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Gabriella Grant Consulting (GGC) offers consultation and training on a wide variety of topics relevant to the multi-faceted experiences of trauma-exposed populations.

About Gabriella Grant

Gabriella brings to her consultation and training work a long history of professional experience developing innovative programs for female offenders, crime victims, and domestic violence survivors. Through this work she has also gained an understanding of how program design, policies and procedures can positively affect the people being served. She earned her undergraduate degree from Amherst College, a Latin teaching certificate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and a Masters in Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University. She has taught at the primary, secondary and university levels and has trained professionals, advocates and consumers in a wide variety of settings.


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Trauma Informed Training

Trauma Informed Training

Trauma Informed Training

Gabriella Grant Consulting, Inc. (GGC) provides training to clinical and non-clinical staff in order to develop a therapeutically beneficial milieu within which specific interventions and treatments can function more effectively.

Below is a list of our current training topics. If there is a topic that your agency would like that is not listed below, upon further consultation, GGC can prepare a tailored webinar or provide a referral to another consulting agency. Past tailored webinar topics have included trauma and sex work, domestic violence and trauma, and sexual assault revictimization risk reduction.

Training Topics

Trauma Informed Foundations

This training provides participants, managers, line staff and administrators with key elements of what a trauma informed program looks like (and does not look like). It follows the 2001 “Using Trauma Theory to Design Service Systems” framework as well as providing resources for assessing and transforming agencies to become more trauma informed.

Neurobiology of Trauma

Neurobiology and related science show that traumatic exposure affects the brain both at the time of the event and over the lifespan. Once the neurobiology of trauma is understood through a user friendly approach, staff and agencies can better understand client reactions, better understand how to minimize re-traumatization and triggering interaction, and know how to use neurobiology to create safety and connection.

Trauma and Homelessness: Trauma Informed Services

This training offers a look at both homelessness and housing from a trauma informed lens. First, through a deeper understanding of trauma, the attendees will apply the trauma informed framework onto the services they are providing. Examples from housing agencies involved in housing people experiencing chronic homelessness, HIV, and domestic violence will be reviewed and real case studies applying the trauma informed framework will be used in the training.

Trauma and Parenting: Creating a Safe Home Base

This training provides a framework to enhance parenting safety.  A research-based overview, it focuses on the safety, child abuse law, casework practice and the interaction between parenting and the impact of trauma and the pandemic on both the child and parent.  It considers emerging research into the intergenerational transmission of trauma as well as practice approaches to help parents increase both physical and emotional safety with their interactions with their children.

Trauma and Eating Disorders

This training gives providers a research-based understand of eating disorders, their cultural role and how to treat eating disorders (primary, secondary and tertiary).  Attendees will gain skills to discuss disordered eating and exercise in safety-focused ways that also facilitate trauma recovery.  Ideally, attendees apply these concepts to themselves first, so that they can more clearly work with clients’ disordered eating and exercise issues.

Suicide, Self Harm, and Trauma

People with trauma histories often engage in self-harming and self-injurious behaviors. In this training, participants learn about the connection between earlier experiences of violence and abuse and current or recent suicidal behavior and/or self injury. The training emphasizes skills building on asking about suicide, addressing unsafe behaviors, promoting connection, and providing resources. Techniques practiced include grounding, safe coping, and responding empathetically to disclosures of suicidal thoughts. Laws and legal parameters are also discussed.

Substance Abuse and Trauma: Youth Focus

This training focuses on aspects to improve the co-occurring treatment of trauma and substance abuse issues as well as the integration of both issues when only one condition is under treatment. Using the standards from SAMHSA’s TIP 57 and Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, attendees will have a strong set of skills to treat clients who struggle with historically challenging yet far too common conditions.  Evidence-based practices will be identified and foundational skills will be practiced during the training.

PTSD / Complex PTSD

This training focuses on the definitions and distinctions between trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, dissociation and related terms.  Attendees will review resources related to the difference between grief/loss and trauma; the SAMHSA (TIP 57) definition of trauma; the DSM-V PTSD diagnosis; and the related unofficial diagnosis called Developmental Trauma Disorder developed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk as a diagnosis separate from PTSD.  While some clients may exhibit PTSD symptoms, many if not most clients in a publicly funded program will have exposure to trauma, trauma-related symptoms like substance use or similar unsafe behaviors, and a strong dissociative defense to protect themselves within relationships of unequal power dynamics.  While no prior education is required for this training, attendees should have basic familiarity with the concepts and definitions mentioned above in order to assist in deepening the discussion.

Rules: Making Them Safe and Effective

This training examines themes related to rules and trauma.  It teaches a decision tree for objectively writing rules for trauma-exposed individuals, especially in situations where existing programs frequently use consequences, exiting, and other punishments for rule breaking.  Attendees are offered an opportunity to transform a broken rule from their program or home.

Self Care and the Professional

This training provides staff people with an understanding of how working with populations exposed to trauma can affect them in their personal lives. Specific suggestions on self care, resources, and fellowship provide experiential examples of how to feel better immediately when struggling with the impact of trauma work.

Thank you so much for a dynamic, inspiring presentation yesterday for Berkeley Mental Health. I learned a lot from your training, and already applied it today!
— Thu A. Bui, M.D., Psychiatrist,
Berkeley Mental Health

On our last grant, the one you helped us initiate, we scored highest and got a 3 year grant based on our trauma informed services incorporating evidence based practices. We have an officially trained Seeking Safety trainer doing our support groups and we are using motivational interviewing with our clients with co-occurring DV, mental health and substance abuse issues. We couldn’t have done it without you!!!
— Tracy Lamb
Executive Director of Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS)
domestic violence program

Trauma Informed Consultation

Trauma Informed Consultation

Trauma Informed Consultation

Gabriella Grant Consulting (GGC) provides tailored consultation for agencies wishing to develop a trauma informed framework, program design, policies, staff development, and data collection and measures. Contact GGC via the scheduling form, email at, or call us at 831-515-7570 to discuss your agency’s specific needs.

Consultation options include

  • Agency assessment and certification
  • Trauma informed program design
  • Curriculum development
  • Measuring, collecting and analyzing data
  • Rules, policies and procedures
  • Strategic planning
  • Elimination of seclusion and restraint

Recent Consultations

Short Term Residential Treatment Centers (Central California)

Due to legislation related to the Continuum of Care Reform effort, the State of California is phasing out traditional group homes. Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Centers (STRTCs) provide temporary, high quality, intensive interventions that are required to be trauma informed. A 100-year-old former group home and non-public school requested training and technical assistance for the STRTC accreditation process laid out by the state. First, the section for the STRTC related to trauma informed practices was developed in detail for the pending application. Feedback from the state indicated that the section on trauma informed practices was extremely well developed. An agency assessment—including an online staff self-assessment, an onsite focus group for staff and children, observation of services and a review of policies and procedures—resulted in an assessment of current practice and specific recommendations for progress toward the next level of transformation. A foundational training was developed and provided to staff, who rated the training as exceptionally helpful to their work.

Behavioral Healthcare

Onsite consultation for a multi-service behavioral health agency in rural Nebraska involved developing both an agency-wide framework based in the five core values of trauma informed service provision, as well as specific agency recommendations to develop strengths. For example, a safe, effective approach to practice emotional regulation was demonstrated with real clients at a day treatment program for adults with cognitive disabilities; staff then practiced conducting the techniques and developing creative ways to make them fun and practical.

Victim/Witness Program

After providing an all-day training on trauma informed services for all victim witness staff in a large urban community in Northern California, consultation included meeting with specific programs where staff completed a four-dimensional agency assessment. Based on the findings of the assessment, 10 key recommendations were developed and a strategic planning process involving all staff prioritized the 10 recommendations for the agency to focus on. One outcome was a survey for licensed therapists to complete in order to be included as a referral for crime victims; the survey asked specific questions related to trauma informed practice, training, and approach. Of the 70 therapists who completed the survey, about half were approved for referrals and the others were given a year to increase specific capacities.

Program Design and Residential Policies

A residential program for people with intellectual disabilities in Central Coastal California asked for consultation to improve program rules. Through the consultation, the agency was able to better understand how to create collaborative agreements related to program design and residential program elements. An example included a job readiness program that shifted from telling clients how to dress (“you must dress in business-appropriate clothes”) to creating meaningful goals that clients choose to work on: “Job seekers who dress professionally increase their job prospects, therefore I would like to dress for success while job searching.”