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Traci is a licensed clinical social worker practicing at Mercy One Behavioral Health, Cedar Falls, IA, and adjunct instructor for University of Northern Iowa Social Work Department. She specializes in treating trauma-related responses ranging from single-incident trauma to complex developmental trauma(s). She has extensive training with somatic interventions, EMDR, and mindfulness practices. She completed an immersive Trauma-Sensitive Yoga program endorsed by the Trauma Center, Brookline, MA. She has been incorporating the artistry of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga both individually with clients, and in the group setting for the past several years. She was one of the first practitioners in the Cedar Valley to be trained in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. She believes in offering her colleagues and clients cutting-edge, evidenced-based modalities for treating the body and mind that augment clinical practice.

Traci M. Ludwig, LISW, ACSW, RYT-200

Matthew Vasquez, PhD, LMSW


Dr. Vasquez is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa, and teaches mainly in the trauma-informed MSW program. His current area of research focuses on the effects of body-based interventions (e.g., Tai Chi, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga) on trauma and mental health, along with the evaluation of affiliative, body-based interventions in school settings (e.g., Rainbowdance and Kinnect). His other research interests include the examining the benefits of infusing trauma-informed care practices in residential treatment facilities, in-patient mental health units, and school-based curriculums, along with how to effectively educate social workers on the salient brain-based neurological aspects of trauma and trauma-informed care. As a clinician, Dr. Vasquez uses an integrated approach to the treatment of trauma that utilizes approaches from body-centered and sensorimotor psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, and EMDR. He currently serves as a consultant for the Washington School District, Health and Human Services Agency of Texas, the Child Welfare Training Academy of Iowa, Midwest Trauma Services Network of Hubbard Nebraska, and International Trauma Center of Boston, Massachusetts.

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