Arizona Trauma Institute trains and provides consultation in accord with the standards accepted by the international trauma treating community* and the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

The foundational values of the training and consultation delivered by the Arizona Trauma Institute are:

  • Maintain a humane and professional approach
  • Address cultural dimensions
  • Identify ways to appropriately enter complex environments with conditions that may be insecure
  • Help recipients face both short and long term challenges caused by trauma
  • Curricula designed to best fit those being trained and the local population that is being served

The core elements of Arizona Trauma Institute training and consultation are:

  • Competence in listening and other communication skills
  • Assessment
  • Strategies and interventions that reduce distress
  • Targeted to the local context and the appropriateness and feasibility of specific intervention effectiveness
  • Strategies for problem solving
  • Structures that increase intervention effectiveness
  • Reducing somatic pain
  • Builds on the local context using available resources through collaboration
  • Promoting the establishment of on-going supervision
  • Introduces self-care and awareness of resiliency support
  • Monitoring and feedback informed

Arizona Trauma Institute moves past teaching solely theoretical knowledge with the understanding that possessing information about trauma does not automatically translate into strong clinical skills. Our curriculum includes hands-on clinical experience and training that helps the recipient improve the delivery of what has been learned, to conceptualize behavior and symptoms from a more humane prospective and how to intervene more effectively.

 In general terms, Arizona Trauma Institute trains frequently in the following areas:

  • Clinical skill development of counselors and therapists in the treatment of trauma for families and children
  • Clinical skill development of counselors and therapists in the treatment of trauma for adults and couples
  • Promoting organizational structure and management that are trauma sensitive
  • Structuring treatment so best practice models work more effectively
  • Empowerment and Resiliency treatment structure (Rhoton and Gentry, 2013)
  • Promoting broader knowledge of the physiological and neurobiological aspects of trauma.
  • Strengths assessment and resiliency support
  • Trauma’s impact on attachment and family dynamics
  • Foster and adoptive parent education
  • Using trauma informed approaches to education, juvenile justice and child protective services.
  • Trauma sensitive Clinical supervision
  • Trauma sensitive assessment strategies
  • Building resiliency and post trauma growth