HBHS Co-Sponsors Book Event, Panel Discussion

Over 90 Denver-area therapists and their clients attended a trauma survivor presentation, book signing and therapy panel discussion today at Jubilee Fellowship Church in Lone Tree, CO. The event, entitled Beyond Trauma: Finding Joy and Peace in Your Life, was co-sponsored by Highlands Behavioral Health System (HBHS) and At Peace Therapy Centers, Denver.

Diann M. Kissell, subject of the new book, A Turquoise Life: One Woman’s Triumphant Journey, opened the conference with a presentation on her lifelong journey through periods of surviving, healing and living. The book, written in collaboration with Denver therapist Kathy Bird, LPC, is an account of Ms. Kissell’s childhood experience with sexual trauma and her path to wellness.

Panels comprised of both trauma therapists and trauma survivors discussed various therapeutic modalities employed to treat severe trauma. Included on the therapy panel were Mark Bauman, LPC; Kathy Bird, MA, LPC, CACIII; Melissa Lockman, LSW, MA, CFI, SEP; and Donna C. Read, M.A., CCTP, CCP, ACT/CFT. The four panelists discussed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Inner Child and Voice Dialoguing, Somatic Experiencing, and ACT, respectively.

The seminar was the latest in a series of programs sponsored or co-sponsored by HBHS over the past few months in advance of the hospital’s planned Women’s Trauma program. The new program is set to launch in early 2015.

Highlands Behavior Health System is an 86-bed behavioral health hospital offering inpatient and day therapy mental health services for adults and adolescents. HBHS is accredited by the Joint Commission.