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Trauma Informed Care

  • This masterclass provides mental health and addiction counselors (LPC, LMHC, LPCC, LADC, CADC (and counselors in training), social workers (LCSW, LMSW, LSW, RSW), pastoral staff, case managers (CCM) and marriage and family therapists (LMFT) with the information they need to provide more sensitive, strengths-based treatment to persons who may be dealing with trauma.


    1. Trauma 101–Provides an overview of trauma, and an understanding of trauma informed principles and practices
    2. Trauma-Informed Care: Increases awareness of the different types of trauma, their impact and individual differences in the experience of traumatic events.
    3. Trauma Informed Care: Impact of Trauma: Overview of the effects of trauma on the brain and physical health; social relationships; mental health; and the community/society at large.
    4. Trauma Informed Care: Screening and Assessment
    5. Trauma Informed Care: Trauma Specific Services reviews many of the current best and promising practices for survivors of trauma, ranging from child abuse to natural disasters.
    6. Trauma and Resiliency: Highlights the concepts and components of individual, family and community resiliency.
    7. Neurological Impact of Trauma: Provides an overview of the human brain and its response to stress and trauma.
    8. Pharmacotherapy for Trauma: Reviews current practice guidelines for the use of SSRIs, Benzodiazepines, Rapid-Acting Antidepressants, Alpha-1 Antagonists and Mood Stabilizers
    9. Acute Stress Disorder: Assessment and Treatment
    10. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma
    11. Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma
    12. Intro to Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Trauma

    By the end of the training, the clinician will:

    1. Understand the difference between trauma-informed and trauma-specific services
    2. Understand the differences among various kinds of abuse and trauma, including: physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; domestic violence; experiences of war for both combat veterans and survivors of war; natural disasters; and community violence
    3. Understand the different effects that various kinds of trauma have on human development and the development of psychological and substance use issues
    4. Understand how protective factors, such as strong emotional connections to safe and nonjudgmental people and individual resilience, can prevent and ameliorate the negative impact trauma has on both human development and the development of psychological and substance use issues
    5. Understand the importance of ensuring the physical and emotional safety of clients
    6. Understand the importance of not engaging in behaviors, such as confrontation of substance use or other seemingly unhealthy client behaviors, that might activate trauma symptoms or acute stress reactions
    7. Demonstrate knowledge of how trauma affects diverse people throughout their lifespans and with different mental health problems, cognitive and physical disabilities, and substance use issues
    8. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of trauma on diverse cultures with regard to the meanings various cultures attach to trauma and the attitudes they have regarding behavioral health treatment
    9. Demonstrate knowledge of the variety of ways clients express stress reactions both behaviorally (e.g., avoidance, aggression, passivity) and psychologically/emotionally (e.g., hyperarousal, avoidance, intrusive memories)
    10. Expedite client-directed choice and demonstrates a willingness to work within a mutually empowering (as opposed to a hierarchical) power structure in the therapeutic relationship
    11. Maintain clarity of roles and boundaries in the therapeutic relationship
    12. Demonstrate competence in screening and assessment of trauma history (within the bounds of his or her licensing and scope of practice), including knowledge of and practice with specific screening tools
    13. Show competence in screening and assessment of substance use disorders (within the bounds of his or her licensing and scope of practice), including knowledge of and practice with specific screening tools
    14. Demonstrate an ability to identify clients’ strengths, coping resources, and resilience
    15. Facilitate collaborative treatment and recovery planning with an emphasis on personal choice and a focus on clients’ goals and knowledge of what has previously worked for them
    16. Respect clients’ ways of managing stress reactions while supporting and facilitating taking risks to acquire different coping skills that are consistent with clients’ values and preferred identity and way of being in the world
    17. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in general trauma-informed counseling strategies, including, but not limited to, grounding techniques that manage dissociative experiences, cognitive- behavioral tools that focus on both anxiety reduction and distress tolerance, and stress management and relaxation tools that reduce hyperarousal
    $149.00 for 365 days
  • Objectives:

    • Identify the components of ACT
    • Explore how ACT differs from other approaches to trauma treatment
    • Learn some techniques that can help people live a rich and meaningful life
    • Explore the problem of experiential avoidance and trauma
    • Learn to develop creative hopelessness
    • Help clients use self-as-context for commitment toward valued living
    $12.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives:

    • Explore the connection between disrupted attachment and adverse childhood experiences
    • Discuss how the symptoms of codependency make sense from a trauma informed perspective
    • Discuss trauma informed strategies for addressing codependency and abandonment issues
    $6.00 for 90 days
  • Objective

    • Define complex trauma.
    • Highlight the cost of complex trauma.
    • Examine the impact and diagnostic issues of complex trauma.
    • Continue discussing impact of complex trauma on children and adolescents.
    • Identify the function of presenting symptoms.
    • Learn to apply practical tools to aid in teaching new skills and tools and helping the patient improve quality of life.


    $12.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives:

    • Learn about the effects of acute and intergenerational trauma
    • Review risk and protective factors for PTSD
    • Identify strategies to enhance resiliency in persons who have experienced past trauma
    $6.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives
    • Explore information on the use of the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
    • Identify the nine goals for psychiatric management of persons with PTSD or ASD
    • List the eight steps in assessment of a person with PTSD or ASD
    • Identify eight things to be considered when determining the treatment setting
    • List three characteristics which would make inpatient treatment a better choice
    • List for ways to establish and maintain a therapeutic alliance
    • Explain the most effective ways to coordinate treatment efforts
    • Identify the types of education which should be provided to patients with PTSD or ASD
    • Identify the five goals of treatment for patients with PTSD or ASD
    • Identify the three approaches which are used either alone or in combination in treating this population
    • List nine issues that should be considered when choosing the appropriate initial treatment modality
    • Describe approaches for patients who do not respond to initial treatment
    • Summarize the standard pharmacological treatment strategy for PTSD or ASD
    • Summarize the recommendations for psychotherapy with persons with PTSD or ASD
    $27.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives:
    • Explore historic and well-established contemporary counseling theories, principles and techniques of counseling and their application in professional counseling settings
    • Discuss the causes of PTSD
    • Examine PTSD through a strengths-based lens
    • Identify tools to help patients deal with PTSD symptoms
    • Define Cognitive Processing Therapy
    • Explore the 12 Session Protocol for CPT
    • Examine complex trauma from a developmental and strengths-based lens
    • Identify interventions to help patients acquire the skills to mitigate the impact of complex trauma
    $18.00 for 30 days
  • Objectives
    • Review why vagal tone is important in releasing trauma
    • Explore strategies to help you gain more control over your autonomic nervous system
    • Review the impact of trauma on the brain
    • Identify strategies for healing and rewiring the brain.


    $9.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives

    • Review five central ideas:
      • Safety as the priority of this first-stage treatment;
      • Integrated treatment of PTSD and substance abuse
      • A focus on ideals
      • Content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management
      • Attention to therapist processes.
    $9.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives:

    • Identify the symptoms of PTSD 
    • Examine the function of PTSD
    • Identify the impact of PTSD on the person and recovery
    • Identify interventions that are commonly used to address PTSD and prevent relapse 
    • Help for family members or significant others in dealing with a person with this issue
    $6.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives

    • Barriers and Challenges to Trauma Informed Screening and Assessment
    • Identify the most important domains to screen among individuals with trauma histories
    • Cross Cultural Screening and Assessment
    • Choosing Instruments Trauma Informed Screening and Assessment
    $9.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives

    • Define and differentiate between the different types of trauma (individual, group, mass, natural or human caused)
    • Explore how trauma affects communities and cultures
    • Identify staff and agency issues that could cause retraumatization
    • Explore the objective and subjective characteristics of trauma and their biopsychosocial impact.
    • Identify characteristics that nurture resilience among individuals from diverse groups.
    $9.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives

    • Learn About The Sequence of Trauma Reactions
    • Explore Common Immediate and Delayed Experiences and Responses to Trauma (Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, Behavioral and Existential)
    • Explore the effects of trauma on the family
    $9.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives:
    • Define Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Identify 30 TI-CBT tools


    $9.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives

    • Explain how trauma informed practices and trauma specific services can enhance client retention, treatment outcomes and organizational standing
    • Understand the difference between trauma-informed and trauma-specific services
    • Demonstrate knowledge of how trauma affects diverse people throughout their lifespans and with different mental health problems, cognitive and physical disabilities, and substance use issues
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of trauma on diverse cultures with regard to the meanings various cultures attach to trauma and the attitudes they have regarding behavioral health treatment
    • Identify the 16 components of trauma informed care
    • Describe the impact of trauma on the individual, family and community
    • Review best practices for trauma screening and assessment
    • Develop an understanding of behavior as communication which may have been learned or developed as a way of coping with trauma and will learn skills and tools to enhance rapport, motivation and client activation.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the variety of ways clients express stress reactions
    • Describe how these reactions “make sense” from a survival/reinforcement perspective
    • Identify ways to help clients develop alternate responses while maintaining personal power and a sense of safety
    • Give examples of when clients trauma histories may have triggered the use of : Avoidance, aggression, passivity
    • Learn approaches to enhance client empowerment and choice.
    • Explore approaches to trauma-informed crisis intervention
    • Identify biopsychosocial interventions that can assist in the recovery from trauma.
    • Learn ways to enhance mindfulness
    • Explore techniques for addressing cognitive distortions
    $72.00 for 120 days
  • Objectives

    • Identify the organizational costs of employee turnover
    • Define trauma
    • Explore the effects of trauma and HPA-Axis dysregulation
    • Identify problematic employee behaviors and explore how they might relate to prior trauma
    • Discuss sources of trauma (or trauma re-enactment) in the workplace
    • Explain what a trauma organized system is.
    • Explain how trauma contributes to employee stress, behavioral issues and turnover.
    • Identify at least 10 common workplace stressors and bad habits that contribute to turnover
    • Explain how trauma informed processes are at work and need to be addressed not only in clients, but also staff (mitigating trauma)
    • Give at least three examples of behavior as a form of communication
    • Describe characteristics of healthy organizations
    • Identify interventions for sources of workplace stress and turnover
    • Effectively use the psychological flexibility matrix to chart helpful and unhelpful responses to situations
    • Explain behavioral principles underlying behavior and behavior change.
    • Demonstrate ability to explore the benefits and drawbacks of all behaviors to better understand how to motivate change.Learn techniques to create a healthy trauma-informed organizational culture that inspires growth and reduces turnover.
    • Learn about the SELF Model (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss, Future) and apply it to workplace events and employee behavior
    • Use the SELF Model to solve complex problems and develop a sense of purpose instead of abandoning the organization.
    • Learn ways to encourage people to grow and adapt to change
    • Provide at least 3 examples of activities to help staff create a vision of a healthy workplace and rewarding career that inspires purposeful action
    • Identify at least 5 ways to demonstrate a that diversity and participation is valued
    • Discuss ways to build a culture of democracy
    • Give at least 3 examples of ways to model nonviolence and enhance safety
    • Define emotional intelligence
    • Discuss the benefits of emotional regulation
    • Explain the benefits and process of developing a system of open communication
    • Develop a plan for how to create a commitment to growth and change based in social responsibility in their work settings
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of healthy organizations and how to use principles of motivation and behavior change to encourage these characteristics.
    • Learn the principles of motivational interviewing
    • Demonstrate the ability to effectively use motivational interviewing with staff to address factors that impair motivation
    • Describe at least 3 interventions that can be used to enhance the development of a staff community
    • Explain the principles of positive, strengths-based management and apply those principles to scenarios based on current or past staff issues.
    $60.00 for 120 days
  • Objectives

    • Define "What is Trauma"
    • Explore why trauma informed care is important
    • Learn the 3 key elements to a trauma informed approach: Realizing, recognizing and responding
    • Identify trauma informed intervention and treatment principles
    • Learn how to anticipate the interplay between treatment elements and clients' trauma histories
    • Identify the 11 cross-cutting factors of culture
    $9.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives

    • Prevalence
    • Overview of Human Trafficking
    • Biopsychosocial Needs of Survivors
    • Barriers to Care
    $12.00 for 90 days

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