Training Modules Introduction

square bulletWelcome to Trauma Informed Oregon's Introduction to Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Online Training Modules!

Cost: FREE / $0

TIO's Introduction to TIC Online Training Modules include four free, self-directed modules that walk you through the basics of trauma informed care, as well as an introduction and closing video. Each module includes a content video, an additional Voices from the Community video that highlights how trauma informed care is being implemented in a specific community, additional resources that you can read to further your learning, questions that can be used for personal reflection, and a knowledge check followed by a certificate of completion. Complete each module at your own pace.

You will need to register for an account and log in to access these free training modules. After registration, you can log in using your account credentials to take track your progress within the course, take the modules and knowledge checks, and download your certificate(s) of completion.

Module 1: What is Trauma Informed Care?

Module 1 walks you through the principles that serve as the foundation for trauma informed care.

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Approximately 30 minutes to complete

Module 2: Why is Trauma Informed Care Important?

Module 2 walks you through why trauma informed care should be incorporated into organizations and systems.

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Approximately 15 minutes to complete

Module 3: Trauma Specific, Trauma Sensitive, Trauma Informed

Module 3 walks you through the basic differences between trauma specific services and trauma informed care.

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Approximately 15 minutes to complete

Module 4: A Brief Overview of NEAR Science

Module 4 walks you through the collection of fields of study that include Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience.

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Approximately 15 minutes to complete

square bulletVideo: Introduction to the Trauma Informed Care Training Modules

Watch this video to learn how these modules are constructed. Ana Hristić, Training & Education Coordinator, will guide you through the process.

Hi, my name is Ana Hristić and on behalf of Trauma Informed Oregon, I’d like to welcome you to our free online training modules. Trauma Informed Oregon is committed to increasing access to foundational training, such that knowledge about key guiding principles of trauma informed care is accessible to everyone, regardless of industry, location, or resources. Thanks to the support and collaboration of many folks, we’re really excited to provide you with a series of free online modules.

As you’ll notice, each module contains a guiding video, voices from the community, supplemental material, suggested questions for consideration and a Content Quiz. Our intent is to provide you with foundational content, regarding trauma informed care, that we have found over the years to be helpful and useful for all individuals to know.

These modules are self-administered and self-guided, and you’re welcome to get creative about how you use them. You may find that one or more of the modules is a great tool to use at a team meeting as a refresher. Or you may decide that your organization will utilize all four modules as part of an all staff onboarding.

Trauma Informed Oregon believes that all staff across industries and job descriptions would benefit from having this foundational information. Everyone from clinician to cook, teacher to administrator, finance and HR, to bus driver and front office. Our hope is that these four modules will serve as a jumping off point for you and your team to consider and get curious about what it means to be trauma informed, and how your current policies, procedures, and practices attend to the needs of you, your colleagues, and the people you serve.

So, here’s a brief overview of what you can expect. A 15-minute video covering foundational topic areas in trauma informed care, followed by a quick summary video. Then voices from the community of folks who are engaged in the trauma informed system. Followed by a list of supplemental material including readings, websites, and videos.

Then you’ll be presented with three suggested questions for consideration or discussion. You’re invited to use this set of questions for personal reflection, as well as to guide a group discussion. If you’re using them in a group, we encourage you to first create group agreements pertaining to confidentiality, group dynamics and expectations as well as opportunities for follow up.

And last but not least, you’ll find a content quiz followed by a self-administered certificate of completion. The purpose of the Content Quiz is to give you a chance to assess your understanding of the content covered in each module. If you’re unsure of an answer or you don’t get an answer correct, it’s a great opportunity to explore the content further by doing some additional research online or viewing the module again.

We’re not able to test your skill in trauma informed care, and so really, we encourage you to embody a sort of beginner’s mind if you will. There’s always something new to learn and never time to master the content. So, the quiz is really intended to capture your initial understanding of the content covered in the module itself.

Now, one final note about self-care within a community of care. When discussing the topic of trauma, adversity, and stress, one might encounter feelings of activation or unease. In order to remain in an optimal state of learning, so one that’s engaged, curious, and ready to work with the material, it’s best to use some simple strategies for regulation and integration.

So, for example, give yourself plenty of time and take as many breaks as you need to. Be sure to attend to your basic needs as you’re able to, including food and water. And wherever possible invite someone else to partner with you in learning this material. It’ll give you an opportunity to digest and debrief the material. Always know that we’re here and we’re ready to support you in terms of feedback about the material, or to share other opportunities for further mastery.

Now these suggestions for caring for the self do not exist in a vacuum. A community of care, or ample workforce wellness, if you will, is just as important when embarking on a trauma informed journey. So, we encourage teams and organizations to develop a feedback loop and feedback opportunities for anyone engaged in this material.

How was the training for you? Is there something else you would like to learn more about? As well as to provide ample opportunity for application of these very principles. Our website is a great resource for anyone who is interested in learning more. I also encourage you to visit our online forums, as well as our in-person trainings.

Enjoy these free modules, and stay in touch with your experience, we’d love to hear from you.

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Video: Julio C Galindo Muñiz of the Oregon Child Development Coalition

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Mandy Davis

Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor of Practice at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker. She is Director of Trauma Informed Oregon, a program primarily funded by the Oregon Health Authority, to advance trauma informed care throughout organizations and systems through training, consultation, and implementation resources. Dr. Davis teaches and lectures on implementing trauma informed care and trauma specific services. Her current interests include measuring change when organizations and systems implement the principles of trauma informed care, the impact of toxic stress on the workforce, intersectionality between equity work, and the impact of systemic oppression.

Ana Hristić

Ana Hristić is the Education & Training Coordinator of Trauma Informed Oregon. Ms. Hristić specializes in providing training and consultation to organizations and providers on topics related to implementing trauma informed care. Ms. Hristić has years of direct service experience working with children, teens, and families in special education, acute residential care, therapeutic wilderness camps, foster care and adoption, and outpatient behavioral health. With a background in Social Psychology and Social Work, and a personal interest in contemplative practice, Ms. Hristić enjoys facilitating dialogue that promotes collaboration and healing, while also confronting the impacts of systemic oppression, burnout, and secondary stress.