Trauma Competency Training

Level I

Training participants will explore the current trauma-informed care and PTSD treatment outcome literature in order to understand foundational trauma knowledge including prevalence, trauma theory, and principles of trauma-specific care.

Training participants will review the competency-based trauma mental health literature including the attitude, knowledge and skills of the trauma-competent counselor.

Training participants will develop trauma-competent therapeutic presence which involves ensuring that both trauma client and clinician remained grounded during session to ensure their emotional safety and well-being.

Level II

Training participants will explore the neurobiologically-informed literature in order to understand the foundational trauma knowledge needed to provide psychoeducation on the neurobiology of the traumatized brain and how the brain heals through treatment.

Training participants will review Herman’s tri-phasic model and apply all three stages (safety and stabilization, working through and reconnection) to clinical practice through the use of case studies and video.

Training participants will develop trauma-competent and evidence-based assessment and diagnostic skills according to the DSM V and how to provide assessment in a trauma-informed way including trauma-focused consent to treatment.

Level III

Training participants will explore the current trauma-competent supervision literature in order to understand models of trauma-specific clinical supervision.

Training participants will review the ethics of competency-based trauma mental health literature including how to apply these skills using case examples.

Training participants will apply an evidence-based, trauma-informed conceptual framework during experiential exercises to practice the trauma-focused skills  inherent to trauma-competent clinical practice.

Trainer Biographies

Melinda Paige earned a Ph.D in Counselor Education and Practice and an Ed. S in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. She is a founding director of the Trauma Competency Institute, LLC as well as an Associate Professor and subject matter expert for trauma counseling curriculum at Argosy University. Melinda has seventeen years of clinical experience working with survivors of trauma as well as national training and consulting experience in trauma competency. Her research interests include trauma counselor competency and development. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia, a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCA) in Georgia, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCAGA), and the International Association for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

Continuing Education Information

Each training participant will receive a certificate of completion as well as 5 Continuing Education Units provided by the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCAGA)

Training Session Information

Trainings begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm with a half hour lunch break at noon.