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Understanding Trauma: Essential Training for Direct Support Professionals
Topic/Sujet Trauma-Informed Practice
Certificate/Certificat Yes
Level/Niveau Intermediate
Format In-Person
Session Winter
Course Dates/Dates du cours Click here/Cliquez ici


People with developmental disabilities experience mental health issues as a result of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect in greater numbers than the general public, yet there is little assessment, treatment or support. There is often a failure to recognize the nature of trauma in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Histories of abuse may be overlooked and instead behavioural presentations of trauma may be attributed to non-compliance, behavioural disorders, or psychiatric disorders, and as such are treated inappropriately.

Many direct support providers have not received the required training to support this population in healing from trauma. This training workshop, which has been developed in accordance with the values of inclusion, person-centered practice, self-determination, and celebration of diversity, will be of interest to those working with or caring for individuals with a developmental disability or dual diagnosis.
The material is suitable for service providers in a variety of settings including community-based mental health, residential or day treatment programs, healthcare and hospitals.

Outcomes/Objectifs d'apprentissage

• Define trauma and identify various classifications of trauma such as PTSD, developmental trauma and traumatic stress response.
• Review key findings of neuroscience research to understand how trauma impacts the brain
• Describe what symptoms of trauma look like in people with Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD)
• Identify factors which make people with IDD vulnerable to trauma
• Demonstrate the ability to reframe behaviour using a trauma lens
• Develop awareness of strategies that to promote recovery and healing from trauma

GROUP DISCOUNT: To register a group of 4 or more and receive a 20% discount off the individual fee, contact Angela, angela@safeguards-training.net or 905 889-5030, x121.

Want this training at your agency or in your community? Contact karen@safeguards-training.net for information.

See the homepage to see if you are eligible for the Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund.

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Non-member fee/Frais des non membres $226.00
Member fee/Frais des membres $158.20

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