Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Workshop Description:
In this very interactive workshop we will cover the prevalence and impact of trauma in our communities. Information gained from local survivors on what happened, what hurt, what helped and how to be better supporters of healing will be presented. We will cover practical ways to prevent further trauma and to support and promote healing. Participants will identify, learn and practice strategies they can use in their personal and professional lives to support survivors and build resilience. We will provide information and tools to prevent and manage the impacts of exposure to trauma and for promoting safety and well-being for caregivers. This workshop is open to survivors, friends, family and community members, and professionals. NASW Credits available for $20.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe the prevalence and impact of violence, abuse and other forms of trauma on the individuals, organizations and communities we work with
  • Explain the intersection of trauma, stress and toxic stress
  • Discuss key findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, and how these findings are being used to provide sensitive care
  • Identify key brain structures and processes involved in stress and trauma reactions, and describe behavioral presentations associated with these processes

Trainers: 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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