Training (for individuals, organizations, communities)

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In-Person Training

ACE Interface, 2014
: The ACE Interface Train the Master Trainer Program is designed to support rapid dissemination of ACE and resilience science, and promote understanding and application of the science to improve health and wellbeing across the lifespan. In less than a year, the Master Trainer Program enables delivery of ACE information to diverse communities--with fidelity to science and concepts--to tens of thousands of people. The program is structured with licensed materials, a two-day training provided by Dr. Robert Anda, co-founder of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, and Laura Porter, former director of the Washington State Family Policy Council. 

Echo Parenting and Education, 2018
Our vision at Echo is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of every child. We do this by teaching parents and any adult who serves children about childhood trauma and how it affects the body and brain. Our parenting classes and professional development training emphasize building compassionate adult/child relationships, understanding the critical role of attachment on human development, resilience and healing from trauma.

We take the view that all behavior is communication – either of basic human needs or past trauma intruding on the present. Rather than controlling behavior through punishment and rewards, we see our role as emotional coaches, helping children learn how to regulate their emotions and by modeling empathy and connecting communication. We give adults the tools to create the quality of connection and care that many of us did not experience for ourselves in childhood.  A list of upcoming training is available.

GAINS Center Trauma Training for Criminal Justice Professionals (SAMHSA), 2015
: The GAINS Center has developed training for criminal justice professionals to raise awareness about trauma and its effects. “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses” is a one-day training for criminal justice professionals to:

  • Increase understanding and awareness of the impact of trauma
  • Develop trauma-informed responses
  • Provide strategies for developing and implementing trauma-informed policies

This highly interactive training is specifically tailored to community-based criminal justice professionals, including police officers, community corrections personnel, and court personnel.

Search for a trainer in your area or contact the GAINS Center about holding a training.

Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center, 2016
Description: Gunderson NCPTC offers a 90-minute introduction to ACEs and trauma-informed care, and a 6.5-hour two-part workshop for up to 30 participants. Part one covers ACES, their impact, and working with challenging behaviors. Part two covers trauma-informed care training. Gunderson's headquarters are in Winona, MN; training is offered at a the requesting organization's site. 

National Council on Behavioral Health Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community, 2017
Description: The Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community is an opportunity for mental health and substance use organizations committed to implementing, sustaining and spreading Trauma-Informed Care throughout their organization to join with other providers to promote a fundamental organizational change in the culture of behavioral healthcare. Through this participation in a one-year learning community, organizations will enhance their ability to provide safe and secure physical and social environments and services that are easily accessible, person-centered, competently delivered, culturally respectful and consistent with recovery oriented principles of collaboration, shared decision-making and self-direction.

The National Council will also design learning communities for individual cities and counties, as well as state agencies. 

Origins Training & Consulting, 2017
Description: Origins offers training and consulting for organizations and communities to integrate resilience and trauma-informed practices based on the science of adverse childhood experiences. Origins provides training to executives, management and supervisors, direct service professionals and para-professionals, caregivers, and community members across sectors. The Basics is a half-day workshop that provides the foundation to support trauma-informed and resilience practices in organizations. The session includes an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, the effect of toxic stress on the brain and body, the impact of social and historical trauma, and the science of resilience. Other topics include compassion fatigue, trauma and addiction, resilience, emotional intelligence, and implicit bias. 

Risking Connection for multiple audiences, 2015
Description: Risking Connection creates a robust trauma-informed frame for many of the most-used interventions and processes This includes CBT, DBT and EMDR, as well as methods for adapting education and workplace processes to a more trauma-responsive pattern. The "20 Hour Risking Connection for multiple audiences" is available in a variety of delivery options, from half to full days based on application, staffing, and audience.

SaintA Train the Trainer, 2018
Description: Participants attend a four-day workshop in Milwaukee, WI, in which they are be trained by a senior trainer on SaintA’s 7ei (seven essential ingredients) module of trauma-informed care. Participants enhance their knowledge about the underlying research and resources that support 7ei. Participants are equipped with tools and resources to create awareness and inspire a trauma-informed perspective in their agency or organization. Participants receive opportunities for coaching to deliver the content effectively. 

The Sanctuary Model, 2018
Description: The Sanctuary Model represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing organizational culture over three years. The Model teaches individuals and organizations the necessary skills for creating and sustaining nonviolent lives and nonviolent systems. Sanctuary works with cities and counties, as well as organizations.

Online Learning

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative Brain Story Certification, 2018
Description: The Brain Story, which puts scientific concepts into a narrative that is salient to both expert and non-expert audiences, is a free course from leading experts that will teach you about the science and significance of early experiences and their impact on lifelong health. The Brain Story synthesizes decades of research and reflects a body of knowledge that experts agree is useful for policy makers and citizens to understand. 

  • 30 Hours of instruction time
  • Video of over 30 leading experts in neurobiology and mental health
  • Certification in Brain Story science

Risking Connection Online, 2015
Description: This course uses a combination of experiential and immersive scenarios based on the story of a family in crisis.

THRIVE's Trauma-Informed Webinar Trainings, 2018
Description: THRIVE webinars embody System of Care principles and are well-suited for agency orientations, group or individual viewing. Registration for each webinar is required, and will give access to the Guide to Trauma-Informed Organizational Development and other resources. THRIVE is Maine’s graduated System of Care, and receives funding from Maine’s Department of Corrections Divison of Juvenile Services and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources, 2014
Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health and JBS International offers a video-enhanced resource that supports state and local decision makers, administrators, providers, and youth and family advocates to become more trauma-informed. There are 8 modules with video interviews, issues briefs, and regularly updated annotated resources in each module.

VetoViolence, 2018
Description: "
This training [from CDC's Injury Prevention & Control: Division of Violence Prevention] will help you understand, recognize, and prevent ACEs. You’ll learn about risk and protective factors, outcomes associated with ACEs, and evidence-based strategies you can use to reduce or eliminate the impact of ACEs and stop them from occurring in the first place."

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Working with Childhood Trauma: Provides a basic overview of childhood trauma and how to become trauma-informed, including skill-building around how to provide healing within relationship. This is an introductory one-day training on childhood trauma for those professionals working with children and families who want a solid grounding in this cutting-edge subject.

Working with Childhood Trauma II: The second part of WCT provides a more in-depth look at the cutting-edge science surrounding childhood trauma, plus offers additional skills to help professionals develop a trauma-informed practice. We will examine the impact of toxic stress on child development and dive deeper into the science behind how the brain and body responds to trauma. You will also have an opportunity learn about how to create the conditions that foster resilience and post-traumatic growth. We highly recommend that participants take part one of Working with Childhood Trauma* before taking this training.

Yoga for Trauma Recovery: This training combines physical practice with the latest science on trauma and recovery. You will learn basic yoga and mindfulness techniques to practice in any environment – from the classroom to the office – to bring balance and peace to the mind and body. These tools provide a foundation for a practice that can alleviate and even resolve some of the common impacts of trauma, such as depression, anxiety and health issues, as well as build resilience to toxic stress.

Trauma & Addiction: Trauma and addiction are inextricably linked: From seeing addiction as a disease we are now moving to understanding it as a trauma response. In this full-day training, you will gain tools for a trauma and resiliency focused approach for working with people who experience the symptoms of addiction.

Seeking Safety: Seeking Safety is an evidence-based program for counselors* to help trauma survivors master the skills needed to reestablish basic physical and emotional safety. Originally developed to help those who are dealing with trauma and substance abuse, the techniques and information learned during this training can help anyone in need of stabilization after experiencing trauma, and improve their coping skills. *Seeking Safety is designed for anyone; no license, degree, or prior training is required.

Trauma Informed Early Childhood Education: Echo brings you a one-day training for early childhood educators with information about the brain, trauma and social emotional learning. Working with young children is an incredibly important job. This special workshop offers critical information about the brain, trauma, and strategies to promote social and emotional growth. It also offers early childhood professionals opportunities to reflect on their practice and build the safe, stable nurturing connections children need to thrive.

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NeuroAffective Relational Model: NARM Practitioner Training

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is an advanced clinical training for mental health and somatic practitioners who work with complex trauma in adults and couples.  

Based on the book Healing Developmental Trauma, NARM is an exciting new clinical approach based on the ACEs Study and other neurobiologically-based literature on trauma.

NARM is a cutting-edge model for addressing attachment, relational and develomental trauma, by working with the attachment patterns that cause life-long psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties. These early, unconscious patterns of disconnection deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships. Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex.

This developmentally-oriented, neuroscientifically-informed model bridges traditional psychotherapy with somatic approaches, within a context of relational practice. NARM is a mindfulness-based clinical treatment, as its method is grounded in a phenomenological approach to addressing identity and consciousness of self – who we truly are beneath these patterned ways of relating to ourselves and the world. Seen in this way, healing complex trauma is a vehicle for transformation on a personal and collective level.

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From Trauma to Resilience: Fostering Hope Through Trauma-Informed Care

This training from Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center is designed to help you develop the unique skill-set needed to support individuals who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and traumatic events.

What participants told us they learned:

  • TIC is a philosophical shift and not a diagnosis for PTSD
  • ACEs are prevalent across all economic levels
  • Trauma manifests into different behaviors than expected
  • Teachers should teach as if all students have ACE scores

Intended Audience

This training is designed for professionals who work with children and families, including educators and administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, health and human service providers, faith-based organizations, healthcare and victim advocates.


  • Increase awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and impact on well-being.
  • Explain the physiological effect of trauma on the brain.
  • Improve knowledge on ACEs, Trauma, and Trauma-Informed Care.
  • Describe Trauma-Informed Care and its impact on your work.
  • Generate actionable ideas for applying knowledge to your work with youth and adults.
  • Enhance the community's ability to prevent and respond to trauma


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