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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Self Paced Online Training
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.
This course meets the educational requirement for the Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) when applying to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). For eligibility, please visit the IATP website for details.
Join Dr. Robert Rhoton Psy D., LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S. for the Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) training. This 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.
Upon successful completion of this course, the participant is eligible to apply for the Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) certificate. This is a certificate issued by the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.