MAY 17 2024 | 9am - 5pm

The Journey from Trauma to Triumph with the Queer Community

Join us on May 17 at 9am - 5pm for an immersive workshop that goes beyond theory, providing practical skills you can implement immediately.


Explore the Depths of LGBTQ+ Mental Health

In this exclusive workshop, we delve into the intricate connection between trauma and mental health within the LGBTQ+ community. Our mission is to empower you with insights, tools, and strategies to create a supportive and trauma-informed environment for your LGBTQ+ clients.

What You'll Learn:

  • Understanding Trauma and Mental Health: Uncover the profound relationship between trauma and mental health in the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Building Strong Foundations: Gain tips to build rapport and understand intersectionality to assess treatment needs effectively.
  • Creating Effective Treatment Plans: Learn how to collaboratively establish treatment plans and interventions that resonate with LGBTQ+ clients.
  • Navigating Minority Stress: Explore how traumatic and minority stress uniquely impact the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Celebrating Diversity: Discover the rich resources, resilience, and diversity within the LGBTQ+ community.
  • The Science Behind Trauma: Understand how the brain, body chemistry, and the polyvagal system are affected by traumatic events.
  • Effective Communication: Acquire tips to explain the effects of trauma to clients and normalize their experiences.

Seize the opportunity to make a lasting impact in your practice. Embrace diversity, build inclusivity, and transform your approach to LGBTQ+ mental health.

Our goal is to equip and empower you to create an accepting and trauma-informed environment that fosters successful engagement and harmony with LGBTQ+ clients.

Earn Continuing Education Credits!

Participants will receive 7 Continuing Education Credits upon completion of the workshop. Enhance your professional development while gaining valuable skills in LGBTQ+ mental health.

This training is co-sponsored by the MSW Program at Pennsylvania Western University of PA. The MSW Program has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for licensed Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. 

EMDRIA Credits

EMDRIA Credits: 6.5
EC Program Approval Number: #18018-3

Course Curriculum

William Koehler

Will Koehler PhD, LCSW (pronouns: he/they) is founder of Disco Sock Productions, LLC., author of memoir - Dragons & Disco Socks (2021), co-owner of the counseling practice Journey to a Trauma Informed Life, LLC and Executive Director of Journey: Healing Together.

His areas of expertise include trauma-informed, culturally competent treatment of traumatic stress and dissociative disorders, mental health concerns among LGBTQ+ individuals, children exposed to violence and abuse, and those living with HIV.

Since 2009, he has served the NW PA region as a Clinical Social Worker by empowering LGBTQ+ youth and adults with evidence-based, trauma-focused outpatient counseling. He currently provides training, supervision, and consulting services in the areas of LGBTQ+ competency, trauma-informed practices, and is an EMDRIA-approved Consultant. Koehler founded Disco Sock Productions in honor of his grandmother who encouraged him to share his light with everyone without prejudice. Hence, DSP is an online coaching, consulting, and training platform to help illuminate the darkness cause by trauma.

For more information you can connect with him at: , email him at or find him on Facebook:, or LinkedIn: WillKoehlerLCSW His work is also Psychology Today.

Kriss Jarecki

Kriss has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1987. She is a consultant and trainer for Progressive Counting and EMDR and an advanced training provider. Kriss currently serves on the EMDR International Association Board of Directors and was a member of the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee for four years. She served as a co-regional coordinator for the WNY EMDR Regional Network for 10 years, worked for 7 years as a field instructor for the UB School of Social Work and has over ten years’ experience as a clinician and supervisor in the field of chemical dependency. Kriss currently has a private practice serving teens through adults and treats challenges such as PTSD, self-injurious behaviors, depression, anxiety, phobias, and adjustment issues. She has published articles in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Traumatology and Counseling and Psychotherapy Research. Kriss developed a course on trauma and shame and a course on trauma and disabilities for the University of Buffalo School of Social Work. She also provides several trauma related trainings such as Integrating Neuroscientific Interventions in Trauma Treatment, A Tour of Trauma Sensitive Techniques for the EMDR Practitioner, IFS Meets EMDR and Journey of the LGBTQ+ Community from Trauma to Triumph. Kriss presented “From Trauma to Triumph: Journey to Resiliency in the Community of Those with a Disability at the EMDR Canada 2022 and 2023 conferences and the EMDR International Association 2022 conference. Her book, Say That Again: A Smorgasbord of Suggestions, Sayings and Scripts for the EMDR Practitioner can be viewed and purchased at BookBaby: and on Amazon . Go to for training details, interesting information and consultation opportunities.

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  • Course + Continuing Education Credits
  • $227 USD

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"Kriss and Will make this challenging subject approachable. They answered all of our questions and presented with knowledge and kindness."
“Loved the information on the brain. It explained and normalized many things clients experience and I can’t wait to share with mine.”
“This was a great training if you had no prior information on trauma, how it is processed and how it can be treated. I appreciated all of the terminology that was presented, as much of it I had never utilized before.”
“Trauma info and queer community was well integrated. Pieces were separated, but then very effectively connected. The presenters were professional, provided education, but also approached training from a trauma approach in their delivery of information.”
“It was overall very good. It explained a lot about trauma and how it affects our bodies which is a big concept professionals are still grasping. I liked that there were interactive parts which broke up looking at the screen the whole time. Just overall very informative."
“I appreciated the visuals and case examples. Appreciated the simplicity of how complex material was explained. Small group discussions were good. Applicable to my practice.”
“I enjoyed the conference and found the speakers engaging and the subject matter interesting and informative.”
“The introductions at the beginning were helpful for grounding. I liked the breathing exercises in between segments.”
“Will and Kriss packed a variety of information and provided opportunities for meaningful discussion."