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Debra Warner

Dr. Debra Warner

Professor, Chicago School of Professional Psychology


Travels from California

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Bio

Dr. Debra Warner is a leading forensic psychologist, popular speaker, trauma expert, training professional and author. She addresses diverse topics including PTSD, multicultural therapeutic techniques, gang intervention, prison reform, human trafficking, violence against women, substance abuse, relationships and mental health. She currently is a Professor for the Los Angeles campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology, and a sought out expert witness, psychological evaluator, and consultant.

Dr. Warner is also a male trauma expert, spouse of a male survivor and author of His History, Her Story, a Survival Guide for Spouses of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma. She has devoted her professional efforts to helping men and their loved ones confront and conquer their long term effects of trauma on the male psyche. She frequently addresses issues related to the #Mentoo movement, and challenging masculinity stereotypes and dismantling stigmas related to male trauma, as well as creating trainings for law enforcement and attorneys related to mental health and the court system.

Dr. Warner completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University in Fresno, California. She received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City, and has served as an adjunct professor for several universities and as Lead Faculty for Chapman University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. Other professional assignments have included the Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Police Department, C.U.R.E.-A Better Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, the Department of Corrections and Regional Center, and the board of directors for The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV). Debra joined the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center’s Speakers Bureau in 2018.

Topics

Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Effects

The 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey estimates that as many as 1 in 5.4 males have experienced or will experience some form of sexual victimization in their lifetimes. While support services for male survivors are slowly becoming more available, very little support or information is available to help partners – spouses, parents, and other family members – understand the complexities of living with the survivor in their life. Often the perception is that sexual violence against males is uncommon. There is a profound need for more information for professionals and partners to understand the complex dynamics that can dramatically impact the relationships that male survivors share with others.

This session is a facilitated conversation during which participants will be encouraged to engage with concepts regarding the ways in which the sexual abuse of a male partner can dramatically alter the dynamics of an intimate partnership. The presenter is a spouse who is a survivor of childhood sexual. She also works with survivors with extensive trauma histories. The training will present unique dynamics of male sexual victimization and has facilitated many conversations on this subject matter. The material covered is appropriate for both professional and lay audiences.

Domestic Violence and Male Survivor Trauma

Male survivors of traumatic abuse often repeat the cycle. Explored will be intimacy, shame and family dynamic issues that affect relationships. Explored will be how domestic violence manifest. Both male and female survivors will be discussed. This workshop will assist participants in gaining knowledge, treatment interventions and resources.

A Trauma Informed Response to Disclosures of Abuse

Many survivors report that it is very difficult to find safe persons to whom they can feel comfortable disclosing their experiences of victimization. Women and girls are often asked what they did to make themselves more vulnerable. As many survivors of crime and abuse struggle to come to terms with their pain, they are all too often asked by the professionals they meet with: “What is wrong with you?” as opposed to “What was done to you?” This presentation will review some important concepts about trauma and the potential impact of trauma on the brains, bodies, and behaviors of survivors of abuse and trauma. The presenter will discuss trauma informed ways to respond to survivors both male and female. The material is appropriate for both professional and lay audiences.

Impact of Physical and Psychological Trauma

This presentation defines trauma and the various types. It also reviews the impact of physical and psychological trauma on individuals, families and society. Treatment challenges and interventions are discussed with case examples. Psychological theory is also interwoven to show different perspectives in regards to traumatic experiences and intervention techniques.

How to Support a Victim to being a Survivor

Many people who are traumatized where it is physical, sexually or emotionally struggle with the terminology of victimization. Many have difficulties disclosing due to the stigma that the terminology carries. It is important to assist a victim to become a survivor. This presentation will discuss Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques that can be used to assist with the healing process of empowering survivors. CBT will be defined. Case examples will be used to illustrate theory and literature.

Male Trauma and Society

One in ten experienced sexual assault, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. Before age 16, one in six boys experienced sexual abuse or trauma. Only 3.9% of sexual assault victims reported to the police. Stigmas, lack of resources, and a common disregard by law enforcement and the legal community, discourages many male survivors from seeking support. This can lead to social withdrawal, poor relationships and self-concept issues. Dr. Warner discusses male trauma with case examples, provides a solution based on societies current climate and provides resources. Question and answer session to follow.

Diversity

Many issues in the world today focus on differences. Many think that diversity is based on genotype. However true diversity is anything that makes one different. This talk will discuss and define the concepts of prejudice, power and oppression. The presenter will bring her knowledge of building diversity curriculum and programs to the workshop. It will provide inclusionary solutions that can be used in your workplace, home and social activities.

Correctional Leadership and Mental Health

Organizational leadership is a common issue in many institutions. Correctional leadership has a unique set of challenges that should be addressed. The presenter, in her experience in multiple levels of corrections and mental health, will discuss program reform, staff dynamics and team building. Examples will be given along with applicable interventions.

Diagnosing Childhood Disorders in Children

Childhood mental health diagnosing is an important task. Some mental health disorders do not manifest the same in children and adults. This workshop will discuss common disorders that manifest in children and how to identify specifiers related to the disorders. Techniques and diagnostic tools will be demonstrated and used to assist with content.

Diagnosing Childhood Trauma

Childhood mental health diagnosing is an important task. Some mental health disorders do not manifest the same in children and adults and trauma can make the task even more difficult. This workshop will discuss childhood trauma and common disorders that manifest in children. It will discuss how to avoid misdiagnosing trauma and how to identify specifiers related to childhood disorder. Techniques and diagnostic tools will be demonstrated and used to assist with content.

Forensics Evaluations and Assessments

Forensic evaluation and assessment is common in the court system. Evaluation and assessment can have many different meanings depending on the question to be answered. However, there are many aspects most evaluators do not examine when conducting a through psychological evaluation. This workshop will discuss forensic assessment, mental status and common questions to ask to complete a thorough report. It will discuss differences in evaluations based on gender and age. Case examples will be given. Focus will be given to court interruptions of results.

Crisis and Response Techniques

Crisis and the response to a crisis is critical to ensure client safety. This workshop will discuss informed crisis response and discuss ways to respond that will assist in client safety and rapport. Setting based examples will be given (i.e. workplace, therapeutic, corrections, academic and socially based). Crisis response techniques will be reviewed.

Crisis and Response Techniques with Children

Crisis and the response to a crisis is critical to ensure client safety. This workshop will discuss informed crisis response and discuss ways to respond that will assist in client safety and rapport with a child focus. Setting based examples will be given (i.e. therapeutic, corrections, academic and socially based). Crisis response techniques will be reviewed.

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