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