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Brooklyn, NY - What (Not) to do When Someone is Struggling with Post-traumatic Stress


Complimentary dinner & presentation hosted by Nancy Hilsenrath, Treatment Placement Specialists®, with STEPS and Helping Hands Psychotherapy

Presented by: Valentina Stoycheva


Date:  Monday, September 16, 2019

Dinner & Presentation:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Wolf & Lamb Restaurant
1635 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(kosher and vegan food available)

1.5 OASAS Contact Hours 

This course is designed to help clinicians and other professionals who work with all individuals touched by Post-traumatic Stress. Attendees will:

  • Present relevant statistics about PTSD, including prevalence and comorbidity
  • Cover symptoms and symptom clusters of PTSD, as outlined by the DSM5, as well as some prominent reactions to trauma in children
  • Explore stages of family members' reactions to PTS
  • Outline the most common reactions to caring for someone with PTS
  • Provide suggestions for coping and growth when someone in the family is contending with PTS


Dr. Valentina Stoycheva- Co-Founder and Director of STEPS ​(Stress & Trauma Evaluation and Psychological Services)

Dr. Valentina Stoycheva received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in military and trauma psychology at the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Personnel and their Families, Northwell Health. She has received training in utilizing empirically-based treatments (EBTs) for trauma, depression, and anxiety disorders, as well as couples/family psychotherapy, and TraumaFocused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (TF-CBT) for children.

Dr. Stoycheva has worked extensively within the field of trauma—ranging from early childhood abuse to domestic violence, to surviving natural disasters and war-related trauma—as well as with anxiety and panic disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. The scope of her experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and families, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her approach is integrative, blending psychodynamic, relational, cognitivebehavioral, and dialectical-behavioral techniques, tailored individually for each client.

Dr. Stoycheva has also held a two-year Research Fellowship at the Pacella Parent-Child Center, New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate-level college courses and has contributed over a dozen publications and presentations in the fields of trauma, family dynamics, and the psychotherapy process. She has recently coauthored a book on unconscious processes, to be published by the Guilford Press.


**Helping Hands Psychotherapy, LCSW, PC 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-0567.


RSVP Information:
This is a free event, but an RSVP is required by completing the form below.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Hilsenrath at Nancy.Hilsenrath@acadiahealthcare.com  or call/text (516) 316-7657. It is requested that guests honor all RSVPs or provide adequate notice of cancellation prior to the event.

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