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Trauma and Suicide Prevention Clinic (TSPC)

The EKU Psychology Clinic also houses the Trauma and Suicide Prevention Clinic (TSPC). The TSPC offers a wide range of outpatient psychological services that focuses on the assessment and treatment of trauma and/or suicide.

Our goal is to provide innovative behavioral health care to address mental health needs of individuals and families who are impacted by traumatic life experiences. We are committed to creating a trauma-informed environment that respects culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, and socio-economic status. We emphasize skill-building and acquisition.

The TSPC also provides consultations, trainings, and educational presentations for professionals and other organizations in the Commonwealth. More information about these presentations can be found bellow.

Services Provided Through the TSPC

The TSPC is open to EKU students, faculty, and staff as well as children, adolescents, adults, couples, families in the community and any individual/s who have experienced trauma and/or may be at risk for suicide. Therapy and assessment services include, but are not limited to:

  • Telepsychology services
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Sexual assault
  • Violence
  • Traumatic childhood experience
  • Psychological challenges associated with military service
  • Natural disaster
  • Therapy, processing, and support groups
  • Grief and bereavement
Therapy session

Treatments provided are empirically supported and guided by licensed psychologist with specialized training in the treatment of trauma and suicide. Treatments provided include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
  • Prolonged Exposure (PE)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness

Outreach Presentations

Presentations typically cover the signs, impact, and treatments to different populations impacted by traumatic events or suicide. Examples of past presentations include:

  • The Impacts of Trauma on the Developing Child
  • An Overview of Trauma
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Suicide Prevention and Awareness
  • The Connection Between the Mind and Body
The TSPC can also provide specialized presentations based on the interests of your group\agency.  Here are some presentations that have been done by the TSPC:
 
  • Culturally Sensitive Trauma Informed Care and Resilience Building Practices with Hispanic and Latino/a/e/x Communities
  • Trauma Informed Care and Suicide Prevention in the African American/Black Communities

To schedule or inquire about an outreach presentation please contact the TSPC cordinator Shelby Meadows at shelby_strong7@mymail.eku.edu.

*Other presentation topics and information is available upon request.
*Presenters are mandated reporters by state law. Any disclosure of risk of harm or abuse to children, elderly, or disabled populations may require presenters to make a report.

The Difference Between the Psychology Clinic and the TSPC

The TSPC provides specialized assessment and treatment focused on trauma and/or suicide. The application process and the location you will receive services is the same as the EKU Psychology Clinic. Information about the location, cost, and how to apply can be found on the EKU Psychology Clinic home page.

Gatekeeper Trainings

The Trauma and Suicide Prevention Clinic (TSPC) at Eastern Kentucky University has developed an outreach program that is offering skills workshops and educational presentations to schools, churches, businesses and other organizations within the state of Kentucky. 

Skills Workshops vs. Educational Presentations

Skills Workshops:

 A skills workshop will consist of certified trainers working alongside participants and teaching them the the skills needed to identify and assist someone struggling with trauma or suicide. This training will be interactive and will consist of participants learning skills that they will be able 

T.I.C. – Trama Informed Care

This training educates participants on how to develop an organizational framework that helps individuals understand, recognize, and respond to the effects of trauma. Participants are taught how to create a safe space for addressing the effects of trauma on personnel and the organization. 

Q.P.R. – Question, Persuade, Refer

In this training, people learn to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to seek help. 

Educational Presentations:

 A educational presentation can be tailored to the population it is presented to. It will include information regarding The EKU Psychology Clinic and the TSPC, the services we offer, and educational information on trauma and suicide. It may also include information on how to assist someone who may be struggling with trauma and/or suicide. 

The educational presentations we offer can be tailored to any audience, including students, school faculty, first responders, or individuals within the community. This presentation will include information on the EKU Psychology Clinic, the Trauma and Suicide Prevention Clinic as well as educational information on trauma and suicide. These presentations may also include any additional information that the audience may need or want to become more informed about. Examples of past presentations include ‚ÄúHealthy Relationships for Teens‚Äú, ‚ÄúA Parents‚Äė Guide to Talking about Suicide‚Äú, and ‚ÄúHelping to Better Manage Stress in College: A Mindfulness-Based Approach‚Äú¬†

A.S.I.S.T. РApplied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. This workshop can be taught to individuals 16+. 

 If you would like to discuss scheduling a training or presentation with us please contact our clinic or our TSPC Coordinator. With us, please contact our clinic or our TSPC Coordinator for more information. 

EKU Psychology Clinic


521 Lancaster Avenue
Rowlett Building 104
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-2356
Fax: 859-622-4057
Email: Karyn.Brandenburg@eku.edu

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