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Detaching from the Trauma of Workplace Abuse

Amy Ebbeson, LICSW, Clinical Director, Worcester Addresses Childhood Trauma

Untreated trauma in early childhood can have a lifelong impact. These experiences may predispose some workers to abuse. In this session, you’ll learn the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), understand how to detach from the pain, and learn ways to cope with the traumatic circumstances.

Amy Ebbeson is the clinical director of Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma) and a lead consultant for the Collaborative for Youth and Community Justice at Clark University. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University and has worked in a variety of social service agencies, including the Department of Mental Health. For 17 years, she taught mental health and community health at several area colleges including Worcester State University, where she also served as the coordinator of the Next Step Program – a degree completion program designed to help underrepresented non-traditional students complete their bachelor’s degrees. She currently consults to the Department of Public Health and serves as Chair for the Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women. She is the 2018 recipient of the YWCA Erskine Award in Education and is on the Advisory Board for the Clemente Course in the Humanities.