Ask the Expert with Amber McDonald and Courtney Palm: Introduction to Trauma and the Special Needs Population
Presented by Amber McDonald, PhD, LCSW, MSW and Courtney Palm, LMFT
The trauma field has always acknowledged heightened rates of abuse within the special needs community — however, despite the frequency of occurrence, this is one of the least served populations. Limited abuse reporting, atypical disclosure styles, and lack of education for providers has contributed to this community remaining left out of services.
The process of providing more support to these families begins with understanding how the abuse experience differs from what is commonly seen in this field. This webinar will focus on highlighting those differences in the following areas: grooming behavior, conditioning the victim and family, investigation considerations, and treatment approaches.