Digital Seminar

Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy: A Treatment Framework for Lasting Change

6 Hours 13 Minutes
Nov 19, 2020
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Hyper-aroused from a traumatic past, your client’s threat response sounds off stridently when there is little to no danger. It leaves them in a constant reactive state; feeling out of control and uncomfortable in their own skin.

But many traditional treatments fail to give clients the tools they need to face these challenges of the here-and-now, instead requiring a focus on past traumatic memories that can set off that threat response again and again. Instead of gaining control over their body’s reactions and lives, clients can deteriorate and lose hope.

The Forward-Facing Therapy Framework can help you to move clients forward so they can flourish in the present!

Forward Facing Therapy is a simple treatment protocol that gives you the skills and clinical tools you need to interrupt the involuntary physical and cognitive engagement of the threat response and restore their sense of safety, intentionality and hope! It can be used as a stand-alone or incorporated with other treatment methods you already use.

Eric Gentry, PhD, LMCH, DAAETS, trauma expert, trainer and author, has trained thousands of mental health professionals like you on how to make trauma treatment more effective. Join him as he shows you how to integrate this framework into your clinical practice so you can:

  • Quickly lessen clients distress and improve cognitive functioning
  • Reestablish their comfort in their bodies
  • Teach clients to self-regulate their own autonomic nervous system
  • Restore clients’ sense of safety, agency and hope

This is one training you don’t want to miss!

Bring the Forward-Facing framework into your trauma work and help clients find lasting healing and positive treatment outcomes!



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Compassion Unlimited

J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, DAAETS, FAAETS is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. His Ph.D. is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley--a pioneer of these two fields. In 1997, he co-developed the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) for Compassion Fatigue - the world's only evidence-based treatment protocol for compassion fatigue. In 1998, he introduced the Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training and Compassion Fatigue Prevention & Resiliency Training. These two trainings have demonstrated treatment effectiveness for the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and he published these effects in several journals. He has trained over 100,000 health professionals over the past 20 years.

Dr. Gentry was original faculty, curriculum designer and Associate Director of the Traumatology Institute at Florida State University. In 2001, he became the co-director and moved this institute to the University of South Florida where it became the International Traumatology Institute. In 2010, he began the International Association of Trauma Professionals - a training and cortication body-for which he was the vice president.

In 2005, Hogrefe and Huber published Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery-a critically acclaimed text on the treatment of traumatic stress for which Dr. Gentry is a co-author. The Second Edition was released in 2010 and the Third Edition in 2015. He is also the author of the groundbreaking Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy: Healing the Moral Wound. He is the co-author of Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience: Resolution and Prevention of Burnout, Toxic Stress and Compassion Fatigue, Unlocking the Keys to Human Resilience, and Transformative Care: A Trauma-Focused Approach to Caregiving. These books provide a new vision for trauma therapy in the 21st Century. He has written numerous chapters, papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Dr. Gentry is a Master Traumatologist with over 35 years of clinical experience with trauma, Complex PTSD, Personality disorders, and dissociation.

He is the President and CEO of The Forward-Facing® Institute and owner of Compassion Unlimited -- a private psychotherapy, training, and consulting practice-in Phoenix, AZ.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. J. Eric Gentry is the owner and President of Forward-Facing Institute, LLC. and the CEO of Compassion Unlimited. He is an adjunct professor at the Florida Center for Theological Studies, Argosy University, and Webster University. Dr. Gentry is a consultant and receives compensation. He is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. J. Eric Gentry is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and others. For a complete list, please contact

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  1. Demonstrate the common elements for treating post-traumatic stress advocated as best practice for treatment of PTSD by recent research.
  2. Construct your own “documents of intention” (i.e., Covenant and Code of Honor) as a foundation for accelerating clinical practice and therapeutic relationshippositive outcomes.
  3. Assess the specific process and components of this treatment model to identify when and for which clients this method is an appropriate treatment application.
  4. Employ a staged common elements approach to common evidence-based techniques for treating survivors of trauma.
  5. Utilize specific evidence-based treatment tasks within each of the dynamic elements of treatment that resolve symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
  6. Practice skills for self-regulation for both clinician and client to use during therapy.


Trauma & Traumatic Stress: What Every Therapist Needs to Know
  • The myth of stress
  • How stress affects the mind and body
  • Neurocience of traumatic stress
  • Causes Trauma & Traumatic Stress
  • What Heals Trauma & Traumatic Stress
  • Understand the research
  • Limitations and potential risks
Essential Elements of Trauma Treatment: The Ground Work for Successful Trauma Treatment
  • “Active Ingredients” for Effective Trauma Treatment
    • A good therapeutic relationship
    • Self-regulation/relaxation technology
    • Safe exposure
    • Cognitive restructuring/psychoeducation
Assessment & Staged Treatment Approach for Trauma: Integrating an Empowerment & Resilience Treatment Structure
  • Preparation & Relationship
    • Positive Expectancy
    • Feedback Informed Treatment
  • Skills Building and Cognitive Restructuring
    • Tools for Hope (An “Owner’s Manual” for the ANS)
    • Self-Regulation: Neuroception & Interoception
    • Skills for Self-regulation
  • Desensitization & Integration
    • In vivo vs. Imaginal Exposure
    • Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy & In vivo Exposure
  • Posttraumatic Growth & Resilience
    • Intentionality
    • Construct “Documents of Intention”
    • Healing the Moral Wound

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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