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 and consultations 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. If there is a training class below you would like to provide for your organization please fill out request a training form.
Home Study Online Training – not available for NBCC credit
The courses listed below are designed for those who want to complete their studies entirely online. These courses are self-paced and learners can enroll at anytime. All home study courses listed are not available for NBCC credit.
The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCTS-I) presented by Dr. J. Eric Gentry, LMHC is a 17 hour 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.
- 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 requirement for the Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCTSI) when applying to the Trauma Institute International (TII). For eligibility, please visit the TII website for details.
This course meets the educational requirements to apply for the Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certification available through the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).
The Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) training is designed to improve the quality of care and clinical outcomes by approaching child and youth trauma from a family base. Learn how to capture the resources of a family to improve care and create greater safety and stability for families. This approach not only improves the life of a child but changes the dynamic of an entire family.
There is increasing evidence that child focused trauma therapy will be more effective if the caregiving system is engaged in the treatment process. It is difficult to help a child be more stable than the environment that they are living within. This training is designed to help the clinician more effectively support and encourage families and other caregivers to be involved in the process of helping children recover from trauma. There are many counselors that desire to be more effective in working with traumatized children and families but find it challenging and uncomfortable to have discussions with families about trauma, and often feel awkward and then avoid doing so by overly focusing on the child. This increases the time the child is in services and can erode clinical confidence in promoting recovery and healing for trauma. Young children are exposed to traumatic stressors at an increasing rate in today’s society making it essential that clinicians have the skills necessary to help children and families navigate and recover from these troubling experiences.
- 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.
- Assess and execute treatment that reduces the impact of Traumagenesis in families.
- Explain how trauma from a family prospective is more about Traumagenesis that focused of specific events.
- Define the part of the brain and nervous system that create trauma and change family dynamics.
- Be able to explain and use the concept of sympathetic system dominance to identify trauma reactions and mitigations.
- List the elements that are tied to aversive childhood experiences that create lifelong impact on people and families.
- Explain the process that trauma is created and maintained in families
- Recognize and state the environmental activators for trauma reactive adaptions
- Explain the process of adaption and change that creates problematic behaviors and dysfunctional family dynamics.
- List the stages of safety building for family based trauma treatment
- List and explain the International Association of Trauma Professionals trauma treatment structure.
- Assess family dynamics from a traumageneic prospective
- Be able to understand and explain the primary models of family based treatment for trauma.
This course meets the educational requirement for the Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTSF) when applying to the Trauma Institute International (TII). For eligibility, please visit the TII website for details.
This course meets the educational requirement for the Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) when applying to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). For eligibility, please visit the IATP website for details.
Understanding and Treating the Multidimensional Needs of Victims is an 18 hour certification training 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.
- Participants will learn about the sex trafficking trade
- Participants will learn about the people who engage in trafficking
- Participants will gain an understanding of the trafficking customers
- Participants will learn about the victims of trafficking
- Participants will acquire knowledge of trauma and how to effectively treat it
- Participants will explore special issues related to working with trafficking victims
This course meets the educational requirement for the Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Sex Trafficking (CCTSS) when applying to the Trauma Institute International (TII). For eligibility, please visit the TII website for details.
In Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy (FFTT) presented by Dr. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, the participant will take a journey from hardship to healing. FFTT begins by exploring some of the common myths and misconceptions about the causes and meaning of stress and will examine the destruction it can wreak on our bodies, our minds, our spirits, and our relationships. FFTT is designed to discover the triggers that can lead us to act reflexively in ways that we deeply regret afterwards. FFTT will encourage participants to consider what it means to live an intentional life and how cultivating the skill of interoception, or “bodifulness,” can help us achieve this essential goal. Along the way, Dr. Gentry will share some inspiring stories about women and men he has known who successfully put these lessons into practice; vanquishing stress, regaining their resilience, and finding new joy, optimization, and fulfillment in their lives.
- Discover the “active ingredients”/common elements for treating posttraumatic stress advocated as best practice for treatment of PTSD by leading agencies and organizations
- Employ a staged “active ingredient/”common elements approach to evidence-based practice for treating survivors of trauma. This is contrasted with current practice of utilizing only EBT model-driven approaches.
- Conceptualize, articulate and utilize specific evidence-based treatment tasks within each of the (dynamic elements/active ingredients) of treatment that resolve symptoms of posttraumatic stress.
- Learn and employ the Empowerment & Resilience Treatment Structure (Gentry, Baranowsky & Rhoton, 2017) for delivery of treatment with trauma survivors.
- Efficiently and effectively facilitate resolution and healing of posttraumatic conditions.
- Learn specific psychoeducation and cognitive restructuring techniques for maximizing engagement and participation in early treatment.
Explore the relationship of attachment as well as our brain’s development and how our experience or relationships with our mother, family, friends, and cultural experiences guides the brain’s development. “What fires together, wires together”. The roles of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth (the Strange Situation) will allow exploration of the secure / insecure patterns of attachment. The concepts of the social synapse, the social brain, circle of security and sociostasis will allow an understanding how relationships regulate our lives. Understanding how the brain has developed over time and how the various anatomical parts function to make us human, will help to explain the nature – nurture paradigm. The Polyvagal theory will help to explain how our behavior is based on the system you are functioning in at that time. The effects of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences will then make sense in how we have adapted in the face of trauma and adverse events. The good news is that our brain has neuroplasticity for our entire life span and can change if we are in the right relationships/environment.
1) Define attachment and the role of Bowlby and Ainsworth
2) Describe the Strange Situation and the attachment patterns
3) Explain the concept of the social synapse
4) Explain the social brain
5) Explain Porges’ Polyvagal Theory of behavior
6) Explain the Circle of Security and how insecure attachment patterns are explained by the COS
7) Explain Sociostasis: How relationships regulate our lives
8) Explain the impact of early and chronic stress on our brain and body
Families with adoptive and foster children sometimes struggle to understand and support the 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.
- Define trauma
- Understand the basic neurobiology of trauma
- Understand the unique needs of children in the system
- Make sense of problem behaviors
- Understand the importance of connection
- Learn discipline tools for parenting children in the system
This training is designed to enhance non-clinical care professional’s knowledge and skills to support the healing process for those they care for who struggle because of a history of trauma and adversity. Learn the essential information and skills to help trauma survivors recover fully from the events of their past. Those that care will increase their ability to use the three active ingredients that are vital and fundamental to effective recovery and resilience of a trauma history. The three primary ingredients that help survivors heal and upon which this training will focus are:
1. Building and maintaining an excellent helping relationship
2. Helping the survivor to regulate their autonomic nervous system by teaching and coaching skills for acute relaxation
3. Helping educate and restructure the way the survivor perceives themselves and their world.
This course meets the educational requirements for the Certified Trauma Support Specialist (CTSS) certification available through the Trauma Institute International.
Esta capacitación está diseñada para mejorar el conocimiento y las habilidades del profesional de atención/cuidado no clínico para apoyar el proceso de curación de aquellos a quienes cuidan y que están batallando debido a una historia de trauma y adversidad. Aprenda la información esencial y las habilidades para ayudar a los sobrevivientes de trauma a recuperarse completamente de los eventos de su pasado. Aquellos que se preocupan aumentarán su capacidad de utilizar los tres ingredientes activos que son vitales y fundamentales para la recuperación efectiva y la resiliencia de un historial de trauma. Los tres ingredientes principales que ayudan a los sobrevivientes a sanar y sobre los cuales se enfocará este entrenamiento son:
1) Construir y mantener una excelente relación de ayuda.
2) Ayudar al sobreviviente a regular su sistema nervioso autónomo mediante habilidades de enseñanza y entrenamiento para una relajación crucial.
3) Ayudar a educar y reestructurar la forma en que el sobreviviente se percibe a sí mismo y a su mundo.
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. This presentation provides specific strategies and tools for identifying and fostering the strengths of youth. Attendees will gain insight into how influences from family, society, and the world affect the healing process.
- To understand how trauma can impact health throughout life
- Understanding the Adverse Childhood Experiences impacts throughout life
- Tools for identifying and building resilence in youth
- Understanding what trauma informed care looks like and how it can be applied to your organization
Trauma Treatment for Children: Calming the Dragon, Using the Body to Improve Care is an experiential training to gain working knowledge of interoception and body-based awareness and self-regulation. Learn how to use the body to increase effective trauma treatment.
Clinicians will learn about the bottom up, body based self-regulation and how trauma can affect different aspects of body function. Practitioners will learn how to understand trauma from a somatic and body-based perspective. Parallels will also be drawn between how body-based awareness relates to attachment and relationships. Practitioners will learn how parenting and clinical practice can be improved by greater body-based awareness and how these skills can be transferred to clients.
Participants will gain knowledge regarding current research, theories, empirically supported treatment modalities and techniques, assessments, that minimize resistance and increase effectiveness. Clinicians will also learn about the unique challenges with working with body-based trauma and development strategies specific to relational, sexual, physical and complex trauma.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be equipped to understand, identify, assess and develop interoceptive and body-based awareness in themselves and clients who have experienced trauma.
- Define Interoceptive awareness and related terminology
- Differentiate the differences and similarities between somatic awareness, interoceptive awareness and other body-based awareness.
- Discuss the current links between interoceptive awareness, stress, anxiety, and mental health.
- Connections will be made between models including attachment, somatic/interoceptive awareness, polyvagal theory and interpersonal neurobiology.
- Understand the different tools that are currently being used a researched to assess.
- Discuss the differences between traditional body-based tools and written measures.
- Practice the use of the different tools and understand administration.
- Identify the different interdisciplinary approaches currently in use.
- Learn tools from each discipline using experiential practice.
- Explain how practitioners can develop their own practice and the impact modelling effect on their clients.
- Explain the difference between body-based awareness and self-regulation.
- Understand the difference between top-down and bottom-up approaches to self-regulation.
- Learn how to use physiological self-regulation techniques in practice.
While the focus of the CCTS-I was to acquire the basic skills for treating post traumatic stress, the focus of CCTP-ll is acquiring skills for effectively treating those challenging clients with complex post traumatic stress, or C-PTSD. C-PTSD can present with a myriad of difficult symptoms including intense abreactions/flashbacks; severe “depression-like” shutdown and avoidance; dissociation; relational difficulties and challenges; chronic emotional and somatic dysregulation; chronic pain; and psychotic symptoms. This course provides comprehensive presentation of clinical skills for screening/assessing, stabilizing, skills-building, and treating complex post traumatic stress in all its challenging presentations. Focusing upon working in a tri-phasic model, the participant will learn how to titrate treatment to minimize discomfort and crises while, at once, accelerating treatment gains in early, mid and latter stages of treatment. The course provides a balance of current evidence/science-based interventions and protocols paired with experiential practice wisdom from clinicians who have successfully worked with population for decades. Participants completing this course will discover a newfound sense of competency and excitement for working with these clients who, in the past, have baffled even seasoned clinicians.
A. Participants will learn about AWARENESS OF HIGH RISK GROUPS AND TX DISPARITY, and the impact of advocacy
B. Participants will learn about THE HX OF DRUG USE, ADDICTION, POLICIES AND LAWS IN AMERICA.
C. Participants will learn about THE PHYSIOLOGY OF ADDICTION, MEDICAL & Mental Health problems that may result.
D. Participants will learn the Active Ingredient Approach to treatment PTSD – The structure of treatment delivery
E. Participants will learn how recovery from trauma and addiction can impact the individual, family, and community.
F. Participants will learn about SAMSHA’s Behavioral Health – Evidence-Based Treatment and Recovery Practices for Trauma and Addiction.
This course meets the educational requirements to apply for the Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II (CCTP-II) certification available through the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).
Living Through the Catastrophe
During this training we will seek to further understand the trauma experienced by the men, women, and children who lived through the Holocaust. We will take a glimpse at the subsequent impact that trauma has had on the quality of life for the men and women who lived after the liberation of the ghettos and camps; as well as come to appreciate the significance that trauma continues to wreak on the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren born to those who lived through the trauma of the Holocaust.
This information will be relevant and most helpful for caregivers of survivors as well as the many counselors, therapists, social workers, medical professionals, and advocates for healing and justice. Of course, let us not overlook the children and grandchildren of those who lived through the catastrophe.
1. Understand the neurological and biological impact the Holocaust had on the men and women who experienced, were exposed to, and who lived through its horrors
2. Gain an awareness that the neurological and biological consequences of the Holocaust are still active in next generation people
3. Elevate compassion; expand tolerance and embrace principles that will serve to build resiliency and achieve a sustainable resolve