The Center on Trauma and Adversity offers a series of trainings on a range of topics relating to trauma, neurobiology, healing, and resilience. We strive to stay in tune with training needs in the community and tailor offerings to the wants and needs expressed by our stakeholders. CEUs are available for social workers, counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists.  All disciplines interested in a given topic are encouraged to attend.

Beyond ACEs: Understanding Trauma and Building Resilience

This foundation-level training includes defining and recognizing the symptoms of trauma, understanding the long-term health consequences of traumatic exposure and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on individuals and communities, identifying signs and symptoms of secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma, and presents the basic principles of trauma-informed care and the role of resilience in healing. 

Building a Culture of Connection & Care: An Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Organizations and Systems

This foundation-level training addresses core components of the trauma-informed lens, including learning to identify how chronic workplace stress and parallel processes with traumatized clients can contribute to a trauma-organized system, how to avoid re-traumatization, and building resilience and relational health among trauma-exposed consumers and helping professionals. Participants also receive an overview of how to identify the symptoms of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue, and self-care steps to prevent and alleviate these hazards of helping professions.

Secondary Traumatic Stress and Self-Care

Secondary traumatic stress is a widespread concern among helping professionals who are regularly tasked with listening to experiences of violence, abuse, and other traumatic events. If not effectively managed, secondary traumatization can give rise to burnout, anxiety, and deteriorated professional functioning. This training helps participants recognize the signs and symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while providing concrete self-care strategies designed to prevent and manage secondary traumatic stress and build a resilient work team.

Racial Trauma

Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), refers to the mental and emotional injury caused by encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, and hate crimes. Any individual that has experienced an emotionally painful, sudden, and uncontrollable racist encounter is at risk of suffering from a race-based traumatic stress injury. In the U.S., Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are most vulnerable due to living under a system of white supremacy. This training defines individual and collective racial trauma and its historical context; helps participants understand similarities between non-identity-based and race-based traumatic stress; discusses identifying symptoms of racial trauma and its impact on clients; and discusses interventions to reduce race-based traumatic stress and strengthen racial socialization.

Length of Trainings: 1–3 hours of training, longer duration allows for application material
Trainers: 2 Masters of Social Work, Licensed Social Worker level trainers that will present the material and facilitate applied discussion

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Note: During COVID-19 pandemic, trainings are being offered in a virtual format. All trainings will be recorded and available for 30 days after the training date and at no additional charge to your organizations. Length of training may be limited to 60-90 minutes. We are happy to work with your organization to figure out what is the right training and format.

Keynote Addresses

Center on Trauma and Adversity affiliates are available for keynote presentations. Please email with your inquiry.