The impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system and how it can result in longer term symptoms at physical, psychological and emotional levels. A framework which describes different stages in the process of regulating and resolving the impact of trauma is reviewed and key principles and strategies that apply to a diverse range of impacts in children, adolescents and adults are explored. Participants will be given an opportunity to understand their own response as helpers to working with trauma and how to be better equipped to continue their work responding to trauma.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

Day 1
  • What is Trauma?
  • Types of Trauma
  • Definitions of Traumatic Impact
  • What Do We Know about Human Needs?
  • Trauma, the Body and the Brain
  • Survival Mode: Fight, Flight or Freeze
  • Impact of the Event
  • Trauma and Memory
  • Trauma – Immediate Symptoms and Impact
  • Trauma – Longer Term Impact
  • Trauma – Children and Adolescents
Day 2
  • Trauma and Recovery
  • Barriers to Receiving Support
  • Treating Trauma: Overview
  • Role of the Helper
  • Working with Boundaries
  • Dissociation
  • Additional Considerations: Suicide
  • A Note on Complex Grief
  • Trauma and Substance Abuse
  • Signs of Health
  • Therapeutic Lenses
  • Additional Therapeutic Tools
  • Vicarious Traumatization



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Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review and small group discussion

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social workers, social service and health care professionals, teachers and anyone working with people who have experienced trauma.