Intersection of Trauma and Disability

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
CEUs: $50.00
No CEUs: $25.00
3.0 CEUs available for:

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)

  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)

  • LNHA (BELTSS: 41084-SS-23)



This course is designed to provide a training that will build skills for working with people with disabilities. This will be done by providing a foundational knowledge on definitions and concepts related to rights for those with disabilities; four categories of disability; how trauma and each category of disability intersect; and provide application of how-to use the NOVA Model of Crisis Response in the context of disability. 


  • Learn the broad definition of disability and person-first language related to disability
  • Gain an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its purpose
  • Define and learn concepts related to each of four categories of disability: physical, intellectual, invisible, and mental health
  • Recognize the intersection of victimization, trauma, and each category of disability
  • Identify the intersection of disability and substance use addiction
  • Learn, and practice, the six steps of the NOVA model of crisis intervention in context of disability

About the Speaker: Evelyn Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Williams started her advocacy work in 2001, hiring on with VAP in 2019. She has taught and worked with a variety of vulnerable populations, including victims of assault, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and substance abuse. VAP recently promoted Dr. Williams to Director of Educational Services. In her current role, she oversees the Summit Victim Assistance Academy which offers the comprehensive Essentials training, as well as, customized trainings for external customers and training for VAP staff. Dr. Williams is tasked with growing the SVAA while providing best practice trainings through a trauma-informed lens.

Dr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Kent State University at Stark; master’s degree in Education, Kent State University; doctoral degree in Public Health, Walden University; and is a Nationally Credentialed Victim Advocate. She also regularly participates in collaboratives focused on victimization and trauma-informed services. 


Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time and find a seat.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.