Ritual Abuse And Extreme Abuse Clinician’s Conference 2011

The conference was very successful this year. S.M.A.R.T. wants to thank all those that attended and participated in the conference, including the speakers, volunteers and those in the survivor community that helped us promote the conference.

This one day conference preceding our regular conference was open to licensed practitioners in related fields to discuss issues in working with clients suffering from ritual abuse and extreme abuse symptoms.  Students studying in related fields and retired licensed practitioners were also in attendance.

Internet conference information is available at: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/ritual-abuse-and-extreme-abuse-clinicians-conference-2011/

The conference was held on August 5, 2011 from 8 am until 5 pm at the DoubleTree near the Bradley International Airport, 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT.


Staci Sprout MSW, LICSW, CSAT specializes in empowering individuals who have survived complex traumas and are seeking support in moving forward toward their life visions. Her practice is particularly dedicated to those in recovery from sexual addiction, and she is a Nationally Certified Sex Addiction Therapist trained directly by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Staci graduated from the University of Washington in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Social Work degree in 1994, with a concentration in Health and Mental Health Treatment. She has worked in both private practice and agency settings as a psychotherapist and group facilitator over the past 14 years. She uses cognitive behavioral skill-building approaches combined with deep listening, validation, encouragement, and education about healing and recovery.  She is a trained provider of Lifespan Integration therapy, levels I and II, a gentle yet effective method for healing past traumas. Her topic is:  Sexual Health after Extreme Trauma:  Questions to Ask and Tools You Can Use

Lee Schwecke has been a psychiatric nursing educator for 42 years and a staff nurse in an inpatient psychiatric facility for 23 years, working with survivors of violence and trauma. She co-authored 5 editions of a psychiatric nursing textbook and is a contributor to the 6th edition. (Schwecke, LH. (2011). Survivors of violence and trauma, in NL Keltner, CE Bostrom, and TM McGuinness. (2011). Psychiatric Nursing (6th ed). St. Louis: Elsevier. She has published 2 editorials on the same topics in a national psychiatric nursing journal: Schwecke, LH. (2009). Childhood sexual abuse, PTSD, borderline personality personality: Understanding the connections. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 47(7), 4-6. and Schwecke, LH. (2011). Beyond childhood sexual abuse: Ritual abuse-torture and human trafficking. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 49(1), 8-10. Her topic is: Helping survivors of violence and trauma through education of nurses and mental health professionals.

Ginny Fouts, LPC, LMFT, is founder of Innovative Therapies LLC. Mrs. Fouts has worked in the mental health field for 30 years in a variety of settings.  She  has experience helping individuals, couples, adolescents and groups, along with a wide-range of training working with those who have experienced severe trauma.  Over the years she has seen counseling bring healing to many lives and relationships. Her topic is: Foundations of good DID Therapy

Conference Schedule – Friday, August 5

9:00 – 10:30 am – Ginny Fouts, LPC, LMFT – Foundations of Good DID Therapy
10:30 – 12:00 pm – Lee Schwecke –  Helping Survivors of Violence and Trauma Through Education of Nurses and Mental Health Professionals.
12:00 – 1:30 pm  Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 pm – Staci Sprout MSW, LICSW, CSAT – Sexual Health after Extreme Trauma:  Questions to Ask and Tools You Can Use
3:00 – 5:00 pm – Open Discussion on Trauma Recovery from Severe Abuse and Corresponding Clinical Considerations and Clinician Support, Networking and Supervision

S.M.A.R.T. – Copyright 2012 (Entire Pamphlet and conference name)
All rights reserved, no reproduction of any material without written permission from S.M.A.R.T.