Using Our Knowledge to Provide Trauma Informed Care Treatment Services 

A 3-Part Series

Trauma is the expectation, rather than the exception, among a majority of the populations referred for behavioral healthcare services with 90% of mental health clients having been exposed to trauma.   We need to presume clients we serve have a history of traumatic stress and exercise "universal precautions" by creating systems of care that are trauma-informed (Hodas, 2005). In order to avoid the re-traumatization of clients it is necessary for organizations to understand the complexity of trauma.
This 3-part "Trauma Informed Care" hybrid series is designed to raise awareness, education, inform, and move participants from a working knowledge to focusing on the impact of trauma on families and communities and potential treatment mechanisms.
The Series builds upon each session. If you missed a session please, watch the recording before attending next session.

Part I: Trauma and Trauma Informed Care Defined

Format: Webinar
Live date: July 28, 2016
Presented by: Karen Goodman, LMSW, MHP, Clinic Manager, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Handout: PowerPoint
This awareness raising webinar explores and provides an understanding of trauma's impact within our society, workforce, families, and communities.
  • Define Trauma and Trauma Informed Care 
  • Identify and discuss the core principles of a trauma informed care treatment environment and translate what this means for each practitioner and their organization 
  • Be aware of Acute/Chronic, Stress/Complex and, Systems induced Trauma 
  • Identify causal factors of Chronic/complex and system induced Traumas 
  • Review and discuss the biological and emotional responses to Trauma (as patients, clinicians and organizationally) 
  • Recognize the importance of resilience and protective factors in reduction of traumatic responses 
  • Be aware of the impact of the ACES study; the importance of the study and how the application of the ACES will assist in the identification, treatment and prevention of trauma. 
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Part 2: The Prevalence of Trauma in Families and Community: A Virtual Conference

This virtual webinar begins with an opening plenary presentation entitled, “Understanding that Trauma is the Expectation, Rather Than the Exception in Families and Communities”.  Following the plenary presentation, each participant will select the virtual workshop session they would like to attend as outlined below.  Technological Support provided by the ATTC Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families and the ATTC Network Coordinating Office.

Plenary Presentation: Presented by Karen Goodman

Breakout Sessions

The Prevalence of Trauma in Women and Children: Presented by Karen Goodman

This awareness raising session will help providers understand the importance of developing a safe, calm and secure environment with supportive care to ensure the physical and emotional safety of persons served by the organization, especially women and children (who statistically are highest users of Mental Health Services).

  • Applying ACES in your community/organizations.
  • Understanding of trauma prevalence; importance of resilience and protective factors
  • The Impact of Trauma and co-mingling of substance abuse/addictions.
  • Recovery, consumer-driven and trauma specific services and treatments (Empowerment)

Trauma Informed Treatment for Men with Substance Use Disorders: Presented by Mark Sanders

Research indicates that the great majority of men with substance use disorders have a history of trauma. Many men have been robbed of a feeling vocabulary during their childhood and adolescent years making it difficult to express feelings related to their traumatic event. As they internalize these feelings they often turn to alcohol and other drugs to cope. Through its history of heavy confrontation addictions treatment can traumatize men even further. In this presentation you will learn: how to develop a trauma informed system of care for men with substance use disorders, how to create safety in individual and group therapy which can make men feel more comfortable in addressing trauma, trauma informed techniques that are designed specifically for men to help facilitate their recovery.

  • Strategies for developing a trauma informed system of care for men with substance use disorders.
  • Five strategies for creating safety for men in individual and group counseling.
  • Three trauma informed techniques that are designed for men to help facilitate their recovery. 
  • An awareness of various traumatic experiences that are common amongst men with substance use disorders.

The Prevalence of Trauma in Veterans: Presented by: Pamela Woll, MA, CADP

This awareness-raising session will help providers begin to formulate some concrete steps toward providing safe and effective services and support to service members, veterans, and their families.

  • Identify some key strengths of the military culture, the men and women who serve, and the families who support them
  • Discuss the challenges of military service, the prevalence of trauma, and the many forms of operational and post-deployment stress
  • Discuss the range of resources available to service members, veterans and their families, and challenges in access to those resources
  • Identify challenges that civilian providers experience in trying to assess the need and opportunities to serve veterans in their communities
  • Identify some crucial areas of study for civilians who want to provide safe and effective services to service members, veterans, and their families
  • Discuss the power of peer support for service members, veterans, and their families
  • Discuss the addiction treatment provider’s role in helping the community understand, welcome, and support service members, veterans, and their families
  • Identify a few concrete steps that providers can take to assess needs and opportunities, and to prepare for safe and effective services and support for service members, veterans, and their families

Part III: Practicing Trauma Informed Care: Using Our Trauma-Informed Knowledge To Provide Treatment Services and Self-Care

Wednesday, Sept 28, 2016
Face to Face Training & Recorded 
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CDT
Chicago, IL 
This workshop will use newly gained knowledge of Trauma and its impact in several ways to allow each participants attending to determine a suitable EBP based on skills and abilities as well as sustainability when there is no funding.  And to assure that a plan for Self-Care is reviewed and developed to lessen the impact of Secondary-Trauma and to keep Compassion Fatigue at bay.  
  • Providing a Trauma Informed Clinical Assessment 
  • Finding the appropriate EBP for treatment of Trauma
  • Discussion of two to three treatment approaches and how to find one that “fits” your practice and your organizational vision and mission.  
  • Evidence-Based and Promising Practice Interventions and Strategies reviewed and discussed, developing an outline for implementation
  • Development of an understanding of Secondary Trauma (Compassion Fatigue)
  • Developing a self-care plan; identifying techniques for caring for personal stressors
  • Clinicians will identify ways to complete Assessments using Trauma Informed “lenses” and what to do to lessen re-traumitizaiton as a practitioner, and organization.