Disaster and Trauma Training Series

Part One: The Basics

This is an introduction to foundational public health terms and approaches to disaster in order to reduce its immediate, intermediate and long-term negative effects. The purpose of the webinar is to give human service providers accurate language to discuss disaster with clients and patients. Key resources are provided.


  1. Provide standard terms and definitions from public health to describe disaster and its response
  2. Give human service providers the words and information to begin to talk about what is currently happening (coronavirus in California)

Webinar Recording:

Part One Materials Link:

Google Drive folder containing PowerPoint PDF, Safe Coping Skills handout (in English and Spanish), Spirituality & Trauma white paper PDF, DSM-5 for PTSD PDF, PTS in First Responders fact sheet PDF and downloadable copy of webinar recording

Part One Other Videos and Resources Links:

The Soothing Butterfly Hug is also called EMDR self-help. It can calm and rebalance the nervous system using bilateral stimulation. It can help processing traumatic reactions, and lessen intense emotions and symptoms of stress.
Neurobiology of trauma introduction to a variety of adaptive responses that can be used under threat, with a focus on the hyperarousal and dissociative continuum

Part Two: Self-Protection

The Self-Protection webinar is designed to help client-based work to focus concretely on building safety through self-protection. Increasing safety is the concrete short-term goal to increase wellbeing overall, reducing the longer-term negative impact of disaster exposure, specifically for trauma survivors. By comparing and contrasting grief and trauma, client-based work can help people though those processes, as needed. By learning to distinguish between physical and emotional safety, professionals can assist clients to promote safety during and after COVID-19 and the shutdown.


  1. Use trauma-informed approaches to build safety through self-protection
  2. Use public health approach of prevention and universal precautions
    a. Compare and contrast trauma and grief
    b. Distinguish between physical and emotional safety
  3. Recognize the inevitable impact of trauma work

Webinar Recording:

Part Two Materials Link:

Google Drive folder containing PowerPoint PDF, Building Safety workbook PDF, Trauma Survivor Bill of Rights PDF, Part One handouts on Spirituality & Trauma and Safe Coping Skills (in English and Spanish), and downloadable copy of webinar recording

Part Two Other Resources Links:

Part Three: Safe Action

The Safe Action webinar is designed to focus client-based work more concretely on building safety through safe action. This training explores the role of effective action and blocked action in the trauma dynamic. Trainees will develop a variety of creative and fun approaches to helping clients take action steps toward building safety skills.


  1. Understand action as a natural part of human response to physical safety threats
  2. Develop the ability to connect trauma to a prior blocked action
  3. Focus active efforts on action as steps to produce coping and increase resilience

Webinar Recording:

Part Three Materials Link:

Google Drive folder containing PowerPoint PDF, Six Necessary Safety Categories PDF, Safe Talk/Thoughts PDF, Massachusetts DMH Safety Tool PDF, Part One and Two handouts on Safe Coping Skills (in English and Spanish) and Building Safety workbook PDF, downloadable copy of Safety Focused video, and downloadable copy of webinar recording

Part Three Resource Link and Other Video

A grounding activity led by Gabriella Grant

Part Four: Self Regulation

The Self Regulation webinar focuses on understanding the somatosenory system as part of the safety production process. Self-regulatory activities are practiced during the webinar.


  1. Identify the three brain segments of the neurosequential model
  2. Explore the concept of ontogeny as a safety-building evolutionary mechanism
  3. Engage trainees to actively try several self-regulatory activities

Webinar Recording:

Part Four Materials Link:

Google Drive folder containing PowerPoint PDF, Grounding Activities/Techniques PDF, Capacitar Trauma Tool Kit PDF, How to Manage Trauma PDF, Capacitar Practices of Healing to Transform Anxiety PDF, Building Safety workbook PDF from Part Two and Part Three, downloadable copy of the Safety Focused video from Part Three, and downloadable copy of webinar recording

Part Four Other Resources: