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Integrating a Trauma-Informed Approach in Behavioral Health Settings (TIA) Enhanced Professional Learning Series




Integrating a Trauma-Informed Approach in Behavioral Health Settings (TIA)

Enhanced Professional Learning



Over the past 20 years, a growing understanding of the pervasive and harmful impact of traumatic events on individuals, families, and communities has led to the emergence of research on the effects of trauma and treatment strategies to address mental health and substance use disorders. According to SAMSHA, trauma is a widespread, harmful, and costly public health problem, occurring because of violence, abuse, neglect, loss, disaster, war, and other emotionally harmful experiences. While many people who experience a traumatic event do not have lasting negative effects, others experience more difficulty with traumatic stress reactions. Research has documented the relationship between exposure to traumatic events and substance use. For example, approximately 20%-90% of individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD) have a history of childhood trauma and 37% to 52% have a posttraumatic stress disorder diagnosis (Mergler et al, 2018). When it comes to trauma, there are no boundaries regarding age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, geography, or sexual orientation.

This online learning series will increase the skill level of behavioral health professionals to define and recognize trauma in individuals. Helping individuals affected by trauma to manage their symptoms using a strength-based approach minimizes re-traumatization and enhances practitioners’ ability to provide trauma-informed support.


Weekly sessions offered on the same day and start time between July 27 and September 7, 2023. Day and time will depend on your location. Click REGISTER NOW below to view the full schedule for your specific location. 



At the end of this TIA Enhanced Professional Learning Series, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least two (2) initial and two (2) ongoing reactions to trauma
  • Classify at least three (3) key elements of Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth (PTG)
  • Explain at least three (3) effects of trauma on various developmental stages
  • Evaluate at least two (2) common experiences that produce traumatic impact
  • Describe the Polyvagal Theory and at least three (3) brain/body responses to trauma
  • Distinguish at least two (2) system-wide impacts of trauma informed care
  • Determine at least three (3) core components of trauma and diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Name at least two (2) key elements in the relationship between childhood trauma substance use and suicidal ideation
  • Identify at least three (3) key principles of a trauma-informed care in treating substance use and mental health disorders


  • Behavioral health, substance use disorders, and recovery service providers located in the Pacific Southwest ATTC region (HHS Region 9)
  • Have experience or access to facilitating groups


  • Attend a 1-hour online Orientation
  • Commit to 6-weeks of live online training for 1.5 hours weekly 
  • Complete weekly self-study learning activities
  • Access to appropriate technology for using videoconferencing platform (internet connection, webcam, laptop/tablet, speakers, and microphone)
  • Be prepared and actively engage during scheduled series time


Space is limited to the first 35 registrants who will receive a grant-funded scholarship that covers the entire $350 cost of participation. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.  


  • Kate Speck, PhD, MAC, LADC

Please contact the NFARtec Workwise Staff at [email protected] or by phone at 775-784-6265 or 866-617-2816 (toll-free).   


Starts: Jul. 27, 2023 3:00 pm
Ends: Sep. 7, 2023 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 27, 2023
Event Type
Online Course
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