Through the unending cycle of trauma recovery, the human species has learned how to adapt to stress and life threatening situations. These evolutionary instincts recognize not just the story of what happened, but include natural physiological and emotional mechanisms for the release of stress and trauma. Yet, modern trauma treatment over-emphasizes cognitive and pharmacological approaches and tends to neglect the body-based dimension of trauma.
In this two-day course, you will learn a strength‐based approach for working with childhood trauma that engages the whole child, including their physical, mental and emotional resources to promote healing, develop resilience and support growth.
You’ll learn to integrate evidence-based tools, such as yoga, mindfulness, social-emotional learning activities, and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) into your work with youth (ages 3‐18) to safely release stress, regulate the nervous system, express and integrate feelings, and attend to the present moment.
Putting theory into practice, you will also learn how to build resilience “toolkits” and lesson/treatment plans from identified family and cultural strengths, community support, and self‐care practices.
In addition, you’ll also gain skills to help you manage your own stress, trauma and post-trauma reactions from personal and professional experiences – benefiting your work, your relationships, and your well-being.