Training Classes

Arizona Trauma Institute provides a thorough grounding in contemporary trauma theory and practice including the latest contributions from neurobiology, attachment theory and the importance of seeing each client as a whole person with possibilities for growth and a positive life. We also provide support to clinicians, para-professionals, and supervisors through this process of self-development.

Arizona Trauma Institute tutors professionals and paraprofessionals in the structure of assessing and treating trauma while utilizing a range of effective trauma therapies within a structure to improve overall outcomes. All trainings, consultations, and supervision provided by the Arizona Trauma Institute are trauma informed and resiliency informed. These trainings, consultations, and supervision share a common understanding of the impact of trauma on the nervous system, behavior and family dynamics and resiliency restoration throughout the healing process.

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Introduction to Trauma Informed Care

3 CE Hours
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

6 CE Hours
This training explores the assessment and treatment of addiction as a reactive adaptation to traumatic exposure. A thorough overview of the topic will be discussed including: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), types of compulsions and addictions, biology and epigenetics, and culture of addiction and treatment. A case conceptualization will be explored to improve the healer’s effectiveness in treatment. Discussion will also examine variances between current practices and introduce the Arizona Trauma Institute’s philosophy of healing.


Creating Safety and Stability: Establishing a Foundation for Healing

6 CE Hours
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.


Qualified Trauma Informed Para-Professional (QTIP)

12 CE Hours
This training is a comprehensive process to help clinical care professionals learn the essential information and skills to provide an environment where trauma survivors can recover from the events of their past.  This course teaches how to utilize the principles of trauma informed care to assist in the process of recovery. The successful completion of this training satisfies the educational requirements for the Qualified Trauma Informed Para-Professional designation offered through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.


Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist- Individual (CCTS-I)

18 CE Hours
The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCTS-I) presented by Dr. J. Eric Gentry, LMHC 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.

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

This training meets the criteria standards of the American Psychological Association (APA).  Arizona Trauma Institute is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to grant Continuing education credit for live workshops.  ACEP number is 6677. 


Trauma Sensitive Clinical Supervision

12 hours and 9 hours
This training explores and develops 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.


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.


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.


Integrated Health in Trauma Treatment

6 CE Hours
This training works to improve the efficacy of organizations and individuals operating in the integrated health care system. Attendees will develop skills around how to educate, navigate, and operate within the integrated behavioral and medical health care system. This training will improve the effectiveness of collaborative practice by using the Arizona Trauma Institute’s philosophy of healing. Attendees will leave with knowledge on the expectations and skills in implementation of the integrated health care model from a trauma perspective.


Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Prevention

6 CE Hours
This training for those working as healers will inform on the risks of how compassion fatigue and burnout develop. Attendees will gain skills to better understand and to lessen the intensity and frequency of symptoms of stress. Through the information covered in this course, including the Arizona Trauma Institute philosophy of healing, attendees will experience increases in job satisfaction as well as greater organizational retention of staff.


Strategies for Becoming a Trauma Sensitive Organization

6 CE Credit Hours
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.


Understanding the Wounded Heart of Children and the Families that Love Them

6 CE Hours
This training is tailored to help both professionals who provide direct and indirect support to children who are victims of trauma grasp the breadth of the various types of trauma whether it be within the foster care system or within the biological family.  Participants will learn the reality for caregivers parenting children who have endured trauma and how that directly impacts the way they care for the children. This training will also begin to bridge the gap between theory and reality in terms of helping caregivers understand how to meet the needs of these children. Also participants will learn how behaviors are generated based off of trauma histories and how to mediate the effects of those histories when working with children and their caregivers in the foster care system.


Body Shame and Trauma

3 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.


Trauma and Gender: When Do Women Feel Shame?

3 CE Hours
Training will focus on how gender overshadows the traumatic experience for women and men. Throughout many systems of care there is a subtle shame conveyed around issues of trauma, this shame is a silent epidemic that needs to be eradicated.  This training is designed for behavioral field professionals, community, volunteers, and support staff, and public with the hope of increasing awareness and understanding of how to acknowledge trauma from a physiological perspective that is free of the subtle shame that can often be associated with trauma.


Building Resiliency and the Intentional Use of Strengths

6 CE Hours
Resilience is more than just coping, it is developing the capacity to prosper in challenging times that create Secondary traumatic stress (STS) for professionals as well as others who deeply care and are committed to improving the lives of others. Working with people is always rather chaotic; often those that deal with the foster and adoption systems are particularly susceptible to STS because of the vulnerable nature of their clients, the unpredictable and chaotic nature of the daily demands of competing systems of care.


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.


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.

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

This training meets the criteria standards of the American Psychological Association (APA).  Arizona Trauma Institute is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to grant Continuing education credit for live workshops.  ACEP number is 6677. 


Disciplining Foster and Adopted Children with Behavior Problems

6 CE Hours
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.


Trauma and Infidelity: Disorganized Attachment in Relationships

6 CE Hours
Can one’s relational history, going back to childhood influence infidelity in the marital relationship? The wounds of infidelity feel like a malicious ambush designed to willfully inflict a mass amount of pain on a partner or the family, stripping away dignity, pride, and dreams. This training looks at the commission of infidelity as a residual pattern of disorganized attachment and as an inappropriate strategy to meet relational imperatives driven by unmet needs.


Loving Them is Not Enough: Working with Foster and Adoptive Parents of Traumatized Children

6 CE Hours
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.


Neuroscience for Clinicians

6 CE Hours
Psychotherapy has traditionally addressed the mind, with its cognitive, emotional and behavioral components. But recent neuroscience research has revealed a new area to add to your treatments: The brain and nervous system. The brain can change the mind, but the mind and experience can also bring literal structural and functional changes to the brain. Recent research reveals that neuroplasticity takes place all through life. This is extremely hopeful for therapy. You will discover where neuroplasticity occurs and ways to use it therapeutically.


Empowerment and Resilience Treatment Structure

6 CE Hours
Empowerment and Resilience Treatment structure is the service delivery vehicle promoted by the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).   If you have the desire to see clients and families participate more fully and successfully in treatment this training is one you would highly value.  This structure aids the client or families to be fully engaged in treatment, have a sense of predictability, choice and control over treatment.  The structure is a transparent process that organizes and helps clients move through the treatment process successfully and maintain sustainable change post treatment.


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.


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.


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.


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.