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This is a hands-on skills training for working with distressed clients, and supervising others who do. Participants should be supervisors of clinicians, direct care workers, or case managers/support workers.

Many or most of the clients we serve have histories of significant loss and trauma. Participants in this experiential workshop will learn why and how these loss/trauma histories can affect the client’s functioning, and what to do about it.

The program will cover trauma theory, impact of trauma and loss, how trauma/loss relates to presenting problems, a comprehensive/systematic model of trauma-informed treatment for a variety of presenting problems, trauma-informed case formulation (explaining this to clients and others), and providing consultation or supervision on a challenging case.

This training is designed for providers on three separate tracks.  Session 1 will have all providers in one large group session.  Subsequent sessions will divide providers up according to their specific area of expertise.  Dates of trainings are segmented by track.  The training is designed for attendees to attend all 3 sessions, however if you'd like to attend but it will be impossible to make it to one, we will provide a recording.

TRACK 1) Supervisors of Mental Health Professionals (therapists):  Receive advanced hands-on clinical skills for trauma-informed motivational interviewing, case formulation, treatment planning, stabilization, self-management skills, and supervision/consultation.
  • supervise therapists to engage resistant clients in treatment
  • supervise therapists to guide clients to stabilize
  • supervise therapists to teach self-management skills
TRACK 2) Supervisors of Direct Care Workers (inday treatment, residential treatment, inpatient): Individuals with emotional and/or behavioral problems often have histories significant for trauma and/or loss. How does this history contribute to their problems? Why is it so important to take this into account? This workshop answers these questions and offers a trauma-informed approach to working with distressed clients (child, teen, and adult). The program starts with trauma theory and impact of trauma and loss (that was Day 1). The rest is focused on teaching and supervising healing relationship, worker self-care, and practical skills: creating a safe environment, structuring discipline, and engaging the client’s motivation via goals, incentives, and relationship. This approach can be used with direct care workers in a variety of settings such as special classrooms, residential programs, recreational programs, shelters, and in the home.  Participants will be able to:
  • Use the trauma-informed treatment framework to supervise direct care workers.
  • Guide supervisees to develop practical strategies to help clients to be and to feel more safe and secure.
  • Guide supervisees to develop practical strategies to motivate clients for positive behaviors.
  • Guide supervisees to improve attitudes and behaviors towards themselves (self-care) as well as their clients (trauma-informed healing relationships).
TRACK 3) Supervisors of Case Workers: This training includes trauma theory, experiential activities, and practice of hands-on skills for supervising those working with trauma-exposed clients and their families. Participants should be supervisors of case workers.  Participants will be able to:
  • Teach and supervise case workers to develop practical strategies to help clients to be and to feel more safe and secure.
  • Teach and supervise case workers to develop practical strategies to advocate for clients in the system.
  • Teach and supervise case workers to manage challenging situations with their clients.
  • Guide supervi

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* 1. SESSION 1 - ALL TRACKS: November 20: 9-4:30pm - Location:  Second Federal - Community Room West. 3960 W 26th Street