Trauma-Informed Training and Consultation
LUK has expertise on training community groups and caregivers in the impact of trauma by utilizing a variety of evidence-informed curricula. The following are examples of available trainings:
- Trauma 101 trainings provide a foundation regarding the impact of trauma on a child’s development, brain, belief system, and family system. The impact of trauma is linked to strategies for engaging families and strengthening care planning. Training participants are presented with an overview of the differences between trauma screening and assessment and various evidence-based interventions used in Massachusetts that demonstrate positive outcomes. The curriculum is informed by NCTSN products (e.g., RPC, Think Trauma).
- Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) trainings focus on exposure to key trauma-informed concepts and organizational assessments. Participants will learn best practices related to the implementation of TIC and develop sustainable implementation designs.
- Caring for Children who Have Experienced Trauma: A workshop for Resource Parents (aka RPC) focuses on crucial aspects of trauma-informing caregivers. The goals are: 1) To educate resources parents on the impact of trauma on the development and behavior of children in foster care; 2) To provide resource parents with the knowledge and skills to respond appropriately to the behavioral and emotional challenges of traumatized children and to help traumatized children develop healthy attachments, recognize and develop their strengths, and develop the coping strategies needed to grow into healthy and functional adults; and 3) To take care of themselves and seek support from others. Research has demonstrated that pairing foster parent training with supportive intervention increases chances of a positive exit (e.g., parent/child reunification) and mitigates the risk-enhancing effects of a history of multiple placements (Price et al., 2008). LUK co-chairs the Resource Parent Curriculum committee for NCTSN. The RPC utilizes didactic and interactive instruction.
*LUK can offer agencies a process to train additional facilitators in RPC for a cost. Click here for Resource Parent Curriculum Training for Facilitators Intensive Learning Community.
- Problem-Based Learning (PBL) provides a sound foundational understanding of psychological trauma, its assessment and interventions. PBL prepares learners for further training in the implementation of evidence-based treatments. PBL is specifically designed to strengthen clinical knowledge and clinical reasoning skills while encouraging the integration of cultural, developmental, strength-based, and systems perspectives in work with trauma-exposed youth and families (based on the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma, NCTSN, 2015).
- The Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) Training utilizes products from the NCTSN’s STS committee to educate human service agencies on the impact on staff of working with traumatized children and their families. STS refers to the experience of people, usually professionals, who are exposed to others’ traumatic stories as part of their jobs and as a result, can develop their own traumatic symptoms and reactions. The training includes symptoms of compassion fatigue and best practices toward prevention and intervention.
- The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit has been used by child welfare workers since 2006. Its Comprehensive Guide was developed by the NCTSN Child Welfare Committee to assist child welfare workers to learn about the impact of child traumatic stress among children in this service system. The Toolkit focuses on the prevalence of trauma, its impact on development and the brain, and the importance of assessment and treatment.