Course Description

Even before the COVID pandemic, trauma was widely prevalent in our society. The collective trauma we are all experiencing now as the result of this pandemic has only exacerbated the issue. Moreover, trauma has negatively affected organizations, taxing already stressed systems of care and practitioner wellness. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an intervention and organizational approach that focuses on how trauma may affect an individual’s life and their response to supervision. Trauma-informed supervision (TIS) is taking the key principles of TIC and applying them in a relational way with supervisees. This presentation will take a closer look at how the application of the six values of trauma-informed care in supervisory practice can and will drive connection and can be applied in multiple service settings. We will also examine implicit bias and ways supervisors can address their own biases to better connect with a diverse and inclusive workforce. Never has this topic been more relevant and needed in our workspaces.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the significance of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) study as a public health and workplace concern.
  • Define and identify key terminology and concepts related to trauma
  • Articulate what trauma-informed care is and identify the six principles of a trauma-informed, compassionate work culture.
  • Understand how past trauma and a traumatized workspace can affect employee engagement, health, and productivity.
  • Identify some of the best practices of trauma-informed supervision.
  • Define implicit bias and identify ways to overcome it.
  • Become familiar with diversity, equity and inclusion and its place in the trauma-informed workspace.
  • Describe the next steps to implementing trauma-informed care in the workplace.


Because this course is interactive, we recommend joining from a computer or smart device. Phone-only participation is not recommended.

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