Applying Trauma Principles
This 12-session course, for which Enhancing Trauma Awareness and Deepening Trauma Awareness are pre-requisites, provides opportunities for participants to continue the journey of becoming more aware, sensitive and competent as family professionals with extensive trauma training. In addition to continuing to add to each person’s knowledge and skills base, participants are given opportunities to apply the research and principles of trauma to real-life situations as they share their own case studies with their colleagues, focusing on ways they are applying trauma principles. Groups then discuss and process the assessments, choices, and ways of applying principles each participant shares, further advancing each participant’s awareness, sensitivity, and abilities to intentionally apply trauma principles in real-life situations. Successful completion of all three IFP trauma courses and fulfillment of additional requirements can lead to certification as an IFP Trauma-Competent Professional.
Deepening Trauma Awareness
12-session workshop. Prerequisites: Enhancing Trauma Awareness.
The goals for this 12 session course are to continue the process of enhancing and enriching participants’ awareness, understanding and appreciation of the nature of trauma, essential concepts, facts and principles they can apply and present to parents and caregivers and discussions around the skills that allow for trauma-sensitive responses to children and adults who might be trauma-impacted.
Participants are encouraged to become more aware of the connections and impact trauma can have with regard to a myriad of related dynamics including attachment, fear, anger, trust, grieving, relationships, recovery, and healing.
Participants are invited to share in discussions around specific ways they can apply information in their personal and professional lives as a way to promote the transfer of training and encourage the intentional application of the information, principles and skills in real-life situations.
Enhancing Trauma Awareness
6-session workshop. Prerequisites: None.
The new research on trauma provides us with startling statistics and critical information about the devastating effects of both simple and complex trauma. Because of the profound effects and implications of trauma, especially in childhood, and the fact that trauma often is trans-generational, it is essential for all family educators to be highly trauma aware and equipped to educate families about the nature of trauma.
Because information in this course is presented in clear, easily understood and translated segments, family professionals can more easily share vital trauma information, principles and practical applications of this information and these principles with their parents/caregivers. This can empower parents and caregivers to greatly lessen or eliminate trauma on their families and to learn ways to intentionally avoid inadvertently re-traumatizing children.
Professionals can become clear and confident that they are providing family environments that are sanctuaries and can effectively employ interactive skills that promote health and healing from trauma.
6-session workshop. Prerequisites: None.
– Principles and properties of groups
– Ways to intentionally promote healthy group processes
– Key interactive skills in which all group facilitators need to be proficient
– Design approaches to maximize effective group dynamics
– Ways to identify and respond effectively to group members who are disruptive, distracting or detached
Using role-plays and feedback processes, participants will have opportunities to practice new skills and refine existing leadership techniques. Participants will be able to:
– Clearly and confidently describe typical parenting group processes and dynamics that can maximize the effectiveness of group experiences for parents and caregivers
– Demonstrate specific skills and approaches to effective group management
– Apply principles of effective group management in vivo
Processing Pain, Facilitating Healing
9 sessions. Prerequisites: Enhancing Trauma Awareness and Essential Communication Skills OR All three (3) Trauma Courses
Every life has its share of pain. Professionals need to be intentional about addressing the pain, grief, and loss their clients experience in order to be more effective as consultants and mentors. In this nine-session course, professionals working with children, adolescents and/or families or professionals who are supervisors are invited to explore the nature of the many forms pain can take: losses, traumas, deep injustices, loneliness and isolation, unremitting fear, and depression. We will engage in enhancing professionals’ approaches and skills to effectively process pain, grief, and loss so that instead of being debilitating, pain, grief and loss can be effectively addressed, resolved and healed, often resulting in powerful new insights about life and relationships.