Teaching Academy

Invited Guest Speaker & CVM Wellness Team - June 2 & 9, 2021


Trauma-Informed Practice in Education

  1. Part 1: Wednesday, June 2, 11:00-12 pm (PST)  See recording link below

  2. Part 2:  Wednesday, June 9, 11:00-12 pm (PST)  See recording link below

More details about the webinars below


Schedule of Events:

Wednesday (June 2nd and June 9th):

Part 1 - June 2ndh: 11:00 - 12:00 pm (PST) 

    COVID-19 has proved to be challenging for educators, students, administrators. The common experience had by all is a type of collective trauma. A trauma-informed approach in the classroom, lab, and/or clinic equips educators with strategies and tools to better handle unexpected issues that arise and to engage those with complex trauma with understanding and compassion. In Part 1 of this two-part series, you’ll learn the definition of trauma, understand the behavioral presentations, dismantle misconceptions, and identify the impacts of trauma in an educational environment. A reflective exercise will allow for a more in-depth conversation for Part 2 of the series

Part 2 - June 9th: 11:00 - 12:00 pm (PST) 

Invited Guest Speaker

Rhonda Allenger

Rhonda Allenger : Before starting Allenger Dialectic Therapies, my work history included being a mental health clinical director in a rural Washington community behavioral health center. In over 23 years of practice in this setting, my job duties have been diverse: engagement with clients and allied professionals, development of effective service delivery, implementation of evidence-based practice- DBT, RO-DBT skills class and individual therapy, supervision of clinicians, diagnosis and assessment, and crisis work/involuntary commitment investigations.

I attended my first DBT training in 2000 and found this model that resonated with me. I have attended trainings with Marsha Linehan and other faculty from the Behavioral Tech Institute. This model was originally developed to treat individuals that struggled with chronically suicidal and self-harming behaviors. Over time research has shown that it is also effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.

I became interested in RO-DBT and the idea of over-control being a related but separate struggle, I noticed that in skills training groups there would regularly be a small number of people that were referred to the group that benefited from learning the skills, but did not seem to struggle with impulsive behaviors and were more rigid in their thinking. Thomas Lynch’s research helped me to better understand and serve clients with over control issues more effectively. I gained skills with RO-DBT by completing RO-DBT intensive training in 2014 with Thomas Lynch. RO-DBT treats overcontrolled disorders like chronic depression, chronic anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, anorexia and personality disorders such as avoidant, paranoid, and obsessive compulsive.

I am licensed in both Washington and Idaho. I completed my MSW at Eastern Washington University and my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at University of Idaho.

CVM Wellness Team

Bethany with her dog.

Bethany is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington and Idaho. Bethany received her Master’s Degree in Human Services with an emphasis on School Counseling and a Specialist degree in School Psychology at the University of Idaho. Her areas of interest and experience are in eating psychology, individuals and couples counseling, general mental and physical health, compassion-fatigue, mindfulness, and experiential learning and outdoor education. Bethany’s counseling philosophy is compassion-focused and client-centered, using cognitive-behavioral, existential, dialectical-behavior, and animal assisted therapies as part of the process. Ultimately, she is strengths-based and identifies the unique qualities one has to be successful. If necessary, she will utilize resources and offer referrals as needed.

Rocky is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Washington. Rocky is a graduate of the Master’s in Social Work program at the University of Kentucky. A recent transplant from West Virginia, Rocky comes to WSU with 15 years of social service experience, including 9 years providing mental health therapy to adolescents and adults. His areas of focus include improving distress tolerance, emotional regulation, substance abuse, and LGBT issues. His psychotherapeutic approach is REBT-based (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy), focused on helping patients confront negative, unhealthy thinking patterns. He is also an educator, having served as adjunct faculty in the social work department at Marshall University.

Jane is a Psychology resident and Licensed Mental Health Counselor associate in the state of Washington. Jane received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with specialties in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Child and Family Counseling from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received her Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in the Human-Animal Bond from Washington State University. Jane is supervised by Bethany Colaprete, Eds LPC, LMHC, NCC (Bethany.colaprete@wsu.edu). Jane also receives professional consultation from Nikki Stypa, PsyD. Jane’s areas of interest and experience are in mood disorders (anxiety, depression), trauma recovery, emotion regulation, interpersonal communication, and non-suicidal self-injury. Jane has provided individual, couple, and group therapy for children, teens, teens with autism, adults, and older adults. Jane’s counseling philosophy is client-centered, using cognitive-behavioral, compassion-focused, dialectical-behavior, acceptance and commitment, and equine-facilitated techniques as adjuncts to therapy as appropriate. Ultimately, she identifies the unique qualities one has, as well as cognitive patterns that interfere with success, to reach therapeutic goals. If necessary, she will utilize resources and offer referrals as needed
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