Fairfield University Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies offers workshops and specialty trainings in trauma and resilience. All programs are on campus in Fairfield, CT. The George Link Foundation has provided funding for those who provide care to Veterans.

To learn more, contact:
Dr. Kate Wheeler APRN, FAAN
Fairfield University
203-254-4000 ext. 2708

Integrative Psychotherapy Trauma Program

September 2017-April 2018

This 9-month certificate program for licensed and non-licensed mental health providers integrates EMDR Therapy with a somatic therapy, the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM). Two specialized certificate programs are offered that provide advanced psychotherapy skills for working with those with complex trauma and dissociation. Introducing the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), which is based on the biology of resilience and how to restore balance to the body and the mind after traumatic experiences. Somatic work combined with EMDR Therapy are powerful tools that can be integrated into any therapists’ practice. EMDR Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy for trauma. TRM is research informed and named a promising practice by the Department of Defense. These trainings are offered by recognized experts in trauma treatment. Upon program completion, participants will receive a Certificate in Advanced Integrative Trauma Psychotherapy from Fairfield University as well as certificates of completion for Basic Training in EMDR from EMDRIA and for the Trauma Resiliency Model from the Trauma Resource Institute.

Each training includes five hours of post-training consultation by zoom and space is limited to 30 participants; if you are already EMDR trained, you can sign up for the TRM trainings only. ½ day refresher (mornings only) EMDR training without practica offered at ½ price for those already EMDR trained.

*25 CEUs for the EMDR Part 1 & 2 Trainings and 18.5 CEUs for the Trauma Resilience Model Part 1 & 2 from Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES)

Basic Training in EMDR Therapy Part 1-DONE
September 23-25, 2017
Cost $700
Refresher EMDR (1/2 Day) $300

Basic Training in EMDR Therapy Part 2-DONE
January 13-15, 2018
Cost $700
Refresher EMDR (1/2 Day) $300

Trauma Resilience Model Part 1-DONE
November 3-5, 2017
Cost $700
Refresher EMDR (1/2 Day) $300 

Trauma Resilience Model Part 2
April 7-9, 2018 
Cost $700



Karen Alter-Reid, PhD is a clinical psychologist and EMDR Institute regional trainer. She is faculty, EMDR Senior Consultant and Trainer at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies’ Integrative Trauma Program. Karen is an Trauma Recovery/Humanitarian Assistance Program Trainer, an EMDRIA Approved Provider of EMDR Basic Training and a Specialty Topics Presenter. She is recognized for her post-Katrina 'Therapy for Therapists" project which provided EMDR treatment to therapists who were themselves survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Karen is also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy. She has been in practice for 25 years with 15 years of providing EMDR treatment.

Elaine Miller Karas, LCSW is the executive director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute and adjunct faculty at Loma Linda University’s School of Social Work and Social Ecology. She is the author Building Resilience to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models. Elaine is the co-founder and co-developer of the Trauma Resiliency Model and has taught this model and the Community Resiliency Model in Haiti, China, Mexico, Kenya, Nepal, Germany, South Africa, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Tanzania, Rwanda, Turkey and the Philippines.

Kate Wheeler, PhD, APRN, FAAN is a professor of Nursing at Fairfield University and the coordinator of the psychiatric nurse practitioner program. Kate specializes in trauma in her private practice and is an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approved Consultant and Trainer. She is a psychoanalyst and has been EMDR certified since 2001. She is a past EMDRIA board member, president, and advisory director. Kate has served as a consultant on numerous EMDR research projects in the past 10 years and has published a number of research studies on EMDR with other colleagues and is on the editorial board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.

Specialized Trauma Training in EMDR Therapy (EMDRIA Approved Basic Training)

Part 1: April 27-29, 2018

Cost:  $700
VA Staff and Students: $500
Refresher EMDR (1/2) day:  $300

Part 2: October 6-8, 2018

Cost: $700
VA Staff & Students: $500
Refresher EMDR (1/2 day): $300


Trainer: Kate Wheeler PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN, FAAN EMDRIA Approved Trainer Enrollment limited to the first 30 people.
For more information, please call Kate Wheeler 203-254-4000, ext. 2708.

Integrating Trauma Informed Care Into the Workplace

Friday, May 4, 2018
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fairfield University
NHS 103-104
Limited to 120 people


FREE one-day workshop designed to introduce healthcare, social service and justice system professionals and administrators how to integrate trauma-informed care into the workplace.

The growing awareness of the pervasiveness and effect of trauma physiologically and psychologically on individuals as well as on relationships and communities has led to the development of both trauma-informed and trauma-specific services. Human service systems such as healthcare, justice, and schools become trauma-informed by helping staff to: 1) realize both the prevalence of adverse experiences and the specific neurobiological mechanisms of recovery and resilience, 2) recognize the indications of trauma in clients and systems and avoid re-traumatizing or pathologizing these signs of distress, and 3) apply this knowledge to practice by making changes to procedures and policies. 

This workshop is an advanced professional development opportunity for professionals seeking to become “trauma competent” and to develop trauma-informed systems of care in their own agencies/organizations.


Participants will…

  1. appreciate the prevalence and impacts of traumatic exposure
  2. identify signs and symptoms of traumatic exposure in clients, professionals and systems
  3. describe the neurobiological mechanisms underlying both traumatic experience, and recovery and resilience
  4. develop a plan for specific steps for becoming "trauma competent" and creating trauma-informed agencies and systems



Dr. Cassie Yackley has spent more than 25 years addressing the impact of adverse childhood experiences on families through psychological practice and research, including extensive work with families involved with Child Protection and Juvenile Justice services.

Dr. Yackley is a nationally-certified trainer in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and is preparing mental health therapists across the state to deliver this evidence-based practice for traumatized young children.

Her recent projects include:

  • Partners for Change with NH DCYF
  • Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Services with the NH Department of Maternal and Child Health
  • Project GROW with the NH DOE Office of Student Wellness
  • Connecting Young Children and their Caregivers to Care (CYCCC) with the Manchester Police Department’s ACEs Response Teams

all of which work to build trauma-informed systems of care in New Hampshire.




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