The Traumatized Client: Promoting Wellness and Resilience

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Program Description
Establishing a trusting, therapeutic relationship with clients who have suffered mental trauma is the most important first step to a meaningful and successful treatment plan. No matter where you practice, you are bound to encounter a client who has suffered mental trauma.  This mental trauma can lead to additional mental health disorders that increase the client’s complexity, making these clients very difficult to treat. This program will provide you with the insight and the proper skills to interact and manage clients who present with the most challenging mental conditions related to trauma including PTSD, TBI, personality disorders, panic disorder, and chronic pain. 

Who Should Attend? Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in all areas of clinical practice including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, Registered Nurses and Other Health Sciences Professionals with an interest in caring for mental illness. 

Desired Learning Outcome: You will gain skills in establishing a trusting and therapeutic client relationship for those who do not easily trust, learn new pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options to advance your practice in the areas of PTSD, personality disorders, panic disorders, and chronic pain.

At the conclusion of this educational activity, you will be able to: 

  • Discuss the components required for building a trusting client relationship.
  • Apply therapeutic and pharmacologic steps to manage a PTSD client.
  • Summarize how medical comorbidities develop as a result of untreated trauma related mental illnesses. (HTN, hyperlipidemia, obesity, diabetes, etc).
  • Explain how TBI trauma affects social interactions.
  • Relate therapeutic approaches to managing the client with borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder. 
  • Design a treatment plan for a client with panic disorder.
  • Discuss the relationship of chronic pain to the development of mental illness.
  • Describe therapeutic and pharmacologic steps to manage chronic pain caused by mental trauma. 

Program Agenda

7:30 am – 8:00 am       Registration and Continental Breakfast 
8:00 am – 8:10 am       Welcome and Announcements 
8:10 am – 8:25 am       Building a Trusting Client Relationship 
8:25 am – 9:40 am       PTSD: Approaching the Evidence 
9:40 am – 9:50 am       Break 
9:50 am – 10:50 am     Personality Disorders: What does trauma have to do with it? 
10:50 am – 11:00 am   Break 
11:00 am – 12:15 pm   Panic Disorders: A Different Approach 
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm     Lunch On Your Own 
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm       Traumatic Brain Injury: treatment challenges 
2:15 pm – 2:25 pm       Break 
2:25 pm – 3:55 pm       Managing Chronic Pain Related to Trauma 
3:55 pm – 4:10 pm       Q & A / Online Evaluations


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Brooks Oglesby-Junk, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP, ANP

Brooks Oglesby-Junk, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP, ANP, is an energetic, dynamic presenter with over 30 years of experience in a variety of settings including hospital acute inpatient, outpatient case management, assertive community treatment, community based mental health and tele-psychiatry. She holds a Master’s degree from Medical University of South Carolina and is dual ANCC Board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is in treating clients with PTSD and anxiety disorders in a manner so each person can reach their highest level of wellness. She is in active planning with NAMI to develop community education programs for increased Lyme disease awareness and prevention.   

During her career with the Veterans Administration, Brooks participated in award winning research studies in treating clients with PTSD in a primary care setting. After many years of service in the Veterans Administration in South Carolina, she moved to Oregon where she initially worked at Oregon State Hospital as the first NP attending of a forensic, medium security, psychiatric unit. Brooks is an affiliate faculty for Oregon Health Science University Nursing school. She served as Captain in the US Air Force as a flight nurse and is a veteran of Desert Storm.  

Registration includes:  Attendance at program, downloadable program handouts, all day coffee, tea, water, light continental breakfast, and snacks.  Wi-fi is available in the conference center. 

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