Research on early childhood adversity has shown that many of the people served by mental health and social service agencies have experienced trauma. In order to respond ethically and effectively to those impacted by trauma, service providers must have significant knowledge of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual impacts of trauma experiences. They must also be able to skillfully respond to trauma-based behaviour to promote well-being and avoid the potential for harm.
This 5-week web-based course will benefit anyone working with individuals who have experienced trauma or in sectors where there is a high prevalence of trauma (i.e. child welfare/well-being, youth justice, mental health and addictions, developmental services, and residential care). The trauma informed practice online course will also appeal to managers and supervisors who are supporting staff to implement trauma-informed practice principles.
- Live Webinars (Zoom) This course is delivered exclusively online as 5 interactive webinars spaced over five weeks.
- Online learning platform (Thinkific LMS)
Participants will have access to online learning modules to supplement live sessions as well as:
• Activities and discussion forum
• Downloadable resources and handouts
• Access replay of session recordings
- Recognize the prevalence of trauma experiences in those they serve.
- Describe trauma-based behaviour in terms of its adaptive and protective functions and apply this knowledge to inform assessment and service planning.
- Engage with individuals in ways that promote safety and trust and strengthen client-provider relationships.
- Support individuals and families to develop positive coping skills, identify strategies to prevent the negative impacts of trauma on self and others.
- Take actionable steps to apply trauma-informed practice principles in real-world context across various professional settings.
Participants will engage in deeper learning through self-study and reflection, and by applying new knowledge and skills in their daily work.