Introduction To Trauma-Informed Practice

We take a decolonial approach to setting the foundation of this work together, engaging our minds, bodies, emotions and relationships. We focus on learning through experience, and will connect with larger socio-political and historical contexts as well as your own inner world.

In this three hour session you can expect to:

Explore how a trauma-informed approach has roots in Indigenous practices of resistance and resilience;

Connect with your own practices, from your own traditions, in order to do trauma-informed work from a centered place;

Learn how trauma, including trauma resulting from structural violence, impacts the nervous system;

Generate your own “map” of embodied practices that help you find an internal place of connection, safety and dignity;

Explore questions relevant to your setting and context with your peers and experienced practitioners;

All Our Relations: Working With Others And Trauma-Informed Support

Most of us as leaders and human beings do not want to traumatize other people. Yet there are many normalized workplace interactions that can become re-traumatizing to people by eliminating choice, creating safety for some (but not for others), and making access to information opaque. In this three hour experiential session we will help you recognize how trauma shows up interpersonally, and apply key principles that allow you to respond in ways that resist re-traumatization. Join us making trauma-informed approaches the new normal standard of care in your setting.
You can expect to:

Learn the paradigm shifting question to ask in a trauma-informed approach;

Recognize signs of trauma responses in interpersonal interactions;

Map personal anchor points to help you avoid escalating a situation where there are trauma responses;

Discover 6 principles of trauma-informed practice that actively resist interpersonal re-traumatization;

Apply these principles to relevant and challenging interpersonal dynamics you face in your setting;

Working With Systems: Trauma-Informed Organizational Change

Interrupting the normalized processes by which our organizational systems generate trauma in communities and individuals begins here. Becoming a trauma-informed organization is a change process that requires intention, ongoing commitment, and increasing levels of awareness.
This three hour experiential training for senior leaders and those responsible for governance will help you map the multiple levels of change required in your organization according to 6 principles of trauma-informed practice.
You can expect to:

Explore how a trauma-informed approach has roots in Indigenous practices of resistance and resilience;

Identify the organizational domains involved in creating a trauma-informed organization;

Begin to assess what it looks like when the 6 principles of trauma-informed practice are present or absent in these domains in your organization;

Leave with concrete ideas for immediate next steps;