Pacific Quest Primary Therapist Theresa Hasting will be presenting “Kids from Hard Places: A Trauma-Informed Method of Care” at the 2015 American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on Thursday March 12th-Sunday March 15th, 2015. The ACA 2015 Conference & Expo is the largest professional development event for counselors in the world with more than 4,000 attendees.
Theresa’s presentation “Kids from Hard Places: A Trauma-Informed Method of Care” will examine the role that stress and trauma have on brain development, specific neurochemicals, attachment styles, sensory integration, behaviors and thinking patterns. Theresa will highlight how this knowledge is important in understanding the connection between our minds and our bodies. Additionally, this presentation will examine evidence-based strategies based on Trust Based Relational Interventions® and Nurturing Parenting Programs®. These strategies examine the role of connecting, empowering and correcting youth in ways that address and heal the whole child in a nurturing, but structured manner.
Theresa Hasting received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from McMurry University in 2003 and earned her Masters of Arts degree in Family Psychology from Hardin Simmons University in 2005. Prior to joining the Pacific Quest team, Theresa worked as a clinician, where she supervised and trained therapists and worked with youth and families. She also developed training for staff and families on Trauma Informed Care topics, Nurturing Parenting®, and Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) principles. Her past experiences includes working with adults and adolescents at inpatient psychiatric facilities, working as a therapist for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and working as a case manager. Theresa also served as Outreach Office Director, where she placed and managed children in foster care homes, provided parent training classes, wrote curriculum and programming, and supervised employees. Theresa has worked with youth and adults who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, attachment trauma, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, emotional and behavioral dysregulation, substance abuse issues, psychosis, and interpersonal conflict.
Theresa has extensive training in trauma informed care; examining the impact that trauma and chronic stress has on a person’s neurochemistry, brain development, attachment style, cognitions and behaviors. She has been training specifically in TBRI, Motivational Interviewing, play therapy techniques, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, Theresa has been a trainer/consultant for the Nurturing Parenting Programs® since 2011 and has facilitated Nurturing Parenting groups since 2008, utilizing individual, in home, and group parenting classes. Theresa has presented at many state and national conferences. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). She is currently working toward eligibility as a Registered Play Therapist. Theresa’s passion is working with youth and families to facilitate healthy relationships. She has a strong belief in the need for holistic, whole-person oriented work that focuses on “re-setting” the mind and the body. Pacific Quest attracted Theresa because of its focus on these key aspects of treatment, which are often overlooked in other treatment settings.
Theresa has a diverse background and a keen sense of appreciation for other cultures. Having grown up in Prague, she has a love for international travel and hopes to share these experiences with her husband and daughter. Theresa enjoys photography, reading, learning new skills, buying power tools, scuba diving, and hiking in the Hawaiian islands.