Continuing Education program

Trauma-Informed Care Services and Support

Integration Solutions, Inc. provides a wide range of training programs to educate stakeholders and key institutions about trauma-informed care and resilience. We are committed to equipping you with requisite knowledge and skills to help you serve your community better.

Live Classes, Webinars, and On Demand Workshops

IT IS TIME TO C.A.R.E.! Integration Solutions is proud to announce our partnership with Narutka International! Four years in the making, we are able to provide a program that is truly centered on the resolution of childhood trauma by building awareness and skills for those who desire to improve the level of C.A.R.E for the community they live in, the people they serve, their families and themselves.

International speaker, educator and expert on Resilience, Dr. Allison Jackson has also joined Narutka International University as Dean of Behavioral Sciences and Emotional Agility & Resilience. We will be incorporating Trauma-Informed/Emotional Agility & Resilience into our courses, workshops and every program we offer as well as a staff trained to C.A.R.E.

The final week in the series includes a live question and answer session with Dr. Allison!

Trauma Past, Trauma Present: Use of Attachment Theory and Trauma-Informed Practice to Enhance Self-Regulation and Relationship Skills

Integration Solutions is proud to continue to offer this webinar in partnership with the Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work. In this webinar, you will learn how to leverage your knowledge in trauma-informed practice in helping people manage their emotions well. For more information, you may check out the following resources:

Current Live Events

May 17th

Cannot attend but want to help provide more Trauma Informed Services in Jails?

You can donate here through our non-profit partner Integrative Minds. 

Special Programs

We can design a program that specifically targets the needs of your organization. Get in touch with us today, and let us know how we can work together.

Consultation

If you want to learn more about trauma-informed care and resilience, reach out to us. We’ll be more than happy to lend our expertise to you.

Exemplar Trauma-and-Resilience-Informed Training Programs

Trauma and Resilience Basics Course Description

70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives, 223.4 million people. Adverse Childhood Studies show that many of these traumas occur before age 18 and result in disrupted brain development, adoption of at risk health behaviors, and increases the risk for disease, disability and social problems in children and adults, including developing physical and mental illness. The Center of Disease Control recognizes this epidemic requires a public health response at a national level, state and local level. Evidence has shown that by implementing trauma informed practices within all human service systems impacting youth, adults and their families, individuals are empowered to build their resilience and enhance their overall health and well being.

Trauma informed care asks all human service professionals to realize the widespread impact of trauma, recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, and respond by integrating trauma informed knowledge into all policies, procedures and practices while actively resist re-traumatizing the youth, families and adults we serve.

In response to this national public health issue, your community is working towards building a trauma informed youth, family and adult service systems.

“A trauma informed [human service] system is one in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the varying impact of traumatic stress on children, adults, their caregivers, providers of service and others who have contact with the system. Programs and organizations within the system infuse this knowledge awareness and skills into their organizational cultures, policies and practices.

They act in collaboration, using the best available science
to facilitate and support resiliency and recovery.”
(adapted from Hendricks, Conradi, & Wilson, 2011, p.189)

One of the first steps in building trauma and resiliency informed communities, is assuring a trauma and resiliency informed educational foundation for all our human service leaders, professionals, community partners, parents, caregivers, and youth. In a trauma and resilience informed 360 approach, anyone invested in improving the well-being of our communities needs to understand the basic principles of the impact of trauma and the responsibility we all hold in building individual and community resilience.

The Trauma and Resilience Basics Course Provides participants with an understanding and skill base in the five (5) following areas:

  1. Understanding Trauma – The Most Basic Public Health Issue: Adverse Childhood Experiences and their impact on youth and adults’ overall wellbeing
  2. Trauma’s Impact on the Brain: Upstairs/Downstairs brain model, Basic Skills anyone can use to connect and redirect someone in a heightened states of stress
  3. Trauma’s Impact on At-Risk Health Behaviors: Responding to the person’s NEED, not reacting to their BEHAVIOR
  4. Building Individual Resilience with Every Day Action: Promoting Self-Regulation, Positive Self-Identity, and Co-Regulation Skills in others lives and our own
  5. Building Community Resilience: Understanding the Virtuous Cycle, Building and Engaging in Trauma Informed Community Networks, the power of Collective Impact Models of Resilience and how they improve our communities health outcomes

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare selected trainers to utilize the Trauma and Resilience Basics Course in their training work within their agency as well as in offering it to community partners.

The course involves:

  • Selected Trainers will participate in a 90 minute webinar with Dr. Jackson to prepare them for the 8 hour Train the Trainer Session and give them opportunity to review all materials and organize them prior to training day (recommended 3 weeks prior to Train the Trainer Session)
    • Note this session is recorded so if a trainer misses this webinar they are required to watch the 90 minute webinar prior to Train the Trainer
  • Taking the 3-4 hour Trauma and Resilience Basics Workshop as a participant
  • Participating in a 8 hour Train the Trainer session with a Certified Train the Trainer (Dr. Allison Jackson)
  • During the 8 hour session, participants will actively work in groups to prepare the material for their skill section and actually present this material to the group
  • Participants will be given feedback on the strengths and opportunities for growth in their presentation delivery
  • All participants are given access to google drive account where all materials they need for providing this training are located

Learning Collaborative for Trauma and Resilience Basics Train the Trainer

  • 6 month learning collaborative, 90 minutes per month
  • Determination of length can be made based on experience over 6 month and a 3 month extension requested and contracted for if needed at that time
  • Involves selected a Regular Monday or Friday 90 minute time period to have webinar calls for trainers each month
  • Calls will be recorded on stored on google drive link for those who miss class or want to re-watch
  • Call Agendas will move through the sections of the workshop and focus on building skills to teach this content
  • 30 minutes plus will be reserved for questions and concerns where participants can express needs and get feedback to enhance their training abilities

A key issue in trauma informed practice is supporting individuals in separating past experiences from present experiences so that their intrapersonal and interpersonal functioning can be enhanced. For many clinicians, finding an effective model for supporting children and adults with chronic forms of trauma that preclude healthy relationships, self-care, and day to day living, is a challenge. Yet, current trauma-informed practices offer a solution to this challenge.  Based on current literature, phase oriented treatment is the “gold standard” in trauma informed care and services. This course will briefly review connections between trauma, attachment and the brain. Trauma Informed Assessment tools will be used with simulated clients (via role play practice in small break out groups and larger demonstrations) to begin a systematic phased intervention designed to address self-regulation and coping skills, trauma resolution and finally reorganization of client’s memory networks so that they are able to separate past experiences in relation-ships from current experiences in relationships. The course will be inter-active and apply treatment planning and intervention skills to direct practice that participants engage in during the seminar.

Instructor:  

Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP and Certified Facilitator of Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ curriculums (CDWF) focuses on advancing effective trauma informed clinical and organizational practices. Specialties include using attachment, mindfulness, and neuroscience interventions to enhance clinical and organizational practices. She is a person of lived experience and a professional having provided services via Behavioral Health, Education, Child Welfare and Criminal Justice systems for over 20 years. For 13 years, she served within an international healthcare organization first as mentor and finally as their VP of Clinical Operations and National Trauma Informed Service Line Leader. Partnering with the National Council of Behavioral HealthCare, she co-led 17 National Teams through the Council’s Trauma Informed Learning Collaborative. Today, Dr. Jackson is the CEO of Integration Solutions, providing trauma informed care consultation to human service and healthcare organizations furthering their integration of resilience practices to consumers via TIC organizational culture principles.  https://integrationsolutions.org

Learning Objectives –

Participants will be able to:

  • Verbalize impact of past trauma’s intrusion on present thoughts, feelings and behaviors
  • Explain trauma’s impact on present behavior to child and adult client using trauma informed model via workshop practice sessions
  • Verbalize how trauma impacts brain’s ability to problem solve and use cognitive skills in treatment sessions
  • Verbalize 3 phases of trauma informed treatment as defined by the current literature
  • Verbalize how to organize treatment plans focusing in on trauma symptoms and resilience based replacement coping skills
  • Explain trauma’s impact on the brain directly to child and/or adult clients and raise client’s awareness of “fight/flight/or freeze behaviors” impact on present challenges in living
  • Verbalize and utilize self and co-regulation techniques that can be used in Phase One of Treatment
  • Verbalize trauma resolution methods available to be used in Phase Two of Treatment

Verbalize key areas of concern that frequently occur during Phase Three of Treatment and how clinicians can respond

Course Agenda:

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Overview and Review of Key Trauma Impact Areas (Attachment, Brain, Body, Self-Regulation, Self-Identity, and Co-Regulation)Review of Adverse Childhood Experiences What does this mean for adults and practitioners? What does it mean for children of caregivers who have high ACE scores?
Overview of Trauma the Brain
Overview of Phase Oriented Treatment
Trauma Screening Tools and Potential Assessment Tools
Beginning the Work and Setting Expectations for Treatment using a Phase Oriented Model Fictional Case Study (Child and Caregiver)
Reviewing Assessment with Client
Explaining Model of Care to Client
Creating Targets for Change with Client in a Treatment Plan
(ROLE PLAY/PRACTICE)
Phase One of the Work PHASE ONE TREATMENT Safety and Stabilization Safety Planning, Lowering Arousal, Self-Regulation, Self-Awareness, Education, Skill Development and Selection, Building Social Supports and Enhancing Coping

ROLE PLAY/PRACTICE – Incorporate in Treatment Plan and Outcome Monitoring (scales/feedback)
Phase Two and ThreeREVIEW OF PHASE ONE- Questions
PHASE 2 – Specialized Skills in Memory Reprocessing
PHASE 3 – Integrating Skills into Daily Life Engaging Self-Reflection and the “Learning Brain” (PRACTICE with Daily Awareness and Monitoring)

“Trauma Past, Trauma Present: Understanding and Applying Important Skills in Trauma Informed Phase Oriented Treatment”

Taught By: Allison Sampson, PhD, LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP

Dates/Times:

Course Level: Entry Level/Intermediate

For more information please visit our website www.integrationsolutions.org

Use of Attachment Theory, Trauma Models, and Neuroscience in Clinical Practice with Youth with Problems with Conduct

Research suggests that trauma is a key to understanding the development and persistence of conduct disorder in youth. For this reason, evaluating its impact on the youth’s biological and social health is crucial. Before engaging in a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment, you first have to be knowledgeable about trauma and its effects on the development of an individual. This way, you can come up with a more programmatic treatment planning.

Most of the time, youth with conduct-related problems have experienced many traumatic experiences via their relationships with others (physical abuse, domestic violence, and community violence), making them express hyper-vigilance to any perceived threats to their safety. This can be the result of major biological alterations and severe psychosocial impairments caused by traumatic events. Given this evidence-based support, it seems logical for professionals working with them to differentiate between aggressive behaviors manifesting solely from “faulty thinking” from those resulting from physiologically based responses, with roots racing back to traumatic interpersonal experiences. Through this approach, they can make more appropriate and informed treatment decisions.

The purpose of this training stems from these important issues. We have designed our courses to support a range of human service professionals in approaching conduct-related problems in clients (including sexual behavior problems and RAD symptoms) using trauma models, attachment theory, neuroscience, and some more biologically based biofeedback interventions. Targeting the impact of trauma on these youths’ ability to express empathy, impulsivity, anger, acting out, and resistance to treatment is discussed.

Trauma and Youth: Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Shared Learning Collaborative

Originally Sponsored by Virginia's Department of Criminal Justice Services, we continue to offer a three-hour and two-day workshop model for stakeholders of children and families who have experienced trauma. This program will help you understand better what trauma does to a person. The three-hour training defines child traumatic stress, including its types, its impact on the brain across developmental stages, and its behavioral manifestations.

When reaching out to the youth, we also work with their families. Given the growing understanding of cross-generational trauma, the impact of trauma on caregivers will also be reviewed. The discussion will differentiate treatment approaches that support, rather than impede, the successful engagement of those working with youth individuals and across systems.

Highlights Include:

  • Defining trauma
  • Adverse childhood experience study
  • Prevalence of trauma in youth and caregivers
  • Impact of trauma on the brain
  • Trauma and adoption of “at-risk” health behaviors
  • Trauma-informed treatment: What is the gold standard and what works?
  • Trauma-informed care for youth and family service systems: NCTSN standards

The two-day training includes the above three-hour training. However, the great part is that this program includes four hours of learning direct trauma-informed practice skills as well as a shared learning collaborative experience.

The shared learning collaborative will build upon the first session, taking those working directly with youth into a deeper level of practice and understanding of how to be a trauma-informed professional and organization. In this session, participants will learn the following:

  • How to apply direct skills to youth and families who have experienced trauma
  • Seven components (domains) of being a trauma-informed youth and family service system
  • Practice developing a strategic plan for their agency and community, further enhancing trauma-informed care practices across these domain areas
  • How to explore with trauma screening tools to identify youth and caregivers with lived trauma experiences
  • How to think through the decision-making process for referring youth and caregivers to trauma-informed service providers
  • The impact of trauma on human service professionals
  • Specific skills that will support their own resiliency so that they can continue to support youth and families in their healing process