The majority of adults have experienced at least one traumatic event in life, and trauma exposure is even more prevalent among some populations including people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and Veterans. Individuals working in social service roles not only carry their own personal history of trauma exposure, but also frequently experience secondary/vicarious trauma exposure in the course of their work. Traumatic experiences (whether primary or secondary) can have a range of impacts on the mind, brain, body, and relationships. Trauma can steal our sense of safety, trust, connection, hope, control, and peace of mind. And all of these difficulties can impact our ability to function effectively, sustainably, and happily in our work as social service providers. Trauma-informed supervision can help. Trauma-informed supervision (TIS) is a supportive, relationship-based supervision style that involves knowledge of the effects of trauma, core skills of supervision, and the five key precepts of trauma-informed care: safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment.
In this one-day training, we will explore what trauma is; how stress and trauma impact our brains, our minds, and our lives; how these trauma-related difficulties can impact supervisees’ ability to function well in their professional roles; and how supervisors can help by skillfully integrating foundational competencies of supervision with foundational competencies of trauma-informed care. Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways, including lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and experiential learning and roleplay activities designed to offer an understanding of the basics of trauma-informed supervision.
This training could be applied to multiple areas of the Alaska Qualified Addictions Professional (QAP) certification. Contact the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (Ask for Dabney Van Liere, Executive Director) at 907-332-4333 or email email@example.com for specific information.