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An Approach to Navigating Early Life Trauma

Mar 23, 2022 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
This webinar will provide members with lessons learned over 40 years of working with adolescents, as well as with adults who may seem stuck in their adolescence or younger. Dr. Janice Stevenson will share tips on how to connect with adolescent clients and/or clients who have experienced trauma in their youth, guiding members to learn how to use their inner adolescent as a model to working with the adolescent in front of them or still living in the adult client in front of them. 

Learning Objectives:

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Expand their perspective on working with adolescents to incorporate the age during which the behavior the teen is exhibiting is normal and naturally occurring.
  2. Increase their understanding of the impact of distinct types of traumas on the normal and naturally occurring behavior of the teen.
  3. Discuss the cooperation between the environment in which the teen is living and the belief system the teen is developing.
  4. Identify parallels between the teen with whom they are working and the teen who lives within themselves.

Janice Stevenson Bio:

Janice E. Stevenson, Ph.D., has been a licensed psychologist in Maryland since 1984. She received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park. She has been in private practice since 1984, first in Baltimore city with Dr. Beatrice Denefield and Dr. Maxie Collier (1984-1993), from 1993 to 2011 in Columbia Maryland, and currently in Elkridge, Maryland since 2011 (Stevenson Psychological Associates LLC).

She has worked at the Walter P. Carter MH- MR Center, Pressley Ridge Schools Treatment Foster Care Program, and Kennedy Krieger Family Center. She worked for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a Regional Coordinator for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard, Harford, Anne Arundel, and Carroll Counties. She was Director for Child and Adolescent Services for the State of Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration from 1987 – 1992). As the representative from the Mental Hygiene Administration, she was part of a multi-agency consortium that oversaw the revamp and creation of a multi-agency, multi-level child service system of care. The services included the creation of 24 Local and 1 State Coordinating Councils, the State Office of Children, Youth, and Families, therapeutic nurseries, treatment foster care programs, therapeutic group homes, child inpatient units, and secure adolescent residential treatment centers across the state of Maryland.

She is an adjunct professor at Goucher College Master’s Education Program. She has been and is a consultant to national and local talk and news shows, having had her own radio talk show at Morgan University. She has had numerous appearances on 48 Hours, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Montel Williams Show, the Maury Povich Show, and the Sally Jesse Raphael Show. She is and has been a psychological consultant and trainer for numerous treatment foster care programs across the country.

She is a consultant to Public Defender offices across the country, participating in mitigation evaluations for adolescents and young adults facing capital charges. She has been a consultant at Kennedy Krieger Treatment Foster Care Program and Annie B. Casey Maryland Family Services. She is a consultant at Pressley Ridge Mother Baby Treatment Foster Care Program. She was Clinical Director for the Center for Emotional and Social Health (an OMHC) at Total Health Care, Inc. (an FQHC) in Baltimore, Maryland where she oversaw the clinical work of twenty-six licensed therapists and five psychiatrists. Dr. Stevenson was Vice President of Integrated Behavioral Health Services where she oversaw the mental health, substance abuse, and infectious disease programs. Currently, Dr. Stevenson is President of Stevenson Psychological Associates LLC, a trauma-focused private practice in Elkridge, Maryland.


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March 23, 2022
11:00 am - 12:15 pm PDT
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