Integrating a Trauma-Informed Approach in Behavioral Health Settings

12:00pm - November 3, 2020 | Timezone: US/Mountain
Mountain Plains MHTTC
Registration Deadline: November 3, 2020
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Integrating a Trauma-Informed Approach in Behavioral Health Settings

Every Tuesday, November 3 - December 15, 2020

12:00pm - 1:30pm US/Mountain Time

1:00pm - 2:30pm US/Central Time

This training is free and offers Continuing Education Credits.

Over the past 20 years, a growing understanding of the pervasive and harmful impact of traumatic events on individuals, families and communities has led to the emergence of research on the effects of trauma and treatment strategies to address mental health. According to SAMSHA, trauma is a widespread, harmful and costly public health problem, occurring as a result of violence, abuse, neglect, loss, disaster, war and other emotionally harmful experiences. While many people who experience a traumatic event do not have lasting negative effects, others experience more difficulty with traumatic stress reactions. Emerging research has documented the relationships among exposure to traumatic events, impaired neurodevelopmental and immune systems responses and subsequent health risk behaviors resulting in chronic physical or behavioral health disorders. Studies in the criminal justice and child welfare systems reveal high rates of mental health disorders. There are no boundaries when it comes to trauma with regard to age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, geography or sexual orientation.


This 7-week online learning series will increase the skill level of behavioral health professionals to define and recognize trauma in individuals. Practitioners who are able to help participants manage their symptoms using a strength-based approach minimize the retraumatization and provide supports that are trauma-informed.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the core components of trauma
  • Identify initial and ongoing reactions to trauma
  • Describe the effects of trauma on learning
  • Outline the Polyvagal Theory to conceptualize trauma
  • Identify the key principles of a trauma-informed approach for treating mental health disorders using DSM 5 criteria
  • Review common experiences that produce traumatic impact and posttraumatic growth
  • Review the relationship between childhood trauma and suicidal ideation
  • Discuss treatment planning for trauma using strength-based approaches


Participant Commitment and Expectations

Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.

  • Attend one-hour online orientation session
  • Commit to 6-weeks of live online training for 1.5 hours weekly 
  • Complete weekly self-study learning activities
  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize videoconferencing platform (e.g., internet connection, webcam, laptop/tablet, speakers, and microphone)
  • Be prepared and actively engage during scheduled series time


Registration for this series is limited to 35 providers who work in Region 8 states on a first come first served basis (Region 8 includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming).  It is expected participants will view the 20-minute video tutorial: attend the live technology training; be prepared for and join each session; and actively engage in group discussions.


Note: Registrants enrolled in this series are required to attend the orientation and Week 1 sessions. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your attendance. In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by November 17th to be able fully participate and be on camera during the session. This is not a webinar series and active participation is required to gain/improve skills.

Continuing Education

The series has been approved for a total of 16 contact hours (15-hours content instruction and 1-hour orientation session). No credit will be awarded for non-attendance or partial attendance. The knowledge and skills learned should be applied within the framework of any applicable Operating and/or Credentialing regulations in your State of practice.


Please email Trisha Dudkowski at [email protected] or by phone 775-784-6265


Kate Speck, PhD, MAC, LADC