What We Know About Healing

What We Know About Healing: From Traditional to Evidence-Based

This training will be done via Zoom – Invitation to join will be sent after registration.

Cost: $60. Discounts available for students and existing Trauma Healing Project Volunteers

To request partial scholarship support to attend this training, please fill out a Scholarship Request Form.

Workshop Description:

Individual and collective trauma and adversity have been part of life throughout human history as have efforts to survive and recover from them.  Whether or not they have been validated using the scientific method or experienced by people who have benefited from them, modern approaches to trauma have roots in traditional healing systems that have been in use for thousands of years.

This full-day, workshop-style training is a place for professionals doing trauma-healing work to look more deeply at the common elements across traditional and modern approaches to healing trauma and explore the place of these elements in your own approach to practice. We welcome professionals from the fields of mental and behavioral health, primary healthcare, and alternative and complementary healing arts including yoga, massage, acupuncture, and many more. This training is also open to anyone in the community who has been affected by trauma, or knows someone who has. The training will include information about models that can be supported or implemented at work and home environments, as well as identifying coping and healing strategies with complementary considerations.  This training is approved for continuing education credit by the National Association of Social Workers, and meets Oregon state continuing education requirements for many professional licenses, including LPC’s, LMFT’s.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the difference between ‘statistical significance’ and ‘effectiveness’
  2. Become familiar with available resources and aspects to consider when making decisions about referrals to or use of appropriate services and interventions
  3. Explore the similarities and differences between traditional and evidence-based healing approaches
  4. Gain insight into the importance of considering cultural and familial ‘ways of knowing’ related to trauma healing


Elaine Walters is the founding Executive Director of the Trauma Healing Project, an organization that provides professional and community training 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 20 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.

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