Trauma-Informed Crisis Prevention, De-escalation and Recovery

This updated, highly interactive training sequence is open to community members and professionals interested in or currently supporting people experiencing crisis and other high-stress situations.

Date: April 21, 2023
Time: 9am – 3:30pm (with an hour for lunch)
Cost: $150
Includes pre-session study materials, 5 hours of interactive applied practice and training, and a follow-up 90-minute collaborative coaching session using case studies (dates and times TBD).

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Workshop Description:

People with histories of trauma are likely to have internal and external struggles that can interfere with communication, impede follow-through and generally frustrate those trying to help. In this very interactive workshop for first responders, front-line staff and social service professionals, we cover the impacts of trauma on behavior, learning and communication; trauma-sensitive relationship and rapport building; working with distressed individuals and conflict, and how to support workers in the aftermath of a traumatic event. Our very experienced trainers use scenarios, small groups and practice activities designed to support self-reflection and regulation and to gain skills in assessing and responding to a variety of escalated situations. Participants share and learn tips and techniques they use in their work at great benefit to the whole group.

Note: Registered participants will receive study materials beginning in early April and are expected to read and reflect on the materials prior to attending the live session on April 21st.  Two 90-minute practice group sessions will be scheduled based on participant availability.

Learning Objectives:

During this sequence, participants will:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of trauma, emotional regulation, creating conditions for support and emotional regulation, and trauma-informed scene safety
  2. Practice using unconditional positive regard, tools of the self, and disarming strategies to co-regulate and collaborate with people in various activated states
  3. Learn, practice and build de-briefing and reflective practice into work and life for increased resilience and growth


Elaine Walters is the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project, an organization that provides professional and community training, workforce support and direct healing support for survivors. She is involved in the effort to expand accessible trauma healing and restorative resources and practices and to implement trauma-informed care locally, regionally and state-wide.

Kyla Wetherell is a crisis counselor and clinical supervisor for the White Bird Crisis Team and has worked in crisis response for over a decade, including several years with CAHOOTS. She has designed trainings and workshops to teach basic crisis skills and is currently co-facilitating a support group for trauma survivors.

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