Trauma and Trauma Informed Practice for Helping Professionals

Scroll Down to Register | March 8, 2019 Snowdate

The growing visibility of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) research paired with a national focus on building trauma informed systems has created the demand for human serving professionals rooted in a strong foundational understanding of trauma, its impacts, and how to support those exposed. This includes the interaction of trauma and substance use. However, despite the workforce demands for trauma specific knowledge and skills, many degree programs still do not require coursework or training in this field. This often leaves professionals without the necessary knowledge and skills to address this public health issue with the populations they are serving across sectors. CCSME is sponsoring a training in partnership with Saint Joseph’s College of Maine to provide a day-long professional development workshop focused on increasing knowledge in trauma informed approaches and skills for serving those who have a history of trauma exposure. This training will provide participants an introduction to trauma as a public health issue, trauma informed principles and approaches, and specific intervention skills that can be applied with individuals and families.  A specific focus on working with children and/or adults with a history of childhood trauma will be included. This training will include both interactive didactic delivery of information and experiential activities where participants will have the opportunity to apply information they’ve learned with the goal of enhancing or improving trauma informed practice skills.

 Training objectives include:

  • Identify trauma informed principles and core concepts for working with those exposed to trauma

  • Identify the impact of trauma on behavior and development including substance use.

  • Define trauma and identify trauma symptoms

  • Apply basic strategies for responding to individuals who may be experiencing trauma symptoms.

  • Define vicarious trauma/secondary traumatic stress

  • Identify strategies for self-care when working with trauma survivors


Rebecca Brown, MSW, LCSW Rebecca Brown is the Director of Social Work Programs and Associate Professor of Social Work at Saint Joseph’s College. Read more…

Rebecca Hoffman Frances, MA, LMFT  Rebecca Hoffmann Frances, is the Senior Director of Clinical Innovation and Training at Maine Behavioral Healthcare in Portland Maine and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. Read more…

5.75 Contact Hours for nurses, psychologists, counselors, CHES, social workers and other, pending for alcohol and drug counselors.


Snow Date – March 8, 2019 | Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Refunds and Other Policies

Participants may bring their own lunch or dine in Pearson’s Cafe for $7

Parking – follow signage to the right of the Alfond Recreation Center Campus Map