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Trauma Resolution Integration Program (TRIP)

Mission

Housed within Nova Southeastern University Psychology Services Center, the Trauma Resolution & Integration Program:

  1. Provides psychological services to individuals age 18 and over who are experiencing difficulties related to:

    • a history of child abuse and neglect
    • combat trauma, other war-related trauma
    • domestic violence, criminal physical assault
    • rape, military sexual trauma
    • natural disasters
    • political torture
    • community disasters
    • serious dissociative symptoms
    • problems with sexual addiction.
    • sexual and gender minority individuals who have experienced trauma(s)
  2. Offers doctoral level training in the psychological treatment of difficulties related to abuse, trauma, and dissociation
  3. Conducts ongoing research on abuse, trauma, and dissociation
  4. Provides workshops and trainings for professionals in the community on topics related to trauma and trauma treatment, dissociation, as well as vicarious traumatization

Trauma

Living through traumatic events – ones that involve witnessing first hand or facing the threat of sudden violent death, serious physical injury, or sexual violation – can lead to serious long-term difficulties, including:

  • reliving the traumatic event in the form of unwanted repeated recollections, vivid flashbacks, nightmares, or physiological reactions
  • avoidance of circumstances that act as reminders of the traumatic event
  • periodic or constant anxiety, anger, shame, guilt, etc.
  • difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, irritability
  • substance abuse
  • depression
  • difficulty in relationships

Dissociation

The term "dissociation" refers to a range of experiences that are common among survivors of trauma, although they can be caused by factors other than trauma as well. Examples of dissociation include:

  • "spacing" or blanking out, having difficulty sustaining awareness of or staying focused in the present;
  • extensive forgetting and significant gaps in memory;
  • not being able to account for significant periods of time in the recent past, ranging from minutes to hours to days;
  • not feeling real, not feeling "like oneself," feelings as if you are watching yourself from outside your body, feelings as if our surroundings are not real;
  • finding evidence of or being told by other people about having recently engaged in activities of which you have no recollection.

Sexual and Gender Minority Affirmative Care

Sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals encompass anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, non-binary, and/or questioning. SGM individuals are at increased rates for traumatization, victimization, suicide, and other adverse experiences and outcomes.

Each of the TRIP practicum students has received specialty training in the area of trauma and trauma-related disorders, dissociation, and affirmative care principles in working with the LGBTQ+ community. This includes training in both assessment and providing flexible, and creative treatment aimed at targeting often persistent difficulties.

TRIP provides the following services:

  • psychological assessment of dissociation and trauma-related difficulties
  • individual therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group
  • family therapy
  • couple’s therapy

Eligibility for Services
TRIP serves individuals living in Broward County, Florida. Individuals living elsewhere are eligible to make application for services.

Fees are assessed on the basis of the client's ability to pay and set on a sliding fee schedule.

Services are available to adults age 18 and above regardless of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, and sexual orientation.

Making an Appointment
Before being formally admitted for treatment at TRIP, each individual first receives an initial intake evaluation from which it is determined whether the services provided at TRIP are likely to be appropriate for and beneficial to her or him.

If it is determined that admission is appropriate, an initial treatment plan is formulated collaboratively between client and therapist on the basis of the intake evaluation.

In those cases where TRIP does not appear to be the most appropriate treatment facility, the staff will assist in identifying and referring to an appropriate service agency.

The coordinator is available to answer and return calls intermittently throughout the week at (954) 262-5851. For a more immediate response if interested in getting enrolled in the program, please contact the call center at (954) 262-5730.

Viehl, C., Ginicola, M., Ellis, A. E., & Charette, R. J. (in press). Understanding and responding to affectional and transgender prejudice and victimization. In L. Lopez Levers (Ed.), Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions for Managing Trauma, Stress, Crisis, and Disaster (2nd ed.). Springer Publishing Company.

Ellis. A. E. (2020). Providing trauma-informed affirmative care: Introduction to special issue on evidence-based relationship variables in working with affectional and gender minorities. Practice Innovations, 5(3), 179-188. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pri0000133

Ellis, A. E., Gold, S. N., Araujo, K., & **Quinones, M. (2019). Supervising trauma treatment: The Contextual Trauma Therapy model applied to supervision. Practice Innovations, 4(3), 166-181. https://doi.org/10.1037/pri00000095

Ellis, A. E., Simiola, V., Brown, L., Courtois, C., & Cook, J. M. (2018). The role of evidence-based therapy relationships on treatment outcome in adults with trauma: A systematic review. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 19(2), 185-213. doi: 10.1080/15299732.2017.1329771

Cook, J. M., Simiola, V., Ellis, A. E., & Thompson, R. (2017). Training in trauma psychology: A national survey of doctoral graduate programs. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 11(2), 108-114. https://doi.org/10.1037/tep0000150

Gold, S. N., & Ellis, A. E. (2017). Contextual treatment of complex trauma. In S. N. Gold (Ed.), APA Handbook of Trauma Psychology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Simiola, V., Martino, S., Ellis, A. E., & Cook, J. M. (2021, November). Working with sexual and gender minority male sexual abuse survivors: Training peers, mental health treatment trial, and preferences for next steps. Symposium accepted to be presented that the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, virtual event.

Reuther, B. T., **Darnell, L., Ross-Nash, Z., Meade, N., & Ellis, A. E. (2021, August). Existential and intersectional themes in trauma-informed affirmative care: Three case studies. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association, virtual event.

Carelli, O., & Ellis, A. E. (2021, April). Depersonalization/derealization disorder: Theory, treatment, and advocacy. [Web article]. Retrieved from https://societyforpsychotherapy.org/depersonalization-derealization-disorder-theory-treatment-and-advocacy/

Abbriano, K., & Ellis, A. E. (2020, December). Utilizing social support in treating complex trauma in sexual and gender minorities. [Web article]. Retrieved from https://societyforpsychotherapy.org/utilizing-social-support-in-treating-complex-trauma-in-sexual-and-gender-minorities/

Gold, S. N., Quinones, M., Ellis, A. E., & Reuther, B. (2020, August). A contextual approach to trauma treatment: Correspondence with emerging research on Complex PTSD. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association, virtual event.

Janvier, S., & Ellis, A. E. (2020, June). Actionable steps for therapists (and all human beings) in response to the racial pandemic. [Web article]. Retrieved from https://societyforpsychotherapy.org/actionable-steps-for-therapists-and-all-human-beings-in-response-to-the-racial-pandemic

Cook, J. M., & Ellis, A. E. (2020, April). The other #MeToo: Male sexual abuse survivors. Psychiatric Times. Retrieved from https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/other-me-too-male-sexual-abuse-survivors

Ellis, A. E. & Cook, J. M. (2020, March). Male survivors of sexual assault and abuse. [Podcast]. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-male-survivors-of-sexual-assault-and-abuse.

Ellis. A. E. (2020, February). Engaging male-identifying affectional and gender minority sexual trauma survivors in therapy. [Webinar]. Webinar presented for the American Counseling Association Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling Newsletter.

Ellis, A. E., & Cook, J. M. (2019, December). LGBTQ+ sexual trauma survivors: Motivational interviewing as an approach to clinical work. Trauma Psychology Newsletter, 14(3), 5-7. Retrieved from https://traumapsychnews.com/2019/12/lgbtq-sexual-trauma-survivors

Ellis, A. E., & Cook, J. M. (2019, November). Five things therapists can do when working with LGBTQ+ individuals. [Web article]. Retrieved from https://societyforpsychotherapy.org/five-things-therapists-can-do-when-working-with-lgbtq-individuals/

Ellis, A. E. (2019, November). Sexual and gender minorities and sexual abuse. [Podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.thedrvibeshow.com/the-dr-vibe-show-dr-amy-ellis-sexual-and-gender-minorities-and-sexual-abuse/

Cook, J. M., & Ellis, A. E. (2019, October). Helping sexual and gender minority male survivors heal from sexual trauma. [Web article]. Retrieved from http://davidsusman.com/2019/10/17/helping-sexual-and-gender-minority-male-survivors-heal-from-sexual-trauma/

Ellis, A. E., Reuther, B. T., & **Daly, N. (2019, August). Exploring the collaborative relationship and evidence-based relationship variables in a case session of Contextual Trauma Therapy. In Ellis, A. E. & Gold, S. N. (Chairs), Contextual Trauma Therapy for Clients with Complex Trauma: Skill-Building Using a Video Recording. With **Daly, N., Reuther, B. T., Ellis, A. E., & Brown, L. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Ellis, A. E. (2019, August). Predictors of receipt of mental health services in male survivors of sexual abuse. In I. Hogge (Chair), Male Survivors of Interpersonal Violence in Treatment: Research and Recommendations. With Komlenac, N., & Smiler, A. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Gold, S. N., Ellis, A. E., & **Quinones, M. (2019, March). A shift in perspective on complex PTSD: Treatment implications and case examples. Symposium presented at the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), New York, NY.

Ellis, A. E., **Daly, N., **Soto, T., **Yeturo, S., & Gold, S. N. (2019, February). Trauma-informed Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder. Symposium presented at the Healing Together Conference on D.I.D., Orlando, FL.

Ellis, A. E. (2018, August). Trauma treatment using a multicultural framework: Fostering connectedness and self-integration. In S. J. Moore & L. M. Ruglass (Chairs), Utilizing a Multicultural Framework in Trauma Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Ellis, A. E. (2018, June). The importance of the trauma consumer community driving research. [Video]. Retrieved from: https://www.apatraumadivision.org/770/male-survivors-research.html

Ellis, A. E. (2017, April). Let your voice have impact: Demystifying research. [Video]. Retrieved from: https://www.apatraumadivision.org/770/male-survivors-research.html

Amy E. Ellis, Ph.D., Director
amy.ellis@nova.edu

Bryan T. Reuther, Psy.D.,Clinical Supervisor
reuther@nova.edu

Kaitlin Forestieri, Clinic Coordinator
(954) 262-5851

Nicole Mantella, Research Coordinator

Clinical Staff Members:
  • Pinar Alemdar
  • Megan Dann
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Engeriser
  • Nicole Mantella
  • Zoe Rice
  • Claudia Rodriguez
  • Rooha Rowhani
  • Nicolette Sacket
  • Stephanie Sardinas
  • Vanessa Thomas
  • Gregory Watson
  • Edward Zacka

Clinical Hours: By appointment only 

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For more information or an appointment, please email trip@nova.edu or call (954) 262-5730.
Visit our website: www.nova.edu/trip

 

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