What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Core Course | taught by Elizabeth Power

Course description

Not sure what Trauma-Informed Care is all about? Wondering what trauma really is? Or maybe how many trauma survivors there are (we hear the word used so often these days!)?

Maybe you wonder what's going on with your friend's son who returned from the war and hides in the closet when there are fireworks.

It could be that your workplace provides social services or mental health care and it's the new buzzword, and someone told you you had to take this course (for that I am truly sorry! Even if it's a good course, it's more fun when you decide to do it for yourself..).

This course helps with all of these--it gives you multiple definitions of trauma (and where they come from); talks about what we know about how many people experience something traumatic; who reports what, and offers you a definition of Trauma-Informed Care.




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

What is Trauma?
Multiple definitions
Your Turn!
Discussion: How does a broader definition change your viewpoint?
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How many people experience trauma?
A word about numbers
1. Who's in therapy, counseling, or treatment
2. Who reports what to the authorities
3. What do various reports say
4. Assume universal exposure
QUIZ: Who counts what?
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How does trauma impact people (overview)?
Compare the definitions for impact
Why impact varies
Brain, DNA, Body
Impact on beliefs and decision making
Impact on the self-capacities
Other areas of impact
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What does Trauma Informed Care (TIC) mean?
Definition
Six key principles and select models
Beliefs and actions
QUIZ: Defining TIC
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Discuss: Your work and TIC
Engaging TIC
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