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  • Writer's pictureRenee DeBoard Lucas

Presentation for the clinician's of Montgomery County Counseling Center

I presented to the clinicians at Montgomery County Counseling Center’s staff meeting. I have gotten to know the founder Laura Goldstein, LCMFT and Clinical Director Sara Varga, LCSW-C and appreciate them and their team’s shared values with TRUE of equity, inclusivity, and anti-racism. Their team has a lot of experience working with youth and families, so when I was planning this training, I knew I didn’t need to start with basic trauma informed skills but instead, wanted to ‘add to their toolkit’ when working with youth and families impacted by trauma. We talked about factors to look out for and assess that can supplement the intake and therapy process and ways to incorporate advanced trauma-based skills into their practice. There was a specific focus on how to adapt Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) to include discussions of racism, discrimination, and privilege. It was a great shared discussion with lots of thoughtful questions to mull over. 

I was excited to receive some positive comments!

  • Thank you! This is so helpful. 

  • It’s helpful to know some ways we can ask these questions. 

  • It’s always good to reexamine our privilege.


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