Trauma Intervention

Boy Against WallTrauma impacts students’ ability to learn whether it is the result of a catastrophic event that occurs on campus or is an event that is witnessed by students who then return to school unable to concentrate.  Often the traumatic responses students display are misdiagnosed as learning disabilities ranging from ADHD to conduct disordered.  No matter what the cause of the trauma, students’ abilities to succeed academically are often compromised.  This workshop provides an understanding of the internal changes that occur for victims and survivors of trauma and gives a clear understanding of effective techniques, skills and approaches.

Day One is a full day on the biochemistry and physiology of trauma, its impact on the brain, differentiating counseling and intervention techniques that are effective vs. counter-productive.  Content for Day One includes:

  • biochemistry and physiology of trauma in the body
  • functional and structural changes in the brain following exposure to traumatic events
  • difference in brain function for bystanders/witnesses vs. emergency responders
  • difference in CISM and trauma intervention for victims/witnesses
  • psychological, physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of trauma
  • factors influencing level of trauma

Day Two is entirely skill-building specific to trauma intervention.  This model is specifically designed for use with youth and in schools.  It is effective for adults as well, but this specifically addresses both recovery following events that occur on school grounds (working with groups of students exposed to an event) and individuals who witness an isolated incident during non-school hours off campus.


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