Telehealth and Trauma Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This 90-minute recording was developed for professional mental health providers who have found themselves quickly adapting to telehealth services during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Join trauma expert and Board Certified Telehealth Health Provider formerly called Distanced Counselor Certification (DCC) Lois Ehrmann, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CTTS, and learn about the needs of clients during a pandemic as well as the proven strategies to help reduce traumatic stress in your clients. A special focus will be on adapting strategies to the telehealth platform. Numerous resources will be identified and provided.


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Lois Ehrmann, PhD, LPC, NCC, CTTS
1 Hour 31 Minutes
Apr 14, 2020
PESI, Inc.
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The Individual and Family Choices program

Lois Ehrmann, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CTTS, is a trauma-informed and sensitive clinician who works with individuals and families who suffer from trauma, abuse and attachment issues. She is the founder of The Individual and Family CHOICES Program, a holistic trauma-informed counseling center in State College, PA, that has been providing cutting-edge trauma-informed therapy for over 10 years. Prior to that she co-owned a dual diagnosis outpatient counseling program called Counseling Alternatives Group for over 18 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been in clinical practice for over 30 years, specializing in trauma and attachment for over 22 years.

A Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS), Lois is also an Approved Consultant and Certified Clinician in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDRIA) as well as a Certified Internal Family Systems Clinician. Trained in IFS Levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as Somatic IFS, she has introduced the IFS model to the children and families she works with, as well as groups of parents of traumatized children and to professional healers who work with traumatized families. Lois is a Registered ATTACh Clinician, Certified Attachment Focused Family Therapist/Consultant and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (NCE). In addition, she is a trained neurofeedback clinician and trained in clinical hypnosis.

Lois is a sought-after trainer both locally and nationally and is also an adjunct assistant professor in counselor education and supervision at PSU. She has presented nationally for many years for the National ATTACh Conference and until very recently served on that organization’s board of directors. Lois has also presented annually for the Internal Family Systems Conference specifically focusing on the use of IFS with children and families struggling with attachment issues.

Lois is the co-author of a book on best practices in attachment therapy and has self-published books for children and their parents on attachment and Internal Family Systems concepts. She was the lead researcher in the development of the Internal Family Systems Adherence Scale for the Internal Family System Foundation.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lois Ehrmann is founder and executive director of The Individual and Family CHOICES Program. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Lois Ehrmann has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Determine at least three factors contributing to traumatic stress in clients because of the COVID-19 pandemic crises.
  2. Utilize interventions that can be adapted to the use of telehealth to reduce traumatic stress in all clients.


Why COVID-19 Pandemic is a Traumatic Event for Our Trauma Clients

  • Loss of face to face social networks and familiar stomping grounds
  • Threat of death to self, children, neighbours, loved ones
  • Impact of psychological distress on the immune system
  • Media presentation and coverage of the pandemic
  • Loss of face to face professional help making telehealth critical


  • Work through Past Trauma Events and Now the Trauma of COVID-19 Using Telehealth
    • Clients stress response and basic needs
    • Work through overwhelming sadness, disgust, confusion, fear, anger
    • Adjustment disorders, acute stress reactions, anxiety, phobias, major depression and PTSD
    • Suicidal ideation and suicide risks
    • Seeing clients regress from the stress on the screen
  • Apply Interventions from Past Pandemics/Disasters Using Telehealth
    • Post-disaster mental health disorders: Evidence-based strategies
    • Psychosocial support for stages of the illness, during testing periods, and through recovery
    • Traumatic grief/bereavement interventions and directed PTSD interventions
    • Building resilience in individuals, families and communities
    • Interventions for those who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 or already have it
      • Psychological First Aid for nurses, doctors, health care workers, first responders
      • Older adults and the elderly; Markers to look for and specific strategies
      • Pregnant women, post-partum mothers, mothers with young children
      • Those with underlying health issues such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease

Target Audience

  • Social Workers 
  • Counselors 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychotherapists 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Certified Case Managers 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • School-based Mental Health Professionals


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