What changes when we become Trauma-Informed and -Responsive?

Core Course | taught by Elizabeth Power

Course description

Being Trauma-Informed or Trauma-Responsive is more than adding these words in to proposals, policies, and marketing materials. It spans the range of considering political and personal ideas to revamping physical plants and changing organizational dynamics.

In this course, you'll think about power and control as central issues in Trauma-Informed Care, and then consider issues like Colonization, vulnerable populations, and how reframing language and relational processes might make a difference. You'll think about how policy might impact becoming TI, and how the physical environment can shape healing.

Why? Because each of us learns a frame of reference, or way of looking at the world, based on experience, education, culture and the work we do. Seldom do we think from additional frames--the multidisciplinary approach that combines information from many fields. This helps us "wake up" to new ideas--and that's the goal of the TIA.

Elizabeth Power
Elizabeth Power
Master Facilitator

With more than two decades helping people learn about trauma, Elizabeth Power, M.Ed. is a master facilitator. Her firm provides services worldwide helping organizations implement Risking Connection(R), address organizational changes required to become trauma-responsive, and focus on reframing the experience of relating to survivors of traumatic experiences. She is also known for her work in creating replication materials for evidence-based treatments and for helping people adapt programs to reflect their culture and values.

Perhaps equally important is that she brings lived experience to the work, reflecting not just current theory and research but also the process of recovering from overwhelming experiences in her life.

She has worked with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Center for PTSD, Children's Institute of Los Angeles, Indian Health Services, Hale Kipa, the Queen's Hospital in Honolulu, Ku Aloha Ola Mau, Salvus Clinic in Moncton NB, and many more. She delivers instructor led training to over 2000 people each year.

Course Curriculum

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Our awareness of issues of power and control
How we think about power and control
Power over or with?
How power is evident
Quiz: Power and control
Discussion: About power
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Recognition of the impact of power and control on vulnerable populations
About being vulnerable
Who's vulnerable and why?
How does vulnerability risk oppression?
Quiz: Vulnerability
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Language and its use become more important
"Tribal" language
The clinical dialect
The language of mental health diagnoses
Language matters
QUIZ: Language
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Relational skills become more central
Trauma involves relationships
Relationships help healing
"Sturdy" relationships
QUIZ: Trauma and relationships
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Policy shifts with TIC
Editing policies
Content neutral language
Address "double-speak"
DISCUSS: the power of language
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Changes in physical environment
Setting up spaces
Color, space and light
DISCUSS: Environment and health
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