Updated Trauma-Informed Ethics, Boundaries and Communication

For Bodyworkers, Mental Health & Social Services Professionals
This training is virtual via Zoom.

Date: April 24, 2023
Time: 9:30am-3:00pm with break for lunch
Cost: $95. Discounts available for students.

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Workshop Description:

This workshop is intended for healing and helping professionals who want to feel competent and compassionate providing care for clients with histories of trauma and toxic stress, as well as gain understanding into how our own histories influence how we show up in relationships with our clients. Recognizing how  primary and secondary trauma impacts a person’s physical, mental, and emotional functioning gives new insight into common ethical dilemmas encountered in healing practices. Participants will increase  their understanding of their own reactions to clients, and learn practical skills for clear, trauma-sensitive communication and boundary-setting practices, as well as techniques for remaining grounded and present in the face of trauma-linked reactions and behavior.

Learning Objectives:

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify common “triggers” of trauma-linked responses in clients, co-workers, or self.
  2. Describe the impact of trauma on the nervous system, and name three different types of trauma-linked responses.
  3. Understand potential impacts of trauma on relationships between clients and helping professionals, including communication and the setting and maintenance of appropriate boundaries.
  4. Create a personalized self-care strategy for remaining present and grounded while working with trauma-related responses in self and others.


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. Prior to this position she coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force in Oregon. For the last 30 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence. She has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings on many related topics and has provided direct services and support to youth and adults impacted by violence, abuse and other forms of trauma and oppression. 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.

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