According to the American Counseling Association (2014), specialized training and supervision are required before engaging in counseling in any specialty area. Therefore, without formal trauma training to support ethical and informed clinical practice with this vulnerable population, counselors are at risk for practicing outside the bounds of their competency. The American Mental Health Counseling Association (2009) also recommends that counselors have specialized training in trauma. Trauma-competent counselors apply trauma-focused clinical skills and evidence-based intervention to their clinical practice.
*There will be no charge for attendees this year (Last year cost: $30-$55 per person). However, if you would like to make a donation, you will have the opportunity in the registration link.
Training participants will demonstrate knowledge in the following core trauma concepts:
- Respect for clients as experts of their own unique experience and individualized treatment needs.
- Acceptance of individuals surviving trauma and their unique experiences.
- A non-judgmental and neutral attitude.
- Confidence in their clients’ ability to recover from the effects of trauma.
- The survivor is in control of his/her recovery experience.
- Knowledge about common elements of evidence-based interventions, core trauma concepts, and trauma-competent practice.
- Knowledge about common elements of trauma-focused intervention and treatment.
- Current trauma literature and evidence-based practice.
- The neurobiology of trauma and how the brain processes traumatic experience.
- The effects of trauma on individual domains of functioning (cognitive, emotional, physical, spiritual, relational, and identity).
- Trauma symptoms vary and are adaptations for survival.
- Understanding of contextual and systemic factors