There is growing awareness that trauma is pervasive and that the impact of trauma is often deep and life shaping.  Violence and trauma are often at the center of an individual’s criminal or juvenile justice involvement, work/school problems, mental health challenges and substance use.  This means, whether or not it is fully recognized, human service staff are working with survivors of trauma.  A system or organization that is trauma informed has at its center the core principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment and understands that these principles need to be present for both the recipient of services as well as the staff.  This training will introduce participants to the essential elements of a trauma informed system of care and how that can understanding can be applied to the policies and practice that shape service delivery.

Brief Training Outline

  • Understanding Trauma:  Prevalence and Impact
  • Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach
    • Essential elements in trauma-informed services
    • Starting and sustaining trauma-informed services

Training Goals
Participants will understand that:

  • Trauma is pervasive and that the impact of trauma is often deep and life-shaping
  • The effects of trauma can be mitigated through the development of protective factors, trauma-informed services and trauma-specific treatment.

Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key differences between a traditional human services paradigm and a trauma-informed paradigm.
  • Specify the core principles of a trauma-informed approach to care.
  • Understand the prevalence of trauma, the impact of that trauma, and how a more trauma-informed approach will enhance work and outcomes with clients.
  • Recognize compassion fatigue and burnout and key elements to respond to stress in the workplace.  
  • Understand how to assess the extent to which current service approaches in their agency or program are trauma-informed.

Examples of our Work


Growing a Trauma Responsive Organization

Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Creating the Roadmap Towards Trauma Responsive Care

Raising Resilient Children

From ACEs to Assets: Fostering Resilience to Improve Outcomes

Collaborating to Build Resilience: Using Local Childhood Adversity & Youth Risk Behavior Data to Identify Community-Level Moderators

Hear what our customers have to say…

Quote from RCSD,

“Both the requested trauma training and the support of schools for trauma informed care and collegial circles have been of consistent high standards and above and beyond original expectations. Thank you Elizabeth Meeker!”

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