This course will provide an overview of various types of trauma, its impact on the human brain, recognition of trauma-related behaviors, and research-based elements of a trauma-informed organization. It will also address self-care strategies as an antidote for the secondary or vicarious trauma often experienced by helping professionals. This course is designed to be a refresher course for agency staff and partners in all departments, and is not intended to replace the CA CORE courses for social workers.

Topics Include:
 
  • Understanding what trauma is and its prevalence in our own lives and the lives of the families we serve.
  • Discussing the benefits of working with children and families through a trauma-informed lens.
  • Reviewing research regarding the impact of trauma on the body, brain, and behaviors.
  • Identifying your role in a trauma-informed organization.
  • Exploring emerging positive practices such as resiliency, post-traumatic growth, and healing centered engagement.
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of secondary-vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue.
  • Making a plan to implement stress & fatigue reducing self-care techniques.
Course Code
505391