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Connecting Paradigms: Positioning Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing and Other Best Practices for Improved Outcomes

  • 10/10/2023
  • 10/11/2023
  • 2 sessions
  • 10/10/2023, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM (MDT)
  • 10/11/2023, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM (MDT)
  • Zoom webinar
  • 53



Inspired by his over 20 years working with the trauma-informed care paradigm which resulted in his acclaimed books, Matt Bennett is excited to partner with The Network to present Connecting Paradigms: Positioning Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing & other Best Practices for Improved Client Outcomes. Harm reduction, Motivational Interviewing (MI), trauma-informed care, and other best practices provide tools and approaches that assist us in helping those we serve. While these paradigms increased capacity to meet the ever-changing needs of clients, less attention has been paid to bringing these together in a coherent model designed to improve quality and client outcomes.

This reality led Matt to write Connecting Paradigms: A trauma-informed & neurobiological framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation (2017) and, the follow-ups, Talking about Trauma & Change (2018), Heart Rate Variability: Using biometrics to improve outcomes in trauma-informed organizations (2020). Together, these books provide an innovative approach to helping those struggling with past trauma to make critical life changes and heal from trauma. Connecting Paradigms presents an integrated model, combining research in neurobiology, trauma, behavioral change, harm reduction, and Motivational Interviewing into a practical skillset easily implemented across a variety of settings and professional backgrounds.

This workshop introduces the core concepts presented in the books in a practical way that allows for immediate implementation. A quick-paced and dynamic training, participants learn MI skills in the context of trauma-informed care, harm reduction, and the Spirit of MI. Many of our clients face critical changes if they are to reach the health outcomes we hope for them. The training gives providers the approaches needed to maximize their time and work with clients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how trauma, neurobiology, and epigenetics inform interventions and communications.
  2. Apply the Connecting Paradigms model for client interventions and program development.
  3. Utilize harm reduction, stages of change, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and other best practices together to improve outcomes.
  4. Conceptualize what developments in neurobiology and epigenetics tell us about healing from trauma and behavioral change.
  5. Develop skills to integrate trauma-informed Motivational Interviewing into your work with clients.

Eligible for 6 hours Certificate of Completion

Matt Bennett is a relentless advocate for trauma-informed care and other interventions that help people and communities heal. His passion manifests in his books Connecting Paradigms, Talking about Trauma & Change, Heart Variability, and Trauma-Sensitive Early Education as well as his Trauma-Informed Lens and Heart Rate Variability Podcasts. Mr. Bennett combines his masters’ degrees in community psychology and executive development/nonprofit management and business administration with his practical experience as a therapist and leader to develop research-based solutions to improve the health of individuals, staff, organizations, and systems.

As a sought-after trainer, Mr. Bennett utilizes a participant-centered approach, which includes interactions and adult learning activities to maximize learning, retention, and application. Mr. Bennett’s presentations are a dynamic dance of innovative research, practical applications, and a passion for the art and science of helping others.

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