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Trauma and Loss

Trauma and Loss

Riverside Trauma Center provides training sessions for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, schools, organizations, workplaces, first responders and others. Continuing education hours are available for Psychologists, Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses for many Riverside Trauma Center sponsored trainings. We can design a customized training to provide the information that is most applicable to your organization.

Call us at 781-433-0672, ext. 5738 for more information and to schedule a training for your organization. Click here to customize your training program with us to meet your requirements:


Understanding Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

Description: This training provides information about the prevalence and impact of potentially traumatic events and explains why a focus on trauma is important. The training defines what it means to be trauma-informed, how this differs from and overlaps with trauma treatment, as well as what providers can do to ensure their practices/policies are more trauma-informed. The concepts of safety, predictability, and control are explored and strategies to help establish them are highlighted. Particular attention is paid to self/co-regulation, affect management, and self-care skills both for the people being served and the providers themselves. The length of this training can vary from 90 minutes to a full day (6 contact hours) depending on the desired level of depth and interaction.

Audience: Schools, community agencies, workplaces, and other organizations


Understanding Trauma and Trauma Sensitive Schools

Description: This training is designed to help people working within school systems to understand the prevalence and impact of traumatic events, and looks at why a focus on trauma is important. It discusses the idea of trauma-informed care and what it means to be a trauma-sensitive or safe and supportive school, how this differs from and overlaps with trauma treatment, as well as what school personnel can do to ensure their practices/policies are more trauma-informed. The concepts of safety, predictability, and control are explored, and strategies to help establish them in school settings are highlighted. Particular attention is paid to self- and co-regulation, affect management, and self-care skills both for students and school personnel. This training can be tailored to be anywhere from a comprehensive and interactive full-day to just a basic overview in 1 hour or 90 minutes. It can target all school personnel or be geared more towards school counselors. Ongoing consultation and support on becoming a trauma-sensitive school is also available.

Audience: Mental health professionals, guidance counselors, school administrators, and school personnel.


Responding to Grief and Sudden Loss in Schools and Communities

Description: This 2-hour training provides schools and communities with the tools for managing sudden or traumatic loss. Administrators and school behavioral staff will learn to facilitate healthy grieving, with the goal of helping the community integrate the loss. The training includes an overview of different models of grief, including a discussion of variations in individual, developmental, family, gender, and cultural styles of grieving. Research on what is often helpful for bereaved individuals is presented. There is an emphasis on the complexities of dealing with suicide or other traumatic loss. In the case of a suicide death, a discussion of the broader topic of suicide postvention and its role in facilitating grieving, as well as preventing future suicide deaths is included.

Audience: Schools, community agencies, workplaces, and many other organizations


The Toll of Working with Trauma: Understanding Self-Care as an Ethical Imperative

Description: It is necessary for human service professionals to understand, acknowledge, and respond to the ways in which clients’ experiences impact them. Mitigating this impact allows the work to be sustainable and for human service professionals to be able to provide the highest levels of care. This training covers the scope and impact of trauma and provides an in-depth understanding of the toll that working with people who have been through trauma has on human service professionals through vicarious and direct exposures, as well as acknowledging that rates of early adversity for those who go into this work tend to be higher than in other fields. Advances in the concepts of trauma stewardship and toxic stress will be described. The framework of the 3Rs of Self-Care: Reflection, Regulation, and Relaxation will be introduced, and examples of safe and healthy coping strategies in each of these domains will be provided. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own understanding, history, and methods for coping, and to consider ways to address the barriers to engaging in self-care on personal, systemic, and societal levels, so that they may remain able to provide optimum levels of intervention.

Audience: Mental health professionals


Coping with Uncertainty

Description: This two-hour training will provide tips for coping during these times of uncertainty using the proven framework of safety, predictability, and control. We’ll cover topics such as: how to support myself, my family, and loved ones during this time; strategies available to help feel more in control and ways to reduce underlying feelings of anxiety or hopelessness.

Audience: Schools, community agencies, hospitals, workplaces, and other organizations. Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner practitioners.

The webinar is great! It is affirming everything I have been feeling for several years” – Ann Salerno, Mom, Physician, and Co-Founder of Mommying is Hard, an active support group for moms. 


Sexual Assault & People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Adaptations to Treatment

Description: This day-long multi-disciplinary training will include 60 staff from three core service providers: MA Rape Crisis Centers, the MA Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and the MA Disabled Persons Protection Commission. The training will provide baseline understandings of the impact of trauma generally and sexual assault in particular for the general population as well as the specific vulnerabilities and resulting responses that may appear in people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The training will also address issues of consent and healthy sexuality among this population. An overview of existing services for sexual assault survivors and for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be provided. Service providers will have opportunities to interact and participate across disciplines using case scenarios and table top activities to think through how they could best provide services to survivors in a variety of situations.

Audience: Mental health clinicians who work with survivors of sexual assault.


Crisis Management for Schools and Institutions

Description: In this 4-hour training, attendees will learn the overarching principles which should inform the process of deciding a school or an organization’s response to a traumatic event. Participants will learn the basics of the human stress response system, the neurobiology of trauma and various models of grief. They will learn the core components of crisis response, including the most commonly encountered “dilemmas” in the aftermath of crises situations. Ongoing consultation and support on becoming a trauma-sensitive school is also available.

Audience: Schools, community agencies, hospitals, workplaces, and other organizations. Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner practitioners.


Implications of Islamophobia: Its Impact Beyond the Muslim Community and Key Components of Allyship

Description: This presentation examines the impact of Islamophobia within the Muslim community, especially in the identity development of Muslim youth. It discusses the far-reaching influence of Islamophobia on other marginalized and minority communities. It explores ways in which the narratives around American-Muslims are changing. Attendees learn key components of Allyship, and they explore ways in which they can become allies to these disenfranchised groups in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Audience: Schools, community agencies, workplaces, mental health professionals, and other organizations.


Fostering Resilience

Description: While we know that traumatic stress can severely impact people’s lives, we also know that the most common outcome after any potentially traumatic event is that people maintain fairly steady levels of functioning and, in some cases, experience post-traumatic growth. Resilience is the norm and the characteristics and skills that allow people to be resilient can be developed, bolstered, and applied before, during, and after highly stressful events. This 2-3 hour training provides the groundwork for understanding what can go wrong with traumatic stress, but also what can be done to help things go right. The training provides a framework for understanding the concept of resilience. Several models of resilience are presented. Activities and a discussion guide encourage participants to think about ways they can foster their own resilience and that of people with whom they work.

Audience: Schools, community agencies, workplaces, and many other organizations.

Training Rates

Two-Hour Training: Within MA $810

Half-Day Training: Within MA $1,820 / Outside MA $3,570

Full-Day Training: Within MA $4,440 / Outside MA $5,100


Riverside Trauma Center provides training sessions for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, schools, organizations, workplaces, first responders and others. Continuing education hours are available for Psychologists, Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses for many Riverside Trauma Center sponsored trainings. We can design a customized training to provide the information that is most applicable to your organization.

To discuss any questions you may have, call us at 781-433-0672, ext. 5738.