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This course explores the assumptions and principles of a trauma-informed approach in organizations that provide behavioral health and co-occurring services to individuals and families. It also examines the need for the entire organization (including administrators, support staff, clinicians and clinical supervisors) to incorporate a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma on the consumers of mental health and addiction services, the role that trauma plays in the development of mental health and substance use issues, and the complexity and diversity of ways people recover and heal from trauma. Emphasis is placed on workforce development, screening and assessment, general treatment considerations, evidence-informed/evidence-based trauma specific interventions and cultural competencies.

How it Works

This is a four-week, online course. Each week students are given material to complete online at their convenience during the week. A .pdf certificate will be issued upon completion of all course material and a course evaluation.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the key principles of a trauma informed approach to treatment in behavioral health and co-occurring services and how they differ from traditional approaches
  • Describe the guidelines for implementing a trauma-informed approach in behavioral health treatment services, the elements of trauma-informed workforce development and training, and trauma-informed counselor competencies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of trauma on people, an ability to utilize trauma screening and assessment protocols in a range of treatment settings, and an understanding of clinical issues across services
  • Describe general treatment issues, the range of trauma-specific interventions and cultural competencies related to treatment in a trauma-informed program

About the Facilitator

Patricia A. Burke, MSW, LCSW, BCD is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, a Certified Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Social Worker and a Certified Clinical Supervisor with over 30 of clinical and teaching experience.

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Contact Hours

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 8 contact hours for nurses.
    CCSME Provider Unit is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by ANCC, NE-MSD or CCSME Provider Unit.
  • 8 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
  • 8 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 8 contact hours for CHES.
    CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • Certificate of completion for 8 contact hours for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and other Professionals.

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