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Navigating Trauma: GUARD System Techniques for Addressing Symptoms from Antisemitism and Prolonged Stress

CE Hours 3 1 Cultural Competency

About this live event

This course offers an in-depth exploration of trauma, focusing on the different types and their distinct impacts on individuals. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the nature of active trauma, particularly within the context of the Jewish community during the current rise in antisemitism. Participants will gain insights into how traumatic events are affecting Jewish clients; both vicariously and directly. The course will delve into the psychological and emotional processes involved in experiencing trauma and how it can impact identity without proper intervention. A significant portion of the course will be dedicated to the concept of resilience, an essential component in the healing process. Participants will learn about the factors that contribute to building resilience in clients facing trauma, with practical approaches to support their development. This includes recognizing and nurturing clients' inherent strengths and helping them build new coping mechanisms. The course will present evidence-based strategies to foster resilience, offering mental health professionals valuable tools to enhance their therapeutic practices. Practical skills are a core focus of this course. Attendees will develop assessment skills to accurately identify and evaluate the impact of trauma on their clients. Strategies for active listening will be covered to improve communication and create a safe therapeutic environment. Additionally, the course will provide training on delivering psychoeducation, helping clients understand their experiences and empowering them with knowledge. Grounding exercises, which are vital in managing trauma symptoms and promoting stability, will be thoroughly discussed and practiced. By the end of this course, mental health professionals will be equipped with a robust toolkit to support clients experiencing active trauma.. This course is designed to enhance the competency and confidence of practitioners, enabling them to provide compassionate and informed care to those in need. The complication lies in that we can not establish permanent safety; but in how to still build client resilience to ensure better outcomes. Handout Included. Recording: This class will be recorded and made available within 2 hours after the live lecture. Recordings are available for 90 days after the class.

Learning Objectives

  • identify and differentiate various types of trauma, including historical, intergenerational, and active trauma, with a particular focus on the current experiences of the Jewish community during the rise in antisemitism.
  • assess and evaluate the impact of trauma on clients, utilizing evidence-based assessment tools and techniques to accurately gauge the severity and specific effects of traumatic experiences.
  • apply practical therapeutic strategies, including active listening, psychoeducation, and grounding exercises, to support clients in managing and mitigating trauma symptoms effectively.
  • describe the concept of resilience and its importance in trauma recovery, gaining the ability to foster resilience in clients through targeted interventions and the promotion of coping mechanisms and strengths-based approaches.
  • Practice cultural awareness, humility, and sensitivity within the clinical experience.

Learning Levels

  • Intermediate, all levels welcome

Target Audience

All mental health professionals welcome.


No CEs awarded for breaks.

**12:00 PM - 12:05 PM**

- Introduction to Topic (5 minutes)

**12:05 PM - 12:15 PM**

- Introduction to Trauma and Our Own Bias (10 minutes)

**12:15 PM - 12:25 PM**

- Effects of Trauma and Trauma Responses (10 minutes)

**12:25 PM - 12:35 PM**

- Effects of Trauma on Identity (10 minutes)

**12:35 PM - 12:40 PM**

- Examples of Active Trauma (with a focus on Jewish Clientele, applicable to all clients) (5 minutes)

**12:40 PM - 12:50 PM**

- Current Situation of Antisemitism and Its Impact on Identity Destabilization (10 minutes)

**12:50 PM - 12:55 PM**

- Introduction to the GUARD SYSTEM (5 minutes)

**12:55 PM - 1:05 PM**

- "G" - Gratitude and G Factor (10 minutes)

**1:05 PM - 1:10 PM**

- Introduce "U" - Unplug to Understanding (5 minutes)

**1:10 PM - 1:20 PM**

- Understanding Our Role as Helper in Active Trauma (10 minutes)

**1:20 PM - 1:35 PM**

- Break (15 minutes)

**1:35 PM - 1:45 PM**

- Countertransference Bias and Limbic Countertransference (10 minutes)

**1:45 PM - 1:55 PM**

- Understanding Clients' Point of View

  - Check-in Clients' Basic Needs and What to Look Out For

  - Active Listening Skills (10 minutes)

**1:55 PM - 2:00 PM**

- Intro to "A" - Attitude to Actions (5 minutes)

**2:00 PM - 2:10 PM**

- Acceptance and Attitude (10 minutes)

**2:10 PM - 2:20 PM**

- CBT Critical Brief Interventions (10 minutes)

**2:20 PM - 2:30 PM**

- Breakout Groups for Case Studies (10 minutes)

**2:30 PM - 2:35 PM**

- "R" - Reset to Reconnect

  - Understanding Why Grounding Exercises Are Important (5 minutes)

**2:35 PM - 2:45 PM**

- Review at Least 2 Particular Grounding Exercises (10 minutes)

**2:45 PM - 2:55 PM**

- Breakout Groups to Practice in Small Groups (10 minutes)

**2:55 PM - 3:05 PM**

- Q&A of Interventions Thus Far (10 minutes)

**3:05 PM - 3:10 PM**

- "D" - Define and Dedication: Viktor Frankl: Making Meaning (5 minutes)

**3:10 PM - 3:15 PM**

- Dedication to Action Plan of Self-Care and Support and Conclusion and Final Q&A 

Live event Instructor(s)

  • Malka Shaw, LCSW

    Malka's extensive experience and expertise in the field of mental health for the past 25 years make her a highly qualified professional with a diverse skill set. Her journey from working in various agency and non-profit settings to running a successful private practice showcases her adaptability and capability to address a wide range of mental health concerns.

    Her specialization in women's issues, particularly in maternal wellness, anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, and EMDR, reflects a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding these areas. Her ability to work with individuals and couples while focusing on life transitions demonstrates a holistic approach to mental health care.

    Malka's involvement in trauma therapy, beginning with her work during 9/11, speaks volumes about her resilience, commitment, and the breadth of her experience in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her work with the Red Cross and FEMA, offering clinical debriefing to essential workers during such a pivotal moment in history, highlights her dedication to supporting and aiding those impacted by traumatic events. Moreover, her role in clinical supervision for the past 15 years underscores her commitment to not only treating clients but also guiding and mentoring other mental health professionals, thereby contributing to the growth of the field.

    Overall, Malka's rich and varied experience, combined with her dedication to ongoing learning and education, positions her as a highly respected and capable Licensed Clinical Social Worker, offering comprehensive mental health care to her clients while contributing significantly to the mental health community through her supervision and trauma-focused work.


Erena DiGonis and planners have no financial disclosures or commercial bias or promote commercial interests during CE activities.

CE Process Info

Each professional is responsible for the individual requirements as stipulated by his/her licensing agency. Please contact your individual licensing board/regulatory agency to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Please note: You must attend "live" (in real-time) to earn CE credits.

Before the event, you will receive an email from CE-Go with access to the virtual event. After the event, you will receive access to your evaluation and continuing education certificate via a personalized "attendee dashboard" link, hosted on the CE-Go website. This link and access to the virtual event will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event.

Upon accessing the CE-Go "attendee dashboard", you will be able to:

  • Complete evaluation forms for the event
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go platform, please contact CE-Go at 888-498-5578 or by email at support@ce-go.com Please Note: Emails for this event will come from "support@ce-go.com".

If you have any continuing education related questions, please contact your event organizer.

Please make sure to check your spam/junk folder in case those emails get "stuck". We'd also suggest "Allowlisting" support@ce-go.com. This tells your email client that you know this sender and trust them, which will keep emails from this contact at the top of your inbox and out of the junk folder.

CE Approvals

  • New York State Education Department's State Board for SW (NYSW)

    EngagedMinds Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0676.

  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

    EngagedMinds Continuing Education, #1858, formerly Erena DiGonis, LCSW, PLLC, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 8/25/2023 – 8/25/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credits.

  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

    EngagedMinds Continuing Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7455. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EngagedMinds Continuing Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • New York State Education Department's State Board for LMHC (NYS LMHC)

    EngagedMinds Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0284.

  • New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners (NYS LMFT)

    EngagedMinds Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0117.

New Business Name

Please note: EngagedMinds Continuing Education is Formerly Erena DiGonis, LCSW, PLLC.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Please note: All refund requests will be honored if they are made within 24 hours prior to the course less a $10 processing fee. There are no refunds for participants who “no show.”

Disability Accommodation

ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law; please indicate your special needs upon registering at least 30 days prior to the event by sending an email to support@ce-go.com or by calling us at 888 498 5578. 

CE Credit Questions

ASWB ACE credit is only offered for Live, Online (synchronous distance learning) training.

ASWB ACE credit is NOT approved for self-study courses.

ASWB ACE credit is approved for the United States and Canada.*

Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces accept courses approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences will accept courses approved by ASWB and NBCC, please see website:


*New Jersey regulations state the following regarding acceptable sources of continuing education for Social Workers: "Attendance at programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states: one credit for each hour of attendance." This information can be found at the https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/regulations/Chapter-44G-State-Board-of-Social-Work-Examiners.pdf

Many State Boards accept ASWB ACE credit for Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Addiction Professionals. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state board to verify continuing education requirements for their state.

Technology *

1. This virtual event will be hosted via Zoom Meeting, and you may be prompted to download or upgrade your Zoom app if using a mobile device. A strong WiFi connection will be required for best quality.

2. We recommend clicking your "Join Webinar" button early and checking that your speakers are on, and camera and microphone are working, before the event begins.

3. Please respect that no copying, recording, or distribution of live session content is allowed. CE's are provided for the "live" sessions only. CE's will not be available for the recordings.

Where can I find my Attendee Dashboard link?

Upon registering, you should receive an email from support@ce-go.com with a link to access your Attendee Dashboard. If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder. If you still cannot locate the email, you may retrieve your Attendee Dashboard link by clicking HERE



We want to hear your concerns 
Please contact Erena DiGonis, LCSW-R via email and a response to your concerns will be provided within five business days. Please click here for complete Grievance Policy

Navigating Trauma: GUARD System Techniques for Addressing Symptoms from Antisemitism and Prolonged Stress
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