Trauma and Mental Health Peer Support

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Support Website
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

Doors to Wellbeing
Tommy Newcombe and Tera Newcombe

Training Overview Description

Trauma is a factor in many people's lives and can lead to challenges that encompass all facets of living. This presentation will describe basic information about the characteristics and prevalence of trauma - relevant to the work of mental health peer specialists. Risk factors and protective factors will be reviewed so that peer supporters are better grounded in providing trauma-informed care in supporting recovery and resilience. The presentation will review the importance of language and perspective in working with someone who has or is experiencing trauma. It will also highlight how mental health peer specialists can benefit by shifting the focus to emotional understanding and strengths-based interactions that support successful recovery.

Event-specific Details

Learning Objectives:

  • List at least 3 possible ways trauma may affect people seeking peer support
  • Explain the importance of strengths-based language and the use of empathy as a communication tool
  • State at least 4 tools for mental health peer support specialists to apply in relationships with people who have experienced trauma


Tommy Newcombe is the Executive Director of The Connection Project, a peer-run organization in Norfolk, Nebraska. He is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and an instructor of Intentional Peer Support. Mr. Newcombe is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and is currently studying for his Master of Public Administration degree.

Tera Newcombe is a Certified Peer Support Specialist at the Women's Empowering Life Line in Norfolk, Nebraska. Mrs. Newcombe sits on the Board of Directors for The Connection Project. She has a bachelor's degree in behavioral sciences and is working towards a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Certificate of Participation for 60 Minute Webinar Available

Behavioral Health/Mental Illness
All Behavioral Health / Social
All Direct Support Services/Care Givers

Registration Information

Registration is FREE - but you must register to attend!