Epigenetics On-Demand Continuing Education Course for therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists


On-Demand: Epigenetics, Neurobiology, and Transcending Trauma: Adverse Childhood Experiences and a Search for Solutions - 4 CEUs

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  • CE Hours Included: 4 Core (please see below for details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $109 (provides lifetime access!)
  • Presented by: Jasleen Chhatwal, MBBS, MD, FAPA & Jason Curry, DO, FAPA (see bios below)
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Instruction Level: Intermediate

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
  • Explain the biologic mechanisms by which ACEs exert long-term negative impacts.
  • Discuss how early childhood trauma affects the developing brain and correlates to common mental health disorders.
  • List individual and community-based solutions to reduce the morbidities of ACEs.

Session Outline:

  • Overview of the adverse childhood experiences study design and findings.
  • Physical health and aging impacts of early childhood adversity.
  • Mental health correlates of childhood trauma.
  • Roles and interactions of the human genome and epigenome.
  • Types of epigenetic changes.
  • Genetic vulnerabilities and epigenetic changes related to trauma, especially childhood trauma and their clinical impacts.
  • Stress response system in acute vs chronic stress.
  • Overview of the brain and its regulation of bioenergetic demands.
  • Neurobiological changes related to traumatic stress.
  • Neurobiological mechanisms for resilience and post-traumatic growth.
  • Public health and community-based solutions to reduce the morbidities of ACEs.

Workshop Description:

Toxic stress during childhood can harm the most basic levels of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, and such exposures can even alter the physical structure of DNA (epigenetic effects). Childhood maltreatment has been linked to a variety of changes in brain structure and function and stress-responsive neurobiological systems with negative downstream impacts on health, emotional well-being, and longevity. In this workshop, we will explore the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) exert their negative impacts. In understanding the effects on brain, body, and behavior we will then look to solutions that enhance resilience, promote post-traumatic growth, and move us in the direction of improved health outcomes.

Presented by:

Jasleen Chhatwal, MBBS, MD, FAPA

Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal is a board-certified psychiatrist and integrative medicine physician. She serves as Chief Medical Officer at Sierra Tucson, a premier residential behavioral health treatment center, as Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is active in medical student & resident-fellow education, aiming to enhance understanding of psychiatric disorders for varied medical and clinical personnel. She is also active in the mental health community, advocating for her patients’, colleagues, and profession through the Arizona Psychiatric Society, Arizona Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Chhatwal’s contributions to mental health have been recognized in the form of a Presidential Award for Leadership from the Arizona Psychiatric Society, and Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association. Echoing naturalistic healing disciplines, Dr. Chhatwal believes that human beings have the inherent capacity to heal when provided with a nurturing environment for the mind, body, and spirit. In her practice, she collaborates with colleagues from various disciplines, aiming to create a nurturing environment so individuals can start their journey towards a healthier, more wholesome life.

Jason Curry, DO, FAPA

Dr. Jason Curry is a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician. A graduate of the University of Arizona (UofA) Psychiatry Residency, Dr. Curry serves as faculty in the department and continues in the role Residency Program Director since 2015. Additionally, Dr. Curry is the Vice Chair for Education in the UofA department of psychiatry. Dr. Curry is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), an Executive Council Member of the Arizona Psychiatric Society, an elected state representative to the APA Assembly for Area 7, and an appointed Board of Trustee member to the APA Political Action Committee. He appreciates advocating for patients and colleagues at local, regional, and national levels. Dr. Curry believes in a learning process of openness, mutual effort, congenial competition, and intentional evolution. His clinical work is focused on outpatient care with special interest in addiction, mood disorders and trauma-informed care.

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "They were amazing! Obviously very informed and involved in the research in an ongoing way. More from these presenters would be great!"
  • "Very organized, so many things about Genetics and Science I have never before understood. I loved it thank you!"
  • "Both presenters were extremely knowledgeable and excellent presenters." - SH, LPC
  • "The presenters were very clear and did a great job." - TS, LCSW
  • "It was new and interesting information. - DC, LPC
  • "Excellent program!" - SFB, LPC
  • "Wonderful!!! Very informative." - LT, LMSW
  • "Great! Info easy to follow." - KC, LMFT
  • "Very interesting. Could even hear more!" - LB, Psychologist
  • "Really great way to get affordable CE's and easy to navigate, thank you!" - AL

4 "Asynchronous" Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. For more detailed information regarding CE approvals, please click here.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 4 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code: 64960540.
  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 4 core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #072022. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This workshop is approved for 4 core CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT), approval #119-2022. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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