Domestic Violence and Legal Issues

May 23, 2019

Domestic Violence and Legal Issues

Presenter: Julie Meredith and Helen Yonts, LBSW, LAC, NCAC-II


Part 1, 9:00-2:00: The participants will examine the dynamics of domestic violence and the trauma.  This training will identify local providers in the area and resources available to victims of domestic violence.  Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an simulation of what a domestic violence victim experience when navigating through the system.

Part 2, 2:00-4:30: A short experiential workshop will provide an introduction to Tension and Trauma Reducing Exercises (TRE) and will go over some of the history of how this therapy was developed. For this portion, please bring a yoga mat or beach towel and a small pillow or towel to roll up like a pillow. Dress in comfortable clothes that will allow light stretching.


Part 1:

1.             Gain knowledge about the facts and dynamics related to domestic abuse.

2.             Recognize challenges and barriers that survivors of domestic abuse experience when navigating through systems.

Part 2:

3.             Help participants understand the benefits of TRE in working with clients both as a stand-alone therapy and in conjunction with traditional therapies.

4.             Allow participants to experience TRE and ask questions or share about their experience. 


Julie Meredith has been on staff at Safe Harbor since 2008 and serving in her current role as Director of Programs and Outreach since 2015. Julie oversees Safe Harbor’s programs, including shelter advocacy, community counseling, child and family counseling, transitional housing, legal advocacy, volunteer services, prevention and education/outreach, as well as working with local partners and systems to coordinate and improve community responses to the issue of domestic abuse. Julie holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Furman University.

Helen Yonts, LBSW, LAC, NCAC-II, Certified TRE Provider has worked in substance abuse treatment for more than 25 years and is currently a counselor working with students at Lander University.   She sought ways to more effectively treat trauma with lasting results.  In this search, Helen became familiar with TRE (Tension and Trauma Reducing Exercises), a therapy developed by Dr. David Berceli.  She then devoted a year to becoming a Certified TRE Provider and is one of only 2 providers in South Carolina.

Credit:                   6 Hours

Audience:              Art Therapists, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Medical Professionals

Fee:                        Registration is $75.00
Employees of Region 1 301 Agencies (A/OBHS, BHSPC, CCCADA, The Forrester Center, HealthyU, Phoenix Center, Cornerstone, Westview, Saluda, Gateway, plus Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center and Anderson/Oconee/Pickens Mental Health) may attend monthly Region 1 trainings at no charge; however, registration is needed in advance and is on a first come/first served basis.

Where:                  Lottie Beal Gibson Center of Excellence

                                130 Industrial Drive, Greenville, SC 29607


Time:                      Registration 8:30
9:00AM to 4:30PM

                                Lunch on your own from 12:00-1:00

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