Trauma Training Initiative



This intermediate/advanced level workshop will review current best practice thinking in trauma-informed work, including elementary neurobiology, the strategies of hyperarousal and dissociation, and the dynamics of reenactment. It will then present and discuss “resilience thinking,” a way of conceptualizing the dynamics of treatment from a resilience/desire based framework, rather than a damage-based one. Resilience will be presented from both a process point of view – i.e., its relationship to homeostasis and change; and a content point of view: i.e., elements that support and sustain resilience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize basic principles of trauma-informed care and discover ways in which trauma-related defenses contribute to resilience;
  • Discuss Resilience Thinking as a mindset that facilitates creative understandings and clinical techniques;
  • Describe music, art and film as mediums that demonstrate principles operant in trauma and resilience, and enhance their “cultural competence” in these areas;
  • Identify and apply the major factors contributing to resilience in individuals and systems;
  • Describe and discuss out of the box thinking and examine its relative usefulness;
  • Identify and describe and employ multiple intelligences.

Intended Audience:

This intermediate/advanced course, is designed for staff at all levels in behavioral health & other human service agencies and though continuously updated contains some of the same material presented previously in 2012 and 2013.

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Completion Requirements:

Participants must attend entire presentation and complete a course evaluation in order to receive credits.