Vision: Building resiliency
and creating joy in the community and among professional helpers.
Elizabeth Venart has over fourteen years of experience in providing counseling and crisis intervention services. For seven years, she worked at a comprehensive crime victim center — first as a counselor and then as the Counseling Services Director. While there, she provided individual, family, group and couples counseling to hundreds of women, men and children who were impacted by crimes of violence. She also developed innovative healing programs for survivors, supervised a team of counselors and counseling interns, and trained new staff and volunteers in counseling and crisis intervention skills. With advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), she has been providing on-site critical incident stress management services through Crisis Care Network since 2001.
In addition to her work with violence survivors, Ms. Venart
has worked in a comprehensive addictions center and in two school settings.
Working over four years in a school for special needs children (emotional,
behavioral, and learning challenges), Ms. Venart gained extensive understanding
of the multiple needs facing families today. Ms. Venart also worked for
three years as a school counselor at an Independent School for boys. While
there, she provided services to children ages five through fourteen and
their families, including counseling, consultation, and information on
social, emotional, and behavioral concerns. Her counseling specialties
include trauma, anxiety, depression, workplace conflict, childhood impairment,
job burn-out, and enhancing personal creativity. She has advanced training
in EMDR, relational counseling with traumatized persons, couples therapy,
substance abuse, the use of metaphor in career exploration, and effective
therapeutic interventions with children and families.
She has presented to local agencies such as Bucks County Network of Victim Assistance, Integra Behavioral Health, and the Grief Assistance Program. She has also presented training programs at the State level through Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape's Training Institute and at the Pennsylvania Pathways for Victim Services Conference. In September 2003, she presented an experiential workshop for helpers at the Mid-Atlantic Sexual Assault conference in Valley Forge, PA. In April 2005, she co-presented a program on "Identifying Counselor Impairment and Building Resiliency" at the national American Counseling Association Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. At the 2006 American Counseling Association Conference, she presented an experiential workshop through the C-AHEAD Wellness Center and co-presented both an education session and a poster presentation with the Task Force on Counselor Wellness.
Her training specialties include trauma, vicarious trauma, community-building, and creativity development. Since 2003, Ms. Venart has served on the American Counseling Association's Task Force on Impaired Counselors (>Visit the Task Force website). Part of her work on the task force includes the development of effective intervention programs to facilitate counselor wellness. She is an adjunct instructor with the Addiction and Behavioral Counseling Sciences Program of Drexel University. She teaches Group Counseling I and II, Theory and Practice of Counseling, and Assessment and Treatment Planning.
Copyright 2008 Elizabeth Venart, Licensed Professional Counselor in the Philadelphia Vicinity.
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