2022 Annual EBT Conference: Recovery and Resilience

Recovery and Resilience

The North Carolina Child Treatment Program seeks to address the gap between researched best practice and community-based mental health services for children and families overcoming trauma. Through the Spring 2022 Annual EBT Conference, NC CTP aims to help our Learning Collaborative graduates sustain and improve EBT implementation and learn about existing and emerging trends in community mental health.

This virtual conference, including three half-days of conference sessions and an optional half-day pre-conference, will cover an array of advanced topics aimed at enhancing clinical skills in areas such as:

  • Clinical considerations for working with special populations
  • Improving clinician engagement and support
  • NEW for 2022! Ethics for Mental Health Providers

And much more!


Program Graduates and Senior Leaders from NC CTP and CCFH Learning Collaboratives in ABC, CPP, PCIT, PSB-CBT, RPC, SPARCS, and TF-CBT


March 21st – 24th, 9:00 am-12:15 pm EDT

  • Pre-Conference:
    • Monday, March 21st 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT
    • Tuesday, March 22nd 9:00 am -10:00 am EDT
  • Conference:
    • Tuesday, March 22nd 10:15 am – 12:15 pm EDT
    • Wednesday, March 23rd 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT
    • Thursday, March 24th 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT


Virtual Training via Zoom
Hosted by the NC Child Treatment Program


$160.00 for Conference, Three Half-Days
$215.00 for Pre-Conference and Conference Combo Package, Four Half-Days


Conference participants may earn 8 NBCC credits and Wake AHEC Contact Hours, and 0.8 CEUs. Pre-Conference participants may earn an additional 4 NBCC credits and Wake AHEC Contact Hours, and 0.4 CEUs. Credits are only available for participants who attend the EBT Conference in its entirety. No credits will be awarded for partial attendance.  


Registration is limited to graduates and senior leaders of NC CTP and CCFH trainings in ABC, CPP, PCIT, PSB-CBT, RPC, SPARCS, and TF-CBT. Clinicians who have trained in these models with other programs are not eligible to apply, but we encourage you to take a look at our other training offerings.

Registration has closed! Please take a look at our other training offerings, and we will see you at our 2023 conference!

Conference Schedule

Events on Monday, March 21st

9:00 am-12:15 pm EDT
Pre-Conference Part 1 (3 hours plus 15 minute break)
Is that Ethical? Practical Approaches to Issues in Clinical Practice: Part 1
In this workshop, faculty members from the UNC School of Medicine and the Center for Bioethics experienced in the work of clinical ethics consultation will use lecture, discussion, and case examples to offer participants the opportunity to build their skills in identifying ethical issues and in practical reasoning.

Events on Tuesday, March 22nd

9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
Pre-Conference Part 2 (1 hour)
Is that Ethical? Practical Approaches to Issues in Clinical Practice: Part 2
In this workshop, faculty members from the UNC School of Medicine and the Center for Bioethics experienced in the work of clinical ethics consultation will use lecture, discussion, and case examples to offer participants the opportunity to build their skills in identifying ethical issues and in practical reasoning.
10:15 am - 12:15 pm EDT
Keynote (2 hours)
Including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in All We Do to Promote Healthy Futures of Racially and Ethnically Diverse Children
A challenge to achieving the promise of evidence-based treatments generally includes the limited capacity of practices and organizations to establish themselves as credible and reliable sources of support for racially and ethnically diverse children and families. Complementary approaches that address child mental health equity, promote workforce diversity, and create inclusive environments can overcome these challenges. This session will focus on ways to integrate comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy in to foster wide reach to children and families from racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underserved in child mental health treatment.

Events on Wednesday, March 23rd

9:00 am - 12:15 pm EDT
Session 1 (3 hours plus 15 minute break)
Evidence-Based Treatments for Supporting Mental Health of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) experience higher rates of stressful life events and mental health challenges across the lifespan than their typically developing peers (Cook & Hole, 2021). However, research suggests people with I/DDs are less likely to receive prompt and appropriate behavioral health supports and services. This session will include information about evidence-based mental health interventions for people with I/DDs and practical strategies for supporting this population across the lifespan.
Addressing Historical Trauma in Current Day Practice
This session will provide a forum to discuss how past historical traumatic events such as genocide, ethnocide, stolen land, and forced removal of Indigenous people have current day impacts on service provision. We will discuss strategies to conceptualize and address historical trauma in practice and provide corrective experiences.
Getting the Word out on Complex Trauma: Use of Multimedia Resources to Support Education and Awareness for Youth and Families and Across Systems
Published data from the National Core Data Set, decades pf empirical research, and a wealth of “on the ground” clinician experience all reveal staggering rates of trauma exposure among youth, as well as profound and serious psychological and behavioral consequences that often persist into adolescence and adulthood. This didactic and applied workshop will begin with a short film and will include a brief review of recent research on complex trauma and discussion on the domains of impact and core components of intervention. The second half will focus on practical and evidence-based intervention strategies drawn from SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress).
Engaging Refugee and Immigrant Children and Families in Mental Health Services: What We Do Wrong and How We Can Do Better
This session will focus on strategies for engaging refugee and immigrant children and families in mental health services. Dr. Abdi will share knowledge from her many years of practice and research with refugees, using case examples, small group discussions and audience participation to create an engaging and interactive learning environment.
Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma: Enhancing trauma informed knowledge and skills in critical reasoning, judgment, and decision-making through interactive case conceptualization
The mission of the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma is to raise the standard of care nationwide for youth and families who have experienced trauma by raising the standard of education and training in core principles of childhood traumatic stress for their care providers. This workshop requires active participation by all participants as they work collaboratively in exploring a specific case study of a youth with complex trauma. The Core Curriculum uses a strength-based approach that encourages learners to emphasize supportive factors and positive outcomes as strongly as risk factors and negative outcomes. Participants will apply the 12 Core Concepts as conceptual lenses to frame information and guide critical reasoning about the case study and identify ecological factors hypothesized to influence children’s traumatic experiences and contribute to their post-traumatic adjustment.

Events on Thursday, March 24th

9:00 am -12:15 pm EDT
Session 2 (3 hours plus 15 minute break)
Liberation Psychology: Addressing the Wounds of Racism
This presentation will illuminate ways mental health professionals can serve communities who live with the psychological effects of racial stress and trauma. Insights from liberation psychology, decolonial psychology, Black psychology, and womanist psychology will be presented. This training is for beginner and advanced clinicians, as most training programs have not offered training in addressing the trauma of oppression. The training will encompass both theory and practical application of anti-oppression therapy and programming.
Childhood Traumatic Grief with Youth and Families
Childhood traumatic grief gives an emphasis on death of a loved one under “traumatic circumstances.” While many children adjust well after a death, other children have ongoing difficulties that may interfere with everyday life. If the child’s responses are severe or prolonged and interfere with his or her functioning, the child may be experiencing childhood traumatic grief. Prior research has found that childhood traumatic grief may result in post-traumatic stress symptoms that impinge and impede the child’s ability to grieve normally. This interactive session will explore a range of factors clinicians should consider when engaging in clinical care for youth and families experiencing traumatic grief. In line with childhood traumatic grief clinical concerns and considerations, this workshop will explore the unique impact of COVID-19 and related influencers of increased loss. Participants will increase their awareness about typical emotional and behavioral responses of childhood traumatic grief, identify coping resources, and practice skills for effectively engaging youth and families in treatment specific to childhood traumatic grief.
Working with Immigrant Latino Youth
The session will focus on working with the diversity of immigration experience of Latino children and youth children . A cultural humility perspective will be reviewed as an approach to working with immigrant youth taking into consideration the impact of trauma and adaptation across developmental levels. Suggestions will be offered for adapting trauma focused treatments for immigrant youth.
Supervisors and Agency Leaders Sustaining the Workforce and Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress
Supervisors and senior leaders often struggle with a workforce that is experiencing stress, overwhelm, and burnout, and leaving their positions at higher rates. This session addresses the many ways that leaders can help clinicians sustain a long-term career as a therapist while minimizing the occupational hazards of secondary trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue. This session will address commonly held myths and misperceptions of “self-care” done at home as the remedy to compassion fatigue and work stress. Instead, strategies will be presented that are useful for supervisors and agency leaders in promoting a healthy and sustainable workforce.
Sexual Development in the Digital Age: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and Where We’re Going
Sexual development is as integral a part of a child’s overall development as is their cognitive, emotional, and social development. In today’s society, with 24-hour access to social networking and media, kids are regularly exposed to mature content and sexual themes. Given the rapidly advancing online environment of youth, accurately assessing typical sexual development versus problematic sexual behaviors versus common, but risky, sexual decision making has become increasingly difficult. This presentation will examine the pathways by which youth encounter sexual media online and differentiate typical sexual development from online problematic sexual behavior, risky sexual decision making, and internet crime victimization. Presenters will also demonstrate how well-established therapeutic techniques can be applied effectively to address online problematic sexual behavior and risky sexual decision making.
Understanding and Affirming Transgender and Non-Binary Youth in Therapeutic Settings
The purpose of this session is for mental health clinicians to expand their understanding of transgender and non-binary identities and the unique needs of transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse youth so that they can offer care with an intentional and culturally informed framework. Participants will spend time deepening their understanding of the lived experiences of transgender and gender diverse youth including affirming actions and effective support systems. They will engage in best practices, practice using correct pronouns, and do individual and small group practical skill application so they will leave with an increased confidence in their own skills and how they can be applied to support the youth they work with in clinical settings.

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