Ethics in Trauma Treatment Training

Ethical Considerations in Treating Traumatized Youth


The november training has been postponed due to unforseen circumstances. Please check back for info on a training in 2023!

Therapist Training

This live, virtual 3-hour training aims to build knowledge and understanding for clinicians working with traumatized youth through providing education on research and best practices, using case examples that illustrate common ethical considerations/dilemmas that occur when working with traumatized youth.

This training will focus on two common ethical considerations with this population: 1) balancing our mandate to “do no harm” while simultaneously providing a treatment that elicits distress through exposure work, and 2) ethical considerations in pre-trial therapy for youth involved with criminal proceedings.

This is an intermediate to advanced training for therapists who have a basic level of understanding of one or more evidence-based treatments for traumatized youth (such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

  • Event Location: This training will be delivered virtually via Zoom
  • Event Date: To be Determined – 2023
  • Event Schedule: 1:00pm – 4:30pm EST (10:00am-1:30pm PST/12:00noon-3:30am CST)
  • Training Fee: $85 per person
  • CE Credit Hours: A maximum of 3 CE credit hours are available. See below for details
  • Deadline/Cancellations: Refunds for cancellation are awarded up to 7 days before the start of the training. All refunds are subject to a 5% processing fee. To request a refund please email cswiecicki@harbormaplecounseling.com or complete the form at the bottom of this page.
  • Requests for ADA Accommodations can be made by emailing or calling Dr. Swiecicki at cswiecicki@harbormaplecounseling.com or 843-874-8526
  • Space is limited.

For additional information, fill out the form below or reach out to cswiecicki@harbormaplecounseling.com.

About TF-CBT

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based, trauma focused treatment for children and teens between the ages of 3 and 17. TF-CBT is a skills-based treatment model that decreases PTSD and depressive symptoms in children and teens and improves the relationship between children and their caregivers.

Learn more at tfcbt.org

Training Logistics

Location/Virtual Requirements

  1. All training activities will be conducted on the Zoom platform. Registrants will receive an invitation no later than one week prior to the training.
  2. Training times are in EASTERN standard time.
  3. This training will not be recorded. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify at least 3 emotional or behavioral symptoms/impacts of trauma exposure in childhood.
  2. Be able to reference at least 3 clinical symptom outcomes that the empirical research shows are improved through delivery of evidence-supported trauma treatments.
  3. Summarize the literature on benefits and risks of research supported trauma treatment (i.e., exposure-focused treatments) as related to ethical standards to “do no harm.”
  4. Identify and describe at least two ethical standards relevant for providers who conduct treatment with child trauma victims who may testify in court.
  5. Demonstrate 2-3 strategies for having informed consent discussions with caregivers/youth related to evidence-based treatment for trauma symptoms.

Continuing Education

  • Social Workers: This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers – South Carolina Chapter (CE Approval #886385087) to offer 3.0 continuing education contact hours. Participants licensed in states other than South Carolina should contact their respective Social Work Board to verify CE credits for this webinar are accepted by that Board. 
  • Ethical Considerations in Treating Traumatized Youth has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Harbor Maple Counseling & Psychological Services is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4052.
  • Psychologists: This live activity is approved for a maximum of 3.0 APA CE credit(s). Psychologists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Harbor Maple Counseling & Psychological Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Harbor Maple Counseling & Psychological Services maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

About The Trainers

Carole Swiecicki, Ph.D.

Dr. Carole Swiecicki is a licensed psychologist, owner at Harbor Maple Counseling and Psychological Services and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also provides direction to Remolina Support Programs and programmatic guidance to the Children’s Advocacy Center serving her local area. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at St. Louis University, followed by a psychology internship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her clinical work and research focuses on disseminating effective assessments and interventions for traumatized children, teens, and adults. Dr. Swiecicki has delivered treatment in English and Spanish, and in outpatient and community (e.g., home, school, residential) settings.

Dr. Swiecicki is a national trainer in two evidence-based practices for treating traumatized youth (Trauma-Focused CBT  and Alternatives for Families: CBT) and has obtained numerous federal grants aimed improving access to evidence-based trauma treatment. She is a former member of the board of directors at National Children’s Alliance, Child Advocacy Centers of Virginia and the South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Meg Wallace, LISW-CP

Ms. Meg Wallace is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-CP) in the State of South Carolina. She is a Clinical Instructor and the Associate Director for Clinical Operations for the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She completed her undergraduate coursework at the College of Charleston, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Ms. Wallace earned her Master’s in Social Work from the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Ms. Wallace is a nationally certified TF-CBT therapist and is trained in evidence-based treatment of trauma related mental health issues, specifically focusing on child abuse and loss by homicide. For the last 9 years, Ms. Wallace has served as the coordinator for a federally funded Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) service grant aimed to improve resources for survivors of homicide and victims of crime with barriers to traditional, office-based treatment. In addition, for the last 6 years, Ms. Wallace has provided direct telehealth services and supervision of TF-CBT to children and adolescents across the state through the Telehealth Outreach Program (TOP). Ms. Wallace is a part of the South Carolina Suicide Prevention Coalition and an active Committee Member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Charleston Area Out of the Darkness Walk.

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