This course will train participants to implement evidence-based trauma-informed practices with good adherence and competence. As such, it is designed to increase participants' awareness of trauma and facility with the skills needed to more effectively work with traumatized clients. The training will provide information and research on what trauma is and is not, as well as its distinction from being "traumatized," as defined by the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders-5th Edition (DSM-5), the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and a recent work describing the special trauma challenges of individuals of color, "Urban Trauma," by Dr. Maysa Akbar.
Participants will also learn about the impact of trauma on child, adolescent and adult development, in particular brain development, genetics, and cognitive & social/emotional development. Finally, the training will describe evidence-based and highly practical screening, assessment and treatment/management strategies for Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma generally.
This course will also address (when applicable) the skills of relationship-building, general cognitive-behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing strategies, and having a strengths-based approach.