Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from, "what's wrong with you?" to "what happened to you?". Why is that important? I had the pleasure of working directly with renowned trauma expert Colin Ross, M.D., so I’m going to borrow from his Trauma Model Book to explain what I mean.
Modern day psychiatry struggles with the problem of co-morbidity. As an example, a psychiatric patient may at one time be diagnosed with and treated for depression, another time a psychotic disorder, another time treated as being ‘borderline’, and so on. Each time, treatment operates on the assumption that the current diagnosis is correct, trailed by a series of incorrect past diagnoses because it is statistically impossible, according to the DSM, for one person to have all of those diagnoses at the same time. And yet these are the patients that come to therapy in your office everyday!
Dr. Colin Ross proposed a new model to deal with this frustrating problem where the focus is on trauma (and the patient), and not on the diagnosis. And with this model, he proposed evidence-based approaches and treatments that are far more effective in helping patients.
In addition to working directly with Dr. Ross, I’ve also studied the published works of many renowned authors, researchers and clinicians. This has led me to conclude that there simply are not enough trauma therapists in the world. That’s why I have a passion for teaching others how to work with survivors of trauma. I have trained therapists and interns on a one-on-one basis, and I am dedicated to providing quality trauma-informed continuing education for therapists and other counseling professionals.
This brings us to the creation of TraumaCEs.com to make this critical knowledge available on a wider scale to all therapists with an interest in learning more about the trauma-informed care perspective.
I also know how hard it can be to find quality continuing education courses. If you're like most counseling professionals, you’ve wasted a lot of time and money on seminars. This in turn has cost you time with your clients. You’ve probably also taken your fair share of boring CEs, and cut things pretty close to your yearly CE credit deadlines as a result!
I’d love to help you change that. Our courses are designed to be informative, up-to-date and interesting! And of course, they’re designed to equip you to be a better care provider.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in the treatment of trauma and trauma related disorders, and I maintain a private practice in Richardson, Texas. Feel free to check out my personal website for additional resources or to make referrals at www.BethHarp.com.
I was also the Program director for Colin Ross’ Trauma Program at Timberlawn Hospital in Dallas, Texas from 1998-2002. I completed my student and LPC internships with the Trauma Program from November 1996 through February 1998.
Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science May 1989
Amber University, Master of Arts in Counseling May 1997
License, Certifications & Awards
Texas Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) #16139
National Certified Counselor (NCC)