PSRFA Training
May 31, 2019

The Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association training is set for Friday May 31, 2019 at the John Heinz Rehabilitation Center Wilkes Barre PA. The training includes 6 hours of training, lunch, and networking with other resource families. We know that you will enjoy the training and we are looking forward to seeing all of you there.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Traumatic Stress: Signs, Symptoms, Recovery
This experiential workshop will teach you to recognize the signs and symptoms of traumatic stress in yourself and in the children you care for. You will learn to identify many of the physical, psychological, and cognitive responses which occur in the presence of overwhelming trauma. You will understand the fight, flight or freeze response which you may have observed in children who have been exposed to violence, abuse or neglect. During the workshop you will view a series of historical photographs depicting events to which you may have been exposed either directly or incidentally. You will be asked to rate your level of stress in response to these triggers. Workshop participants will then have an opportunity to learn techniques which facilitate self-regulation. Particular attention will be given to self-regulating techniques which can be easily taught to and practiced by children. Presented by: Cindy Loftus-Vergari, MA, AAETS, AASECT Co-director of Loftus-Vergari and Associates

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Neurofeedback and Trauma: Change your brain and change your life
When an attachment breakdown occurs between a child and her or his primary caregiver, a host of complicated symptoms can set in: severe emotional dysregulation, chronic dissociation, self-destructive behaviors, social isolation, rage, and fear. Until now, few reliable therapies existed to combat developmental trauma. But we now know that by focusing on a client’s brain-wave patterns and “training” them to operate at different frequencies, the rhythms of the brain, body, and mind are normalized, attention stabilizes, fear subsides, and, with persistent, dedicated training, regulation sets in. Some fundamental theory will be covered in this the training along with a look at the mind and brain in developmental trauma, what a “trauma identity” looks like, and how neurofeedback can be used to retrain the brain, thereby fostering a healthier, more stable state of mind. Presented by: Garry Krentz, and Bryan Schmitt

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Session: Useful family activities
Presented by: Amy Bogdon, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, and art therapist.