related Seminars and Products

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 with 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 Master 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. She continues to advocate for legislative changes. Under her leadership, the committee successfully hosted two national forensic social work conferences and 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


9:00 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

1:15 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


Boland, R. Verduin, M., & Ruiz, P. (2021).  Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry. Twelfth Edition, LWW 


Briere, J. and Scott, C.  (2014). Principles of trauma therapy: A guide to symptoms, evaluation, and treatment.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Pubs. 


Confino, D. et al. (2023) Post-Traumatic Growth: The Roles of the Sense of Entitlement, Gratitude and Hope, International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 8:453-465 


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


Infurna, Frank & Jayawickreme, Eranda (2019) Fixing the Growth Illusion: New Directions for Research in Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth,  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 1-7 


Libera Finstad, G. et al. (2021) Resilience, Coping Strategies and Posttraumatic Growth in the Workplace Following Covid-19: A Narrative Review on the Positive Aspects of Trauma, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 9453 


Raffie Naik, A. and Khan, S. (2019) Post Traumatic Growth: An Overview, International Journal of Advance ad Innovative Research, Volume 6, Issue 4 (II)  


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


Ringel, S. & Brandell, J. (2019). Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Trauma Theory, Research, and Practice, Second Edition, Columbia University Press  


Schupp, L. (2015).  Accessing and Treating Trauma and PTSD, Second Edition, PESI Publishing & Media  


Teseschi, R. & Moore, B. (2016). The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook: Coming Through Trauma Wiser, Stronger, and More Resilient. New Harbinger Publications  


Vloet, T. & Vloet, A., Burger, A. & Romanos, M. (2017). Post-Traumatic Growth in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment. 06. 10.4172/2324-8947.1000178. 


Watkins, L,. Sprang, K. R. & Rothbaum, B.O. (2018). Treating PTSD: A Review of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Interventions. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Volume 12, Article 258  


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

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!

Late Fees and Refunds

The base price is $70 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on 06/28/24. 

Cancellations** must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.

Late fees cannot be refunded or applied to  account credit. 

**ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.**

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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.

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  • 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:

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ADA Accommodations

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