Trauma Education Essentials

Introducing Trauma Education Essentials

Introducing Trauma Education Essentials


Education for Health Professionals on Psychological Trauma and Trauma-informed care

Welcome! Trauma Education Essentials offers educational webinars for mental health professionals, and other health care providers, working with people who have experienced psychological trauma. We feature international experts in the field of trauma who cover a diverse array of clinically relevant topics, all delivered in a dynamic and interactive online format. Each live webinar features a question & answer period where questions from our attendees are answered by the presenter.  CE credits available. We look forward to meeting you at one of our webinars!

– Colin A. Ross, MD  &  Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC


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Upcoming Live Webinar

Trauma, Eating Disorders & Nutrition

August 20, 2018: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

 Ralph Carson, PhD

Ralph Carson, PhD

Ralph Carson
, PhD

Ralph Carson  is the Vice President of Science and Innovation for the Eating Recovery Center’s BETR Program for loss of control eating in Chicago, IL. See full bio here.

 Dr. Colin Ross

Dr. Colin Ross

Colin A. Ross, MD

Dr. Colin Ross is the Director of hospital-based Trauma Programs in Denton, Texas, Torrance, California and Grand Rapids, Michigan.  See full bio here. 

What is this webinar about? 
In the first half, Ralph Carson, PhD, will give a talk titled, 'Trauma and Nutrition'. Much like how nutrition and strength training are interdependent while building muscles, what we eat has a significant influence on how the brain heals during recovery from trauma. The brain only has so much reserve. The combination of abuse and neglect (trauma and poor eating habits) takes an even further toll on mental function. Fortunately, the brain is malleable and with proper nutrients: nerves are regenerated, proper circuitry is restored, neurotransmitters are replaced and optimal brain functioning is possible. New research has revealed how to design a food plan that maximizes the healing of the brain and expedites recovery.

In the second half of this webinar Colin Ross, MD, will give a talk titled, 'Sexual Trauma and Eating Disorders'. He will explain the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and eating disorders and will briefly review the genetics of eating disorders: the published data prove that genetics play a small role in eating disorders. Most of the talk will be clinical with anonymized case examples. Dr. Ross will describe how sexual trauma can result in many different eating problems including anorexia, bulimia and obesity. The same behaviors can occur in people with no history of sexual abuse, but if there has been sexual abuse it needs to be addressed in treatment. Unresolved conflicts and feelings from the sexual abuse are part of what drives the eating disorder.

Why Should I Attend This Webinar?
Sexual abuse, eating disorders and poor diet and nutrition are often intertwined with each other. This webinar will help attendees understand these relationships and plan treatment that takes them into account. You can submit questions throughout the live webinar for the presenters to answer during their Q&A sessions. 


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. List ten key nutrients to include when designing a personal diet for brain recovery.

  2. Discuss what foods to avoid or minimize to prevent further brain deterioration and malfunctioning.

  3. Explain why antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of fruits and vegetables preserve brain    functioning.

  4. Interpret how dehydration, restriction and lack of variety inhibit the recovery of optimal mental functioning.

  5. Describe the relative roles of genes and environment in eating disorders.

  6. Describe the role of childhood sexual abuse in eating disorders and some treatment strategies for it.

Registration Fees

  • Regular Registration $69 USD
  • Emerging Professionals $49 USD
  • Students $39 USD
  • 3 CE credits for 3 hour live webinars (APA, NBCC) available at checkout for an additional $10 USD.
  • Click here for more info on CE credits
  • All courses are intermediate level unless otherwise specified
  • Registration for the live webinar, includes access to the recorded webinar as well.  

I envision these webinars as a place for learning and growth, as well as a meeting place for community-building and inspiration.
— Dr. Dana Ross