Preferred Name

Ashley Ahlers

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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Lennis Echterling

Kelly Atwood

Eric Cowan


This project will explore the impact of trauma on the body and mind of an individual, as well as offer alternative approaches to treatment that mental health professionals can integrate into their work with clients. The experience of one or multiple traumatic events can lead to devastating psychological and physiological impairment in a person, and the complexity of trauma can make the symptoms difficult to treat. Many clinicians have found that using traditional approaches as their sole method of treatment may not be enough to create long-lasting, sustainable change. Integrating treatment approaches that address mind, body, and spirit has proven to be beneficial for trauma survivors. Research on the effects of trauma will be reviewed, as well as descriptions of alternative approaches that can be integrated into a holistic, well-rounded treatment plan. Finally, recommendations for professionals working with trauma are offered.

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Counseling Commons



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