Training Offerings for Professionals


 

BUILDING RESILIENCY IN CHILD ABUSE PROFESSIONALS

This curriculum developed by the Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime is designed to build resiliency in organizations serving child abuse victims.  Providers who work with abused children often emphasize the importance of building resiliency in these children and youth. However, they sometimes overlook the need to develop resiliency in themselves. If providers are unable to cope with the difficult situations inherent in their work, they are susceptible to secondary traumatic stress or burnout. To maintain a healthy perspective, providers must learn how to build their own individual resiliency. In fact, it is the ethical responsibility of the organization to create an environment that supports and encourages this critical strength.

The goal of this blended-learning training (webinars, independent study, face to face sessions)  is to identify the five individual elements of resiliency, and explore how they can be implemented in an organization through policies, supervisory techniques, and training.

This training is intended for professionals who work with abused and trauma-exposed children including any service provider who works within an agency that is interested in and willing to implement policies, supervisory techniques, and training that support resiliency.

Please note: This training consists of two Webinars held 2 weeks apart, short independent study assignments, followed by a 1-day face-to-face training, concluding with a final Webinar held several weeks following the face-to-face training.  An alternative face-to-face only format is also available.

CHILD-ADULT RELATIONSHIP ENHANCEMENT (CARE) TRAINING

CARE is a trauma-informed modification of specific PCIT skills for general usage by non-clinical adults who interact with traumatized children and their caregivers within various milieu settings.This is an interactive workshop for professionals that includes, but is not limited to, daycare providers, parents, foster parents, foster care caseworkers, child protection workers, child victim advocates, staff at domestic violence shelters, and non-clinical staff in residential treatment centers.

CARE utilizes the three P skills (Praise, Paraphrase and Point-out-Behavior) to connect with children and their caregivers, provide a set of techniques for giving children and their caregivers effective positive commands, and incorporate selective ignoring techniques to redirect problematic behaviors. CARE also contains a trauma education component to contextualize the use of these skills with the kinds of behaviors andproblems exhibited by many traumatized children and their caregivers.

Full and half day sessions are available.

COMPREHENSIVE CHILD TRAUMA ASSESSMENT 

Trauma exposure can have a profound impact on a child’s developmental trajectory across multiple domains of functioning.  Traumatized children are often misdiagnosed and provided ineffective psychosocial and medication treatment, and the underlying reasons for their symptoms are not addressed. A trauma-informed assessment assists with guiding adequate treatment for children.

This 3 hour workshop is designed for licensed mental health practitioners who work with traumatized children across various developmental stages and want to learn how to effectively and ethically provide a comprehensive framework for assessing the impact of trauma exposure on a child’s functioning. Learning objectives include being able to assess for trauma exposure and symptoms at various points of development (preschool, school-aged, and adolescence to late adolescence), understand differences among symptom presentations (trauma verses ADHD or co-occurring disorders), learn specific trauma assessment measures for children and their caregivers, and learn how to provide feedback to children and their families as well as other service providers working with the child.

SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS SOLUTIONS FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS

Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional distress that occurs from indirect exposure to traumatic material (e.g. first-hand accounts, visual images) experienced by others. Its symptoms mimic those of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Secondary Traumatic Stress is an occupational hazard of working with victims of violence, abuse, disasters, or any other traumatic event.  This cost of caring can cause job turnover, absenteeism, tardiness , and can threaten service delivery. 

This interactive, workshop is designed to assist individuals in preparing for and addressing secondary traumatic stress in their work settings, and is ideally suited for helping professionals in the fields of behavioral health, health care, child welfare, emergency services, corrections, law enforcement, or any field that works with trauma exposed persons

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, secondary traumatic stress and burnout
  • Screening methods for determining areas of risk, vulnerability and strength
  • Developing a personalized plan for identifying and treating compassion fatigue

Full and half-day sessions are available.

TRAUMA-FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment that is widely utilized with children ages 3 to 18 who have been exposed to a traumatic event and experience posttraumatic stress and other trauma-related symptoms. This intervention has been highly effective in improving symptoms and adaptive functioning in traumatized children and supporting non-offending parents participating in the treatment. TF-CBT can be used with a wide variety of populations including children living in foster care, military families, and ethnically diverse families, and it has been applied in multiple settings such as outpatient centers, homes, and residential treatment facilities.

This training will prepare licensed mental health practitioners to be proficient in delivering the treatment and for certification test requirements.  The training will include the initial program as well as 12 monthly consultation calls with a certified TF-CBT trainer. The focus of the training will be on the PRACTICE components of the model: Psychoeducation, Parenting skills, Relaxation and Affective modulation, Cognitive processing, Trauma narrative, In vivo mastery of trauma reminders, Conjoint child-parent sessions, and Enhancing safety and future developmental trajectory.

Two training offers are available at the UK Center for Trauma and Children which include the following:  1) A 2 day workshop plus 12 monthly consultation calls and 2) The Learning Collaborative plus 12 monthly consultation calls.  The Learning Collaborative is a unique training method and learning process in which participants meet and work together through multiple face-to-face training sessions and consultation calls while implementing their own TF-CBT cases. This process helps the participants with learning in depth trauma assessment skills, problem solving clinical challenges as they arise, and developing a plan for sustaining this intervention in their practice.  Senior leaders, program directors and clinical supervisors are also included in the training to support their staff in implementation.

This training is offered to both individuals and agencies.