All consultations can be offered over the telephone or via teleconference. Click here for Fees and Services.

Consultation services offered by David Conrad:

Placeholder image1) Individual Consultation: Individual consultation should be offered when a staff member is traumatized by an event or series of events occurring at work. A primary goal of each session is to listen attentively and provide them with support. It is also an opportunity to help them understand why they are feeling and responding to the situation as they are. As part of their treatment, a staff member is provided with a wide variety of tools, surveys and written materials that can assist them in moving past their trauma. Three or four sessions is generally enough for staff to re-stabilize emotionally. The exception is if an underlying, unresolved personal trauma or serious mental health issue (eg. anxiety, depression) has been triggered by the trauma. In that case, the staff member will be referred to a private therapist.

2) Group Stress Debriefings: Group stress debriefings should be offered after several staff are involved in a traumatic event or series of events that overwhelm their ability to cope. To ensure participation by all attendees, the debriefings are limited to no more than 12 persons. Each debriefing lasts approximately 2 hours. Participants are informed beforehand that debriefings are not therapy, but are an opportunity to process their thoughts and feelings about the event in a safe and supportive environment with co-workers.

What a caseworker said following an individual consultation with David

"Around my 4th anniversary as a Child Protection intake worker, I had my first encounter with David. I had witnessed the results of the severe abuse of an 18 month old boy and felt horror and disbelief. But not right away. My total focus was getting things in order. Following my trip to the hospital I secured custody of the toddler, found a placement, filled out paperwork and completed a court report. The foster mother gently introduced herself to the child, the hospital staff provided medical and emotional care that promoted healing and my team listened and supported my involvement. All was taken care of, right? Wrong. For the next week I had trouble sleeping, focusing and communicating at work and at home. I learned about David through my supervisor, called him, and David made arrangements to meet with me the next day. I will never forget the manner in which he worked with me through the trauma. He listened, asked questions, and helped me to understand my reaction. I felt validated, supported, and understood. I was amazed at the positive difference my encounter with David had on my personal and professional life."


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Contact David Conrad, LCSW
Senior Instructor with Distinction
University of Colorado School of Medicine



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