Trauma-Informed Practice for Direct Service Providers

  • 04/30/2018
  • 05/01/2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 04/30/2018, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • 05/01/2018, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
  • 44



This two-day training series provides a foundation of knowledge and skill in providing Trauma Informed Practice to clients of all walks of life. The training focuses on the enhancement of knowledge, skill and confidence in direct care providers. Information regarding stress and trauma will include common terms (e.g. stress, vicarious trauma, etc.), and will create an understanding of the holistic effects of stress and trauma on individuals, as well as the effects on direct service providers (e.g. compassion fatigue). This content will also provide an understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain, memory, behaviors and value systems. An overview of trauma's impact on the process of change will be discussed and basic skills will be presented and practiced. Basic Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) approaches will be utilized to apply ​this and other concepts to client scenarios. (No previous CBT or MI training is required, the basic concepts/skills will be explained in the training.)

By the end of the training series, you will be able to...

  • Explain this practice to a colleague
  • Understand the ways stress/trauma might impact clients and the service provider or care giver;
  • Describe ways in which change happens and trauma's effect on that process ;
  • Explore three ways you can be more trauma-informed in your work;
  • Identify at least one thing you could do for better self-care (or something you could teach a client or caregiver for better self-care);
  • Utilize trauma-informed practice to improve interactions with clients and caregivers; and
  • Develop a plan for utilizing trauma-informed strategies on the job.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Front-line workers and supervisors across mental health and human services sectors. Includes (but is not limited to) those working in assisted living, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, community and family services, juvenile justice, corrections.

Eligible for 12 CEUs

Presenter: Tracy L. Hutchinson, LPC, MAC

Tracy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC III). She has been working in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for the past 40 years. Currently, through her Counseling and Consulting private practice, Tracy is an approved OBH trainer for Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC) courses. She is a facilitator of professional growth and development for team building. Additionally, she creates and facilitates experiential/expressive personal growth retreats. Tracy was the author, narrator and co-producer of Levels Meditation, produced in 2001.

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