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Trauma Informed Supervision

Managing a team through trauma exposure


Helping professionals are exposed to the traumatic lived experiences of the people they are working with, putting these workers at high risk for secondary traumatic stress and a lessening of their ability to empathize and connect with their clients. In addition the workplace can sometimes reenact traumatic encounters for workers with primary trauma, increasing their risk for re-traumatization and reducing their effectiveness with clients. Accumulation of these different work stresses affect staff performance, so supervisors need to incorporate knowledge and awareness about traumatic stress into their leadership role and supervision practices. This class aims to help supervisors proactively manage a team through trauma exposure.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify sources of primary and secondary traumatic stress

  • Preventative and responsive approaches to addressing traumatic stress

  • Practice using a Trauma Informed Supervisor self-assessment

  • Planning for trauma exposure with staff

  • Critical Incident Stress Management

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)

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