Dr. Deborah M. Courtney

Educator - Healer - Speaker

Hello! We have learned through research how important trauma-informed care is! Are you ready to get your agency up to speed on the latest trauma informed approaches? If yes, lets make it happen! I look forward to working with your amazing team!
Keep up the good work,
Dr. Deb

Deb has created a year long, trauma informed training program specifically designed for social service agencies.  The format is quarterly, 3 hour workshops either with Deb live and in person or recorded presentations, whichever is a better fit for your agency.  So every three months, a training is conducted that provides evidence-based trauma informed approaches to service.  Consultation is available in between trainings in order to assist in the rolling out of new trauma informed approaches at your agency. 

*Participants earn 12 SW Continuing Education Credits

The Following Topics are Explored in Great Depth:

  • An Overview and Significance of Trauma Informed Practice
  • Trauma and The Brain
  • Trauma and The Body
  • Evidence Based Trauma Informed Practices
  • Self Care and Coping Skills

 
This three-hour workshop will: Explore the differences between Objective and Subjective Definitions of Trauma.  Discussion will be facilitated around the types of traumas staff witness in the stories of the people they serve at the agency.  Traumas from all levels of practice will be explored, such as interpersonal trauma (abuse, experience of violence) to macro traumas (poverty, micro-aggressions, global violence). An explanation of why using a trauma informed perspective as a social service worker will be provided, including the significance of trauma in the development of mental health and behavioral concerns, relational disorders, intergenerational transmission and impacts on communities. Foundational, concrete skills such as assessment of trauma, creating and holding a safe space, self-care, the significance of the helping relationship (no matter how brief) will be provided for staff to work on until the next training. Putting support systems in place to support staff through this discussion will be discussed.

This three-hour workshop will:

Explore the differences between Objective and Subjective Definitions of Trauma.  Discussion will be facilitated around the types of traumas staff witness in the stories of the people they serve at the agency.  Traumas from all levels of practice will be explored, such as interpersonal trauma (abuse, experience of violence) to macro traumas (poverty, micro-aggressions, global violence). An explanation of why using a trauma informed perspective as a social service worker will be provided, including the significance of trauma in the development of mental health and behavioral concerns, relational disorders, intergenerational transmission and impacts on communities.

Foundational, concrete skills such as assessment of trauma, creating and holding a safe space, self-care, the significance of the helping relationship (no matter how brief) will be provided for staff to work on until the next training. Putting support systems in place to support staff through this discussion will be discussed.

This three-hour workshop will:   Provide staff with the knowledge of how traumatic experiences impact the brain and body.  The development of neural networks, including negative cognition development, stuck fight or flight responses, and emotional storage in the body will be explained.  Further, the impacts of this process (including triggers, behavioral and relational issues and physical health issues) will be explained. Reflective exercises will be facilitated in order to help staff understand these processes on a deeper level. Concrete skills will be built upon including helping staff reframe some of the challenges they face when working with clients (based on understanding their negative cognitions, triggers, and histories). Self care and supporting each other will again be emphasized.  

This three-hour workshop will:
 

Provide staff with the knowledge of how traumatic experiences impact the brain and body.  The development of neural networks, including negative cognition development, stuck fight or flight responses, and emotional storage in the body will be explained.  Further, the impacts of this process (including triggers, behavioral and relational issues and physical health issues) will be explained.

Reflective exercises will be facilitated in order to help staff understand these processes on a deeper level. Concrete skills will be built upon including helping staff reframe some of the challenges they face when working with clients (based on understanding their negative cognitions, triggers, and histories). Self care and supporting each other will again be emphasized.

 

This three-hour workshop will: Introduce staff to a variety of evidence-based trauma informed practices. Theories will be explained, skill application to a variety of client populations will be explained (from brief crisis models to longer term treatment). Exercises will be done to help integrate the knowledge in a deeper way. Brief videos will be utilized to illustrate the work.  Integration of some of the skills in practice moving forward will be discussed.  Self care and supporting each other will again be emphasized.

This three-hour workshop will:

Introduce staff to a variety of evidence-based trauma informed practices. Theories will be explained, skill application to a variety of client populations will be explained (from brief crisis models to longer term treatment). Exercises will be done to help integrate the knowledge in a deeper way. Brief videos will be utilized to illustrate the work.  Integration of some of the skills in practice moving forward will be discussed.  Self care and supporting each other will again be emphasized.

This three-hour workshop will:  Expand on the  importance of self care that was briefly presented in previous workshops. It will focus on the impact trauma can have on social service professionals and how to take care of oneself! Parallel processes and vicarious trauma will be explained.  Practical self care skills, including creating healthy boundaries and grounding exercises will be explained and practiced. 

This three-hour workshop will: 

Expand on the  importance of self care that was briefly presented in previous workshops. It will focus on the impact trauma can have on social service professionals and how to take care of oneself! Parallel processes and vicarious trauma will be explained.  Practical self care skills, including creating healthy boundaries and grounding exercises will be explained and practiced.