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Trauma-Informed Care Trainings (TIC)

Trauma-Informed Care Training Overview:

We provide a variety of trainings in childhood trauma to help develop, enhance and strengthen the ability of child-serving professionals to identify and screen for trauma-related symptoms, and to make referrals to evidence-based trauma treatments. Professional groups we collaborate with include: pediatricians and medical professionals, law enforcement, courts, attorneys, schools, child welfare, advocacy groups, and others. Please contact Genevieve Kane-Howse, LMHC at Genevieve.kane-howse@umassmed.edu with any questions related to TIC trainings.

Trauma-Informed Care Trainings CTTC Offers By Request:

  • Trauma 101/Trauma Responsive Care*
    • Intended for professional and community audiences alike, this training explores the consequences that exposure to trauma and adversities in childhood have on the lives of youth and families.  The presentation focuses on identifying different types of trauma/adversities; understanding common reactions to trauma; exploring short and long-term consequences of trauma exposure; and learning about the impact of trauma on brain development.   Helpful strategies to utilize when working with and interacting with youth who have been impacted by trauma will be explored.
    • This training can be adapted to meet the needs of a variety of audiences (i.e., child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health agencies, etc.).
  • Trauma’s Effect on Youth, and the Consequences in the Classroom*
    • This training is intended for school communities.  The first half of this training will focus on identifying different types of trauma/adversities; understanding common reactions to trauma; exploring short and long-term consequences of trauma exposure; and learning about the impact of trauma on brain development.  The second half of the training will focus on how exposure to trauma can impact a student’s learning, as well as his/her social, behavioral, and emotional capacities in the classroom.  Strategies for how to structure classroom assignments and activities to best meet the needs of the traumatized student will be discussed.
  • Trauma and Parenting Experience*
    • Intended for caregivers (biological, foster, adoptive, kinship), this presentation will explore the behavioral, emotional, academic, and social changes that can happen after a youth experiences something scary or traumatic.  Together, the presenter and audience explore different types of adversities that have impacted youth’s lives; identify the various ways youth and families are impacted by the experience(s); gain an understanding of how trauma experiences can impact brain development; and strategize about helpful and practical ways to parent a youth after something scary or traumatic has happened.  This presentation will also help caregivers to consider how important their own support network will be as they face the challenges of parenting a youth whose life has been impacted by trauma.
  • The Impact on the Professional: Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Traumatic Stress*
    • Working with youth who have experienced trauma and adversity often has consequences on the professional.  This training is intended for anyone who works with traumatized youth.  This training identifies the definitions of vicarious trauma (VT), secondary traumatic stress (STS), and compassion fatigue (CF) – all consequences of the helping profession – and explores common situations which put professionals at risk for the development of such.  The second half of the training is devoted to exploring risk and resilience factors that professionals have, which can either increase their risk of, or protect then against, the risk of developing VT/STS/CF.  Case examples will be used to demonstrate the experiences of VT, STS, and CF.  Audience members will also have the opportunity to use an assessment to look at their own levels of Vicarious Trauma, Burnout and Compassion Satisfaction.  This training is intended to be very interactive and contains group activities.

*Trainings can be adapted to meet the needs of a variety of audiences.  Please contact Genevieve Kane-Howse, LMHC at Genevieve.kane-howse@umassmed.edu with any questions related to the trainings that CTTC offers. 

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