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Foundations and Applications of Trauma-informed Care

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Summary 

Foundations and Applications of Trauma-informed Care is designed to provide basic foundational knowledge of trauma-informed care with faith-based applications from leading Christian experts in the field. Based on SAMSHA’s principles of a trauma-informed approach, this course covers a wide variety of topics applicable to mental health professionals, pastors, coaches, teachers, healthcare workers and anyone providing direct care to hurting people.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will… 

  1. Discuss the foundations of a trauma-informed care approach from a faith-based perspective 
  2. Recognize common signs and symptoms of trauma and how to help those who have experienced trauma 
  3. Identify critical core listening skills and safe responses to trauma when sitting with victims of trauma  
  4. Analyze the impact of trauma on the brain and its functioning during and after a traumatic event 
  5. Explain the key differences between a traumatic event, trauma and complex trauma/C-PTSD 
  6. Identify what is considered an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) and the impact of childhood trauma throughout the lifespan  
  7. Recognize how trauma can impact an individual's emotional and behavioral reaction  
  8. Identify ways to be on-going support for someone who has experienced a traumatic event or is suffering from the impact of trauma 

Course Lessons and Descriptions 

TIC 101: Recognizing Trauma: How to Respond and Help    

Jennifer Ellers, M.A.  

It is now widely recognized that those in a caregiving role should have a complete picture of a person’s life situation, past, and present, to provide effective services with a healing or growth orientation. Past and present trauma deeply impacts the trajectory of life. In this lesson, Jennifer Ellers, M.A., reviews the importance and premise of trauma-informed care while highlighting the core principles of a trauma-informed approach to coaching and healing others. 

TIC 102: Becoming a Safe Listener: Core Listening Skills and Responses to Trauma    

Frederica Brooks Davis, Psy.D.   

Hearing stories of trauma can be difficult, no matter your level of training. In this session, Dr. Frederica Brooks Davis will share basic listening skills, how to help others share their story, and how to effectively respond to trauma stories and survivors.

TIC 103: The Neurobiology of Trauma   

Shannae Anderson, Ph.D.  

In order to help an individual heal from trauma, we must first understand what happens to the brain and its functioning during and after a traumatic event. In this lesson, Dr. Shannae Anderson will provide an in-depth review of how trauma impacts the mind, brain, and body with healing insights and perspectives. 

TIC 104: Complex Trauma: Core Issues and Trauma Bonds 

Shannon Wolf, Ph.D.   

Trauma may refer to a single incident, while complex trauma refers to a series of traumatic events that take place over a long period of time, like months or years. In this lesson, Dr. Shannon Wolf will discuss the differences between crisis, trauma, and complex trauma and how trauma bonds form and impact life and relationships. 

TIC 105: Shame, Blame, and Redemption     

Curt Thompson, M.D.   

Shame is an interpersonal, neurobiological state that disrupts the function of the mind both intra and interpersonally. This lecture will explore the features of shame from the perspective of interpersonal neurobiology in the context of a biblical anthropology for Christian clients, along with the psychotherapeutic and spiritual practices that lead to healing. 

TIC 106: Childhood Trauma, Families and Generational Influence    

Paul Bernard, Ph.D.  

Increasing numbers of children experience traumatic events in life. These adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration and lifelong health and opportunity. In this lesson, Dr. Paul Bernard discusses the impact of childhood trauma across the lifespan. 

TIC 107: Grief and Trauma: Understanding the Connection    

David Jenkins, Psy.D.  

Grief as a result of trauma can present a unique set of problems; trauma as a result of intense grief can also occur. In this presentation, Dr. David Jenkins processes grief and trauma, how they work together, and what to do when grief and trauma appear together. 

 TIC 108: Trauma, Mental Health Disorders and Addiction    

Warren Kinghorn, M.D.  

After a traumatic event or repeated trauma, people respond differently, experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioral reactions. In this lesson, Dr. Warren Kinghorn will discuss trauma and how it relates to mental health disorders and addiction. 

TIC 109: Sexual Trauma and Violence    

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.  

Sexual trauma has a profound impact on those who experience it whether in childhood or as an adult. It also carries a greater weight of stigma than many other times of trauma. Jennifer Ellers discussed the broader definitions of sexual trauma and interpersonal violence, reviews impacts and outlines type of support and assistance available to survivors. 

TIC 110: Vicarious Trauma    

Jennifer Ellers, M.A. and Kevin Ellers, D.Min.  

Vicarious trauma or secondary traumatic stress is a danger to all those who offer care to trauma survivors. Helpers must be aware of their risk of vicarious trauma and the steps that can be taken to protect themselves. In this lesson, Jennifer and Kevin Ellers also discuss keys for helper self-care and how to recognize signs of vicarious trauma in themselves and others. 

TIC 111: The Antidote to Trauma: Attachment Bonds and Safe Relationships    

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D. 

Understanding how trauma victims need reliable and healthy attachment security and, therefore how to engage in healthy relationships with their family and with God is an important aspect in trauma-informed care. In this lecture, you will learn how relationships shape our brain's ability to regulate emotion and how an important aspect for healing is for trauma victims to participate in safe, close, intimate relationships with God and others. 

TIC 112: Surviving and Thriving: Overcoming a Victim Mindset    

Leslie Vernick, M.A.  

Those who have been abused often continue self-identifying as victims long after their abuse. They get stuck feeling helpless and powerless over their feelings, their choices, and their life. This lecture will help anyone providing care to recognize how this mindset hinders recovery and growth with a plan for the road forward. 

TIC 113: The Church as a Healing Community 

Diane Langberg, Ph.D. 

In this session, noted trauma expert Dr. Diane Langberg will discuss the redemptive power as demonstrated by Christ in order to present a message of hope for the Church to be a healing community for those impacted by trauma. 

TIC 114: Multicultural Sensitivity in Trauma-informed Care    

Frederica Brooks Davis, Psy.D.  

Trauma intersects in many different ways with culture, history, race, gender, location, and language. An effective trauma-informed care approach to caring for individuals with compassion begins by acknowledging, respecting, and integrating the individuals' cultural values, beliefs, and practices in the healing process. 

 TIC 115: Moving On: Creating a Better Life and Tomorrow    

Georgia Shaffer, M.A.  

Our past in a lot of ways shapes our present and helps us identify who we are and where we are headed. Although we cannot undo the past, we can learn from it and begin a healing journey. In this lesson, Georgia Shaffer will provide impactful ways to help trauma victims know that healing is still possible, at the right time and in the right way. 

 Continuing Education 

15.00 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders. 

This training offered through Light University meets the ongoing CE requirements for counselors, life coaches, and crisis responders who are credentialed through the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) or one of its affiliate boards: the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counseling (BCPPC); the Board of Christian Life Coaching (BCLC); the Board of Mental Health Coaching (BMHC) and the Board of Christian Crisis and Trauma Response (BCCTR). For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: https://www.lightuniversity.com/continuing-education-statements/.