Trauma and Trauma-Responsive Strategies for Professionals Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

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This was an all-day event on July 27th, 2022 that went from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. MT/10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. CT. 

Event Description

This all-day workshop offers a trauma-informed lens that can help parents and caregivers or providers respond to the emotional needs of children, youth, and adults in their care, and foster meaningful relationships that contribute to resilience for trauma-impacted individuals. The workshop will build strategies for well-being and emotion-focused communications skills for those caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across a variety of settings. 

The following topics will be covered during this workshop: 

  • Trauma (what is it, prevalence, impact) 
  • Signs of post-traumatic stress or other trauma-related reactions that might signal a need for intervention 


  • Evidence-based mental health supports that can help families and individuals with I/DD dealing with post-traumatic stress (what are they, questions to ask when seeking services or making referrals). 


  • Resilience (what is it, how can we cultivate it); Emphasis on the protective power of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships. 


  • Overview of specific strategies for caregivers/adults who care for individuals with I/DD to build:
    • Skills for self-care, emotional self-awareness, and regulation(parents/caregivers/providers)
    • Skills for understanding and responding to child/youth/adult emotional needs: 
      • Communicating about challenging topics (e.g. trauma, stressful events or family transition) 
      • Addressing behavioral challenges 

This training was limited to 30 participants.


Marcela Torres Pauletic, Ph.D.


Dr. Marcela Torres Pauletic is a clinical psychologist and Senior Research Associate from the Institute of Behavioral Science, Prevention Science Program, Center for Resilience and Wellbeing at CU Boulder. She has expertise in child social-emotional development, childhood trauma and resilience, and the protective role of relationships throughout the lifespan. Dr. Torres Pauletic regularly provides training and consultation to mental health professionals in evidence-based treatments for families experiencing trauma, and to educators, parents, and other children- and family-serving professionals in relationship-based strategies for building resilience.  

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