When Is the Mental Health Field Going to Catch Up with the Research on Trauma?

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Laura Reagan, LCSW-C | When Is the Mental Health Field Going to Catch Up with the Research on Trauma? (1 CE hour)

Integrative trauma therapist and podcaster Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is on a mission to shift the understanding of what causes mental health issues. Research indicates that 90% of people who seek mental health treatment have a trauma history, but many therapists claim, “I don’t work with trauma.” In this presentation participants will learn about the prevalence of trauma in therapy populations and the common misdiagnoses that are often assigned to trauma survivors. Laura will share how different types of trauma can be treated most effectively with tailored interventions and the importance of using bottom-up methods alongside top-down approaches. And most importantly, Laura will share the importance of accurately representing one’s expertise and specialization in therapy with trauma survivors when helping clients find our services online.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the research support on the prevalence of trauma and its impact in the US
  2. Identify 3 common diagnoses which are often incorrectly assigned to trauma survivors
  3. Recognize 2 types of trauma and one type of therapy which is effective with each type
  4. Identify 2 types of “bottom up” therapies

Our Presenter

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and group practice owner in the Baltimore metro area. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Therapy Chat. Laura’s work has been focused in childhood abuse and trauma since she started her career in the helping professions prior to grad school, working in a Sexual Assault Crisis Center. Laura is on a mission to spread the message that trauma’s impact on individuals, families and societies is real and far-reaching, and she is committed to raising awareness of and funding for this important issue. Visit www.bahealing.com to learn more about Laura’s work.


Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent learning credit.