Sustaining Ourselves: Workforce Wellness in the Face of Trauma

Workshop Description:
This workshop is for professionals who work with survivors of trauma and for lead staff and administrators working to develop and sustain workers and workplaces that are healthy for everyone. As many of us recognize, providing care and support for survivors of violence, abuse and other forms of trauma can be both rewarding and emotionally taxing.  Survivors who take on this work – especially survivors who have done their own healing – can be very powerful advocates and allies. However, to thrive personally and professionally in these roles, we need processes that actively promote healing, personal growth, and professional development in the face of difficult stories and experiences that come up while working with vulnerable people. This workshop is an opportunity to explore the impact of trauma on workers and organizations and to develop trauma-sensitive strategies for supporting the health and well-being of staff and organizations serving survivors of trauma.

This training meets Oregon state requirements for continuing education credit for many professional licenses, including LPC’s, LMFT’s, and LCSW’s.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will:

  1. Understand the prevalence and impact of trauma in the workplace
  2. Learn the distinction between “vicarious” and “unresolved” trauma and why it matters
  3. Understand the benefits of “trauma-informed supervision” for workers and supervisors
  4. Identify personal, professional and organizational “next steps” for incorporation wellness practices in workplace culture

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


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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