The Challenges of Contextualizing Trauma Training

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Lakeside has one of the most exhaustive trauma curriculum content in the country. We feature a series of trauma workshops, a full certification program for trauma competent professionals, a school-based Neurologic training for teachers and administrators, and a full organizational trauma-informed certification program authored by Dr. Sandra Bloom

We’re continuing to develop workshops on trauma and grief, trauma and social media, and an entire trauma certification program for early childhood centers. We have state-wide contracts to train thousands of professionals who are dealing with trauma-impacted children and adults.

Lakeside also works with organizations to consult and help them train their staff within their own system. The reality of trauma and its impact permeates the helping professions in multi-faceted ways. It has different ways of manifesting itself in different professions and in different settings. Often after one of our trainings there needs to be a processing session that will help the participants figure out how to apply what they have learned to better help in their own environments and to those they serve.

I know from speaking to many organizations that they all want to contextualize trauma training to their experience and practice in their field. This is not a “one size fits all” type of training, but there is researched-based information that is common to any profession. However, there are also principles and practices that uniquely apply to specific situations. 

Our desire has been to be a comprehensive trauma resource organization. We have come to realize that a greater part of this challenge is not simply to get professionals and organizations to gain knowledge and understand the depth of the impact of trauma, but also to find ways to apply that information to their specific sphere of influence. That will involve a next-steps approach to figuring out how to contextualize our training to a variety of audiences.

Addictions, violence, mental health crises, suicide, academic failure, crime, and many other social ills are rooted in trauma or some form of adversity. How we translate the implications of trauma to all of these fields will only improve our application of how it can be addressed with a view to healing.

Like Dr. Bloom’s Creating PRESENCE training, we offer values and skills to help organizations apply these trauma-informed perspectives to their own unique environment. We have found those organizational differences to be significant and in need of applications that are relevant to their culture and practice. The Creating PRESENCE model can be molded to fit a variety of organizational mental models of treatment and care.

Further, Lakeside has developed video studios where we can add specific contextual application trainings to specific professions and situations that are relevant to many of the issues our clients are facing in their environments. All of this is challenging and yet very inspiring. We embrace the next steps of trauma-informed and responsive care in order to better support those that are on the front lines, dealing with significant types of adversity and trauma.

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