Dr. Tara Samples is the Illinois Psychology Association (IPA) presenter for a one-day workshop on treating trauma-spectrum disorders in Bloomington, Illinois on April 24, 2015.
Dr. Samples is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lincoln Christian University. She teaches graduate classes for the Seminary (including traumatology), provides supervision of graduate students in field placement and internship, and is a clinical supervisor for Student Counseling and Consultation Centers at LCU and nearby Lincoln College.
Before coming to teach at LCU, Dr. Samples worked in inpatient and emergency mental health services. She completed her pre-doctoral practicum training at Grady Memorial through the Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Atlanta, her pre-doctoral internship at the Asheville, NC, VA Medical Center. Dr. Samples completed an MA and PhD in clinical psychology at Fielding University and her MA in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. She also worked as an adjunct professor of psychology at Point University (formerly Atlanta Christian College).
People with trauma histories are frequent consumers of mental health services across many treatment settings: hospital-based services, primary care, couple and family therapy, substance abuse treatment, and individual therapy. While the development and treatment of PTSD has garnered increasing attention in the clinical world, there is a wide spectrum of trauma related disorders. Dr. Samples’ goal in presenting this workshop will be to help other clinicians assess these disorders and provide treatment planning in light of evidence-informed practices for clients with a history of trauma.
For more information on the “Meeting the Needs of Trauma Survivors in Multiple Clincial Settings” IPA workshop, please visit www.illinoispsychology.org.