Workshop 12: KIM PINKSTON

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“Trauma Sensitive Care”

The workshop will look at why understanding trauma is so vitally important to the substance use treatment field. The physiology of trauma will be explored to help participants gain an understanding of the effects a traumatic experience can have on the brain and the function of the nervous system. Participants will engage in several activities designed to assist in making connections with these clients and increasing coping for them when faced with perceived threats


Kim Pinkston, MA, LCPC, CADC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA is a Training Supervisor for Abraxas Interventions and has been working in the addictions field for twenty-one years specializing in dance/movement therapy and other creative expressive therapies. Her experiences include supervising students and staff on clinical skills, and training students and staff on skills necessary to be successful with their clients. Ms. Pinkston has provided training on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy with Addictions Populations, Trauma Sensitive Care, Counseling Skills, ART (Aggression Replacement Training) and CISP (Crisis Intervention Suicide Prevention). She has presented at the Illinois Certification Board and IBHA conferences. She has also been a guest speaker at Western Michigan University, Columbia College Chicago, and South Suburban College.