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Trauma-Informed Practices

Preventing re-traumatization


To be effective and efficient, organizations must provide their services in ways that do not inadvertently re-traumatize the people receiving support. Becoming trauma-informed means adapting practices, policies, physical spaces and more to make services more accessible for everyone. This is especially important for people who have lived experiences of trauma, including staff.

Being trauma-informed does not mean that we don’t address or talk about difficult things. In fact, Trauma-Informed Practices involve creating an inclusive environment for participants to feel safe enough to address their situation and challenges even though they may not have caused them. They allow for services to be flexible and equitable for people from diverse backgrounds and communities. These practices give us the tools to engage with people and move towards post-traumatic growth and a life that is not dominated by past trauma. This training helps learners conceptualize the nature of trauma-informed practices and offers strategies that reduce the risk of re-traumatization.

Learning Objectives

  • Review impacts of trauma

  • Consider the mechanisms of re-traumatization

  • Become more mindful of negative messaging and language

  • Assess areas of trauma-informed practice using an assessment tool

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work

2.0 CEUs (CEP-275)

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy   

LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2023.CE.ADC.133)
LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2023.CE.394)

MN Board of Nursing

This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.