UNDERSTAND TRAUMA

Including the traumatic response, trauma informed care, types and characteristics of trauma

THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF TRAUMA

Understanding the Brain’s Response to Trauma for both children and adults .

CARING FOR PROFESSIONALS

Explore Self Care and Resilience for the Trauma Professional, first responders and those working around traumatic events.

UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA

Trauma-Informed Work is providing service with the understanding that the client/witness/victim with whom you are working probably has been exposed to a traumatic event. Knowing this, we strive to provide service and support in such a way as to not trigger, become part of, or create a new traumatic event. Traumatic events have an impact on the victim’s brain development, emotional regulation capacity, and behavior. Having the ability to identify an individual with the effects of trauma better enables us to work effectively with them, and more effectively encourage compliance.

During this online course, we will create a foundation of understanding by discussing the types of trauma and violence, defining what trauma and traumatic response is, as well as understanding trauma-informed care. We’ll explore the latest brain science for an understanding of how the brain responds to and is altered by trauma. We’ll also delve into some categories you have likely heard about, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Intergenerational Trauma, Secondary Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, and Post-Traumatic Growth. Finally, we’ll explore the core concepts in post-traumatic responses, including those in children, and how we can develop self-care routines and resiliency in ourselves to sustain ourselves as we work with others experiencing traumatic events.


This online course is pre-approved for 4.5 CEU credits by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing. To learn more about NOVA, visit trynova.org.


The information shared through the Understanding Trauma Course is not intended to constitute medical or mental health advice and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with appropriate experts in your own jurisdiction.

Online TRAINING

Designed for the Busy Working Professional

Whether you are new in the field or you’re ready to take the next step in your career, consider investing in your future throught this course which is filled with more than 5 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.

EASY TO USE

Convenient and Affordable Training on your own schedule and without the need to travel.

PROFESSIONAL

Taught by Duane Bowers who has worked for decades as a Licensed Professional Counsellor with families and survivors of trauma and child exploitation.

PRACTICAL

Courses consist of real-world info important for any Social Worker, Advocate or Justice Professional.

grow in your career

Your online course is filled with more than 5 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.

WHAT IS TRAUMA

UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA INFORMED CARE

EXPLORING AND UNDERSTANDING TRAUMATIC EVENTS

CHARACTERISTICS OF TRAUMATIC RESPONSE

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF TRAUMA

IDENTIFY POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

EDUCATING THE CLIENT ABOUT GUILT AND ANGER

UNDERSTANDING RESILIENCE AND STRESS MANAGEMENT

INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA

CHILDREN AND TRAUMA: ACES

CHILD BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

TRAUMA AND AGE GROUPS

UNDERSTANDING INTERVENTIONS FOR CHILDREN

TAKING CARE OF STAFF

TRAUMA INFORMED SYSTEMS AND AGENCIES

Continuing Education Credit

This online course is available for advocates to earn 4.5 CEU credits towards the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and/or the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing. To learn more about NOVA, visit trynova.org.

Meet Your Instructor

Duane Bowers

Duane Bowers , LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Educator in private practice. As a therapist, Duane’s specialty is working with survivors of trauma and traumatic loss, child exploitation and trafficking which includes providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited, trafficked and murdered victims as well as professional staff working directly in the field. Duane is responsible for the development of support, clinical supervision and training of staff and volunteers for a variety of organizations that deal with these issues in the US and Canada. He is a principle in Project SafeGuard which provides support for the staff of the Exploited Child Division of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which is responsible for analyzing child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on the internet to assist law enforcement. Duane also provides staff support to the NCMEC Child Sex Trafficking Team.


In addition, Duane provides wellness support to the Trust and Safety Division of Tumblr, Flickr, Automattic and Yahoo, the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce, the Alexandria City Police Investigators, International Justice Mission (IJM) field and headquarters staff, Montgomery County Child Welfare Services, Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center, and Palantir by creating and facilitating training and support and wellness programs for their staff members.

What People Are Saying about This?

A lot of really good information about changes to the brain

- Andrea

Absolutely everything (was helpful). An extremely important topic.

- Anita

The information shared about the core elements of resilience and how to improve it were very helpful. I thought it was good that the presenter did talk about the science behind how the body processes/reacts to stress without getting too ‘into the weeds.’ I also liked the information about research on wellness and things we can do to improve problem-solving during times of cognitive strain.

- Amy

I love how Duane always mixes the brain activity and chemicals associated with the emotions and behaviors exhibited and experienced. The way he intertwines science with real-world examples is so helpful to learning. Please keep bringing him back to talk about all he knows. I learn so much every time regardless of the topic he is covering.

- Leah

This was good info. Our department is looking to become more trauma-informed so this was definitely relative to the direction we are moving toward.

- Cori

Fantastic -- very helpful for those of who are not law enforcement, but work alongside them to help those in our community

- Scott

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is the Course?

The price is $175 for each student. We do have discounts available for JCH Members and group purchases involving three or more personnel. Please contact aaron@justiceclearinghouse.com for details


But I Already Work Full-time… Would I Have Time?

We hear you. Only you know about the demands of your job or if you can “juggle” the demands of work, family, and school. That said, online courses are a great way to get the knowledge you need for career growth, without being tied down to a specific schedule, being out of the office for days at a time, or burdened by the expense of high priced tuition or travel costs. Split up into bite sized components, each course section can be completed over a lunch break in a week’s time – sometimes less. And don’t worry: if life gets in the way, you’ll have a whole year to complete the lessons on your own schedule.


What Internet Browsers Can I Use

We have tested the course using Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. The Learning Management System does not work well with Firefox.


How Do I Log In?

Once we receive payment (online or check), we will contact you with instructions on how to log in. If you paid online, you should receive an email within five minutes.


How do I pay?

You can pay by credit card or debit card through our online check out. For agencies paying by Purchase Order, or if your agency is wanting to enroll 3 or more people (20% discount), please contact us at aaron@justiceclearinghouse.com.




Understanding Trauma Course

Understanding Trauma Course

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