Building Well-Being in Human Services: Understanding the Neuroscience of Trauma

Work in health and human services fields such as social services, mental health, nursing, education, law enforcement, and other public agencies with both children and adults comes with  much reward and cost.  Often those served have been significantly traumatized. Additionally, research shows that health and human services professionals have a higher incidence of traumatic stress and burnout, compared to the general population, as a result of this chronic exposure to human suffering.  

Trauma is complex.  It not only impacts individuals, but groups and organizations too.  Those who serve traumatized individuals must be aware of the many aspects of trauma in order to manage it in themselves and others.

This interactive and experiential training will provide attendees the latest neuroscience research to understand and interpret primary and secondary trauma-based feelings, thoughts, and actions.  Updated interventions to build resilience and promote employee and client health and well-being will also be offered.  Revising organizational cultures and practices has also been found to enhance employee resilience and increase employee retention.

Topics include: 

  • Neuroscience of trauma and its effects on the brain and body
  • Symptoms and signs of traumatic stress and burnout
  • Trauma-informed individual and organizational practices to optimize immunity, resilience, and recovery
  • Evidence-based self-care strategies and their challenges

Mindfulness meditation exercise will be facilitated by Dr. Cohen

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