Free Trauma-Informed Practices Training Offered

BARTOW, Fla. (August 10, 2018) – The Polk County Board of County Commissioner’s Health and Human Services Division, in collaboration with the Citizen’s Healthcare Oversight Committee, brings “Moving from Understanding the Effects of Trauma on the Lives of Those We Serve to Implementing Principles of Trauma Informed Care” to Polk. The widespread interest and attention to trauma has substantially raised awareness and understanding of the long lasting impact, driving strategies and practices that aim to prevent re-traumatization in patients, which ultimately results in better care.

According to the course description, at the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Define trauma and discuss its prevalence in society
  • Explain the effect trauma has on the brain
  • Discuss four strategies to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization
  • Describe two ways trauma affects people developmentally, psychologically and physiologically
  • Develop two action steps to implement trauma-informed practices in their work.

The training is offered by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners through a technical assistance grant from Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Center on Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion. Brian R. Sims, M.D., Senior Director of Medical and Behavioral Health for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and Consultant for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care will present.

The three-hour training will be on Wednesday, August 22 at 8:30 a.m. and will be repeated on Thursday, August 23 at 1 p.m. at Polk State College, Center for Public Safety, located at 1251 Jim Keene Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880. RSVP is requested as space is limited. Please email for questions or to RSVP.

Child Welfare Professionals can be approved for CEU’s through the Florida Certification Board. Approved for Child Welfare continuing education hours by Heartland for Children, FL Certification Board provider #5175 AE.

Behavioral Health Professionals can be approved for CE’s  through the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling; Central Florida Behavioral Health Network; CE Broker Provider Number 50-9215.

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