Training Descriptions

Arizona Trauma Institute provides a foundation in contemporary trauma theory and practice which includes the latest contributions in neurobiology and attachment theory. Our focus is on seeing each client as a whole person who has a possibility for growth and a positive life. We also provide self-development courses and support to clinicians, para-professionals, and supervisors.

Arizona Trauma Institute trains professionals and para-professionals to assess and treat trauma while utilizing regulated trauma therapies to improve the overall outcome. All of our trainings, consultations, and supervision are trauma and resiliency informed. They also share a common thread of the impact of trauma on the nervous system, behavior, and family dynamics as well as resilience restoration throughout the healing process.

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Arizona Trauma Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6677. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Trauma Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Introduction to Trauma Informed Care

Not available for NBCC credit

Free 3 Hour Online Resource: Trauma-Informed and Sensitive in Practice

This training is a discussion of the elements of trauma informed care and supporting materials on the nature of how trauma can impact life and health throughout the lifespan. Attendees will be introduced to how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can affect developmental milestones and can lead to frustrating relationships and behavioral problems in the lives of individuals and families. Focus will be on understanding how to help bring peace and healing through the application of compassion, safety and respect using the Arizona Trauma Institute’s philosophy of healing.


Trauma and Addiction

12 CE Hours

Training Description

Explore the basics of trauma in development and presentation of behaviors, especially addiction. Motivation and meaning of behaviors will be explored and defined. Attendees will receive a thorough overview including types of compulsions and addictions, biology and predisposition to addiction, and culture of addiction and treatment. Fundamental information regarding how substances and their long-and short term effects help people deal with trauma symptoms. The discussion will also look at what is currently the typical assessment and treatment process, and how it can be more trauma sensitive.

TRAUMA AND ADDICTION OBJECTIVES

  1. Participants will learn about the importance and need for Health Literacy for individuals, families, communities, and behavioral health providers.
  2. Participants will learn about AWARENESS OF HIGH RISK GROUPS AND TX DISPARITY, and the impact of advocacy
  3. Participants will learn about THE HX OF DRUG USE, ADDICTION, POLICIES AND LAWS IN AMERICA.
  4. Participants will learn about THE PHYSIOLOGY OF ADDICTION, MEDICAL & Mental Health problems that may result.
  5. Participants will learn the Active Ingredient Approach to treatment PTSD – The structure of treatment delivery
  6. Participants will learn strategies for delivering psychoeducation about trauma to individuals and families.
  7. Participants will learn about the use and selected of assessment instrument for trauma and addiction.
  8. Participants will learn what Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) entails, and the benefits and risk to individuals.
  9. Participants will learn how recovery from trauma and addiction can impact the individual, family, and community.
  10. Participants will learn about SAMSHA’s Behavioral Health – Evidence-Based Treatment and Recovery Practices for Trauma and Addiction.
  11. Participants will learn about Trauma-Informed Approaches for the treatment of Trauma and Addiction that address culture and diversity.
  12. Participants will learn about Trauma and Addiction research and some of the uses of technology in the delivery of treatment interventions.

This training meets the educational requirements to apply for the Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Addiction (CCTS-A) certification available through the Trauma Institute International.


Creating Safety and Stability

Not available for NBCC credit

This training for caregivers, professionals, and para-professionals establishes a foundation for healing. By identifying and exploring the role of the environment as a priority for intervention. A discussion of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the physiology of trauma, and healing tools will be introduced to help promote safety for clients and families. Skill development around how to model and practice emotional regulation, felt safety, and predictability will be practiced within the context of the Arizona Trauma Institute’s philosophy of healing.


Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist- Individual (CCTS-I)

18 CE Hours
The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCTS-I) is a 3-day training designed to give the participant a working knowledge of how to engage in the process of trauma treatment. Focusing not only on interventions, but how to sequence the interventions to maximize outcomes. This training is designed to improve the quality of treatment for those that have experienced trauma. There will be a focus on the active ingredients – the things that are common factors that help all treatment work become better and work more efficiently.

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast evidence-based-interventions, common factors, and emerging trends for effective treatment of traumatic stress
  • Identify the common factors for healing traumatic stress
  • Comprehend the importance of therapeutic relationship and positive expectancy (relational factors) for positive outcomes in treatment
  • Articulate the role of reciprocal inhibition, relaxation, self-regulation, exposure and narrative in the treatment of traumatic stress
  • Understand concept and procedure for enhancing therapeutic relationship as method for increasing positive outcomes
  • Appreciate the potential deleterious personal effects associated with treating traumatic stress

This course meets the educational requirements for The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist– Individual (CCTS-I) certification available through the Trauma Institute International. 


Ethical Practices Specific to Trauma Treatment

6 CE Hours
This professional training will use lecture, group discussion, and role play to examine in detail the topic of ACA standard ethical practices related specifically to the treatment of trauma. Areas to be covered include common ethical dilemmas in trauma treatment, trauma sensitive care within the boundaries of the ACA Code of Ethics, how the lack of ethical practice may affect successful treatment, exactly when to seek consultation, building a professional consulting network, maintaining boundaries during crisis, suicidal ideation, patients abused by previous practitioners and therapists, confronting trauma specific ethical dilemmas, the discussion of ethics with your client, interactions with persons important to – but who are not your client and other related topics.

  1. Learn about and identify the fundamental nature of ethical responsibilities utilizing the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics
  2. Learn about and identify what defines ethical behavior and best practices for Ethical Trauma Interventions
  3.  Become familiar with the ACA Code of Ethics as an ethical guide to assist in developing professionalism in practice and protecting the welfare of Trauma Clients
  4. Identify the critical role of Psychoeducation, Self- Regulations Skills, and Self-Care Skills in ethical delivery of Trauma Services
  5. Identify and discuss the 10 Core Competencies of Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss, and the American Psychological Association (2015) Guidelines on Trauma Competencies for Education and Training.

Multicultural Perspective of Trauma Treatment

6 CE Hours
This course will extrapolate on the basics of multiculturalism and include the exploration of culture within various contexts. Attendees will gain insight into how influences from family, society, and the world affect the healing process. Patterns throughout history and systemic oppression will be addressed to include Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs). Exposure to traumatic environments will also be evaluated to increase understanding and compassion when working with groups from areas of conflict. Using the Arizona Trauma Institute’s philosophy of healing, case conceptualization will be explored to improve the healer’s effectiveness in treatment.

1. Learn about the fundamental nature of ethical responsibilities utilizing the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics.
2. Learn about what defines ethical behavior and best practices for Ethical Trauma Interventions.
3. Become familiar with the ACA Code of Ethics as an ethical guide to assist in developing professionalism in practice and protecting the welfare of Trauma Clients.
4. Participants will explore strategies to ethically manage ethical complaints.
5. Examine ethical issues related to Trauma Intervention via Case Studies.

6. Explore boundaries and multiple relationships issues that arise in Treating Trauma Clients.
7. Learn about SAMSHA’s Principles of Trauma Informed Care.
8. Explore the critical role of Psychoeducation, Self- Regulations Skills, and Self-Care Skills in ethical delivery of Trauma Services.
9. Review and discuss the 10 Core Competencies of Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss, and the American Psychological Association (2015) Guidelines on Trauma Competencies for Education and Training.
10. Learn about Ethical Issues inherent in On-line Counseling & Psychotherapy of Trauma Clients.
11. Describe the ethical issues that are most likely to be magnified in working with victims of trauma.
12. Apply ethical issues to practical dilemmas faced while conducting interventions.


 Driving Out Stress: Overcoming Compassion Fatigue With Professional Resiliency

Not available for NBCC credit

This is an intensive one-day experiential training for organizational leaders and employees to reduce stress and compassion fatigue in the workplace. This course serves to counter the impact stress and body arousal has on workplace communications and relationships. This training is also intended to improve current compassion fatigue symptoms that participants may be experiencing. The day includes didactic information, experiential processing, and transformative techniques that assists leaders and employees in resolving symptoms of compassion fatigue while, at once, developing resiliency skills and practices that prevent compassion fatigue symptoms in the future.


Intro to Becoming a Trauma Certified Organization

Not available for NBCC credit

This training for organizational leadership will explore the financial, ethical, and cultural benefits of integrating trauma sensitive practices into the fabric of operations and explain the reasons behind why agencies would start this transition process. With a focus on understanding what makes a practice trauma informed and an application of where to start, attendees will leave with practical tools to use these ways of relating to both clients and employees as an addition to policies already in place.


Body Shame and Trauma

6 CE Hours
This training is designed to inform how women are often defined by their physical appearance, choice of clothing, body shape and attributes and relationships when trauma occurs and that this creates extra barriers to healing from trauma. Come and learn how to heal the body, and reduce the shame associated with trauma. This training will discuss how shame manifests simultaneously with trauma, and how to increase effective interventions.

Objectives

  1.  Understand the need to address shame in all systems of care
  2. Provide a definition of shame
  3. Define emotions of shame
  4. Explain the physiology of shame
  5. Outline how women and men experience shame
  6. Provide psycho-education on the neurobiology of trauma
  7. How to recognize shame within therapy
  8. Provide general interventions of transforming shame
  9. Learn how to gently address shame in our daily lives

Hit & Kiss: Attachment and Intimate Violence

6 CE Hours
This workshop examines the roll of attachment as an innate motivating force. A secure adult attachment builds a secure dependency which encourages autonomy. The accessibility and responsiveness of a secure attachment figure creates bonds through emotional engagement, and development of trust (Sable, 2008). Fear and uncertainty activate the attachment behavioral system that is reactionary and aggressive, or reactionary and rejecting, which negatively impacts emotional engagement as well as trust. When attachment behavior fails, stress is predictable, and based on the developmental history of the individuals involved, aggressive and hostile means may become a defensive or protective part of the relational strategy.

Objectives:

  1. Define trauma
  2. Identify myths of domestic violence
  3. Develop an understanding of relationship patterns:
    as a result .of adaptation
  4. Define and identify phases of adaptation
  5. Identify how the threat response system changes the
    chemistry of the body.
  6. Develop skills for helping trauma survivors rapidly stabilize
    and utilize skills for self-regulation.

Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTS-F)

18 CE Hours
The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTS-F) course is designed using evidenced-based leading edge interventions and protocols that clinicians can immediately implement to augment their work treating survivors of trauma within a family context. This course is taught using demonstrations, role play, simulations, and the utilization of a clinician intervention implementation format. The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTS-F) course examines the (dynamic elements/active ingredients) of trauma treatment, allowing the learner to increase their effectiveness with any model of family treatment in which they have training. The (dynamic elements/active ingredients) approach will aid clinicians in addressing and resolving client and family traumatic stress even when other primary diagnoses are present. The design and implementation of treatment can have a powerful transformational effect that rapidly accelerates treatment.

Objectives

  1. Using the physiology of the body to explain dysfunction and traumatic family patterns the participant will have greater capacity to create safety and stabilize families.
  2. Assess and execute treatment that reduces the impact of Traumagenesis in families.
  3. Explain how trauma from a family prospective is more about Traumagenesis that focused of specific events.
  4. Define the part of the brain and nervous system that create trauma and change family dynamics.
  5. Be able to explain and use the concept of sympathetic system dominance to identify trauma reactions and mitigations.
  6. List the elements that are tied to adverse childhood experiences that create lifelong impact on people and families.
  7. Explain the process that trauma is created and maintained in families
  8. Recognize and state the environmental activators for trauma reactive adaptions
  9. Explain the process of adaption and change that creates problematic behaviors and dysfunctional family dynamics.
  10. List the stages of safety building for family based trauma treatment
  11. List and explain the International Association of Trauma Professionals trauma treatment structure.
  12. Assess family dynamics from a traumageneic prospective
  13. Be able to understand and explain the primary models of family based treatment for trauma.

This course meets the educational requirements for The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTS-F) certification available through the Trauma Institute International. 


Disciplining Foster and Adopted Children with Behavior Problems

Not available for NBCC credit

The goal of this training is to help care-givers and parents balance discipline and nurture. It is discipline and nurture that helps a child mature into an emotionally, spiritually and physically healthy individual. If the focus is primarily on behavior change, one will not raise a healthy individual. This training lays out the foundation of why a deep and abiding connection with child is essential.


Loving Them is Not Enough: What Every Parent Should Know

Not available for NBCC credit

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Families with adoptive and foster children sometimes struggle to understand and support their children because these children react differently than biological children and the problem behaviors they exhibit do not fit the experience of the fostering or adopting parents. Many children that desperately need to experience safety, connection, and strong cohesive relationships struggle with behaviors that make those things difficult to achieve. Many have experienced significant trauma prior to their current foster placement that has created adaptive behaviors that were protective in nature in the child’s past but that are now seen as intentionally provocative and willful behaviors. This training will help participants understand why many of these children may view and react to people and events in ways that may seem unusual, exaggerated, or irrational. Recent advances in developmental science are revealing how significant adversity in childhood alters both the way the genome is expressed and the developing brain is wired and this training is designed to help the participant not only understand the function of the problematic behaviors, but how to begin helping the child and the parents achieve the connection that will help the child heal.


12-Hour Initial Clinical Supervisor Training

12 CE Hours
Explore and develop enhanced general and clinical supervision skills for those independently licensed professionals that currently provide clinical supervision or intend to deliver clinical supervision in compliance with the Arizona Revised Statutes and ADHS requirements. This training utilizes case studies and a collaborative participant discussion format to assure that all points are covered and adequately understood.

Objectives:

  1. Create a framework through which an organization is accountable for continually improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care can flourish.
  2. Define clinical supervision in accord with currently accepted models
  3. Articulate responsibilities to the supervisee, client and the professional
  4. Describe the process of supervision, and establish ways of conceptualizing the supervision process
  5. Understand the skills required of a clinical supervisor
  6. Describe the benefits for the individual, the patient, the profession and the organization

6-Hour Clinical Supervisor Refresher Course

6 CE Hours
Explore and develop enhanced general and clinical supervision skills for those independently licensed professionals that currently provide clinical supervision or intend to deliver clinical supervision in compliance with the Arizona Revised Statutes and ADHS requirements. This training utilizes case studies and a collaborative participant discussion format to assure that all points are covered and adequately understood.

Objectives:

  1. Create a framework through which an organization is accountable for continually improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care can flourish.
  2. Define clinical supervision in accord with currently accepted models
  3. Articulate responsibilities to the supervisee, client and the professional
  4. Describe the process of supervision, and establish ways of conceptualizing the supervision process
  5. Understand the skills required of a clinical supervisor
  6. Describe the benefits for the individual, the patient, the profession and the organization

Prenatal Trauma: Raising Children Who Have Been Exposed to Substances In-Utero

12 CE Hours
Develop a better understanding and comprehension of the impact of in-utero substance exposure on neurodevelopment, sensory needs, and attachment with children. Learn ways to help children who have been exposed in-utero through caring for their whole needs, such as sensory integration, understanding behavior and ways to effectively discipline, and needs unique to these children.

Objectives

  1. Comparative look at impact of marijuana, cocaine, alcohol and methamphetamine in-utero exposure
  2. Understanding the impact of in-utero exposure has on self-regulation
  3. Review neuro-deficits on children exposed in-utero
  4. Review sensory integration needs of children exposed in-utero
  5. Review behavioral concerns associated with in-utero exposure
  6. Understanding the risk factors of children exposed to substances in-utero
  7. Understand cognitive challenges
  8. Building behavioral resilience
  9. Building self-regulation
  10. Interactive practice in working with/parenting children with in-utero substance exposure

Facing Suicide in Clinical Practice

6 CE Hours
Facing Suicide in Clinical Practice will provide guidelines on suicide assessment, treatment, and management. This training will identify prevalence of suicide while also identifying both risk and protective factors of clients who are classified as suicidal. This training will also take a look into ethical treatment of those clients who are suicidal and what evidenced based tools are available for assessing risk.

Objectives

  1. Become aware of the prevalence of suicide
  2. Become more aware of warning signs which may indicate
    suicidality
  3. Become more aware of protective as well as risk factors to
    suicide
  4. Learn about evidence-based tools for assessing risk
  5. Increase ability to intervene with appropriate resources and in a
    trauma informed manner
  6. Build hope in recovery

Treating Stress and Trauma in Law Enforcement

12 CE Hours

Those who participate in this course will gain a better understanding of the unique mental, emotional, and physical world of a law enforcement officer. This training will examine the significant and unique ways that law enforcement officers experience their career and the related exposure to extreme and continuous job-related stress; stress that changes the neurophysiology of police officers over time. Additionally, this course will highlight specific treatment considerations and challenges clinicians experience when working with the law enforcement population; familiarize participants with the vernacular and culture of law enforcement; and improve clinician interactions, rapport building and common challenges experienced by officers. After completion of this course the participant should better grasp the law enforcement mindset; understand what is often implied but left unsaid; and, have greater success in supporting and producing significant outcomes for the law enforcement community.

Learning Objectives:

Day 1:

  1. Compare course participants views of “the Police”.
  2. Explore the unique elements of the law enforcement lifestyle.
  3. Describe the important treatment considerations when working with law enforcement.
  4. Analyze the specific elements of law enforcement trauma.
  5. Discuss important diagnostic considerations & helpful assessment tools.
  6. Discuss potential causes of treatment resistance.
  7. Identify the common ways of coping, substance abuse, & suicidality.

Day 2:

  1. Discuss needs of officers & partners in marriage.
  2. Explore the common struggles faced in law enforcement marriages.
  3. Identify common law enforcement terms & concepts that are important for clinicians to know.
  4. Provide a way to share the science behind the stress response that will help normalize the experience for law enforcement.
  5. Examine the different treatment models available & discuss the importance of having a combined neurocognitive & sensory motor treatment approach.
  6. Applying mindfulness & other applicable somatic techniques for symptom relief.
  7. Sample a treatment structure for law enforcement clients.

Sex Trafficking & Sex Industry Exploitation: Understanding and Treating the Multidimensional Needs of Victims

18 CE Hours

Sex Trafficking & Sex Industry Exploitation: Understanding and Treating the Multidimensional Needs of Victims is a 3-day certification training course designed to provide the participant with a working knowledge of the global sex trafficking trade. Clinicians will learn about the different forms of exploitation utilized to bring victims into the trade as well as how the international community is responding to fight the proliferation of this devastating abuse. Practitioners will develop a working knowledge of the traumatic elements unique to the women and children who have been exploited for profit. Through discussion, case studies, and experiential exercises, participants will gain knowledge regarding current research, theories, empirically supported treatment models and techniques, assessments, and treatment structures that minimize resistance & maximizes effectiveness. Clinicians will also learn about unique challenges related to this population and develop strategies to reduce treatment failure. Upon completion of the course, participants will be equipped to understand, identify, assess, and treat victims of human sex trafficking.

Learning Goals/Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the sex trafficking trade
  2.  Participants will learn about the people who engage in trafficking
  3.  Participants will gain an understanding of the trafficking customers
  4.  Participants will learn about the victims of trafficking
  5.  Participants will acquire knowledge of trauma and how to effectively treat it
  6.  Participants will explore special issues related to working with trafficking victims