Trauma Informed Engagement

This one-day training applies lessons from trauma studies to child welfare practice for children, youth, and adults. Participants will discuss practice guidelines that are crucial to trauma informed practice in any setting. Participants will learn to distinguish trauma from other adversities and suffering; describe the characteristics, dynamics and effects of trauma; and emphasize the ways in which chronic trauma and complex trauma compromise normal functioning. Participants will learn to recognize and respond to situations involving the loss of control of body, mind, and emotions associated with trauma! Participants will practice, and commit to trauma informed engagement strategies, utilizing themes of empowerment, advocacy, and building resilience in children, youth, and adults.

Dee Wilson has worked in the child welfare field since 1971. Mr. Wilson worked as a caseworker in public child welfare in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1971-74 and in Canon City, Colorado from 1974-78. From 1978-2004, Dee Wilson worked in various capacities for Washington State's child welfare system: CPS caseworker (1978-85), CPS supervisor (1985-89), area administrator in the Spokane office (1989-1995), training director (1995-97) and regional administrator in southwest Washington (1997-2004). Since 2004, Mr. Wilson worked at the University of Washington and then went to work at Casey Family Programs as a consultant in child protection.

Audience Description: 

This training will provide a deeper knowledge-base around trauma-informed practice, pairing theory and research on trauma with tips for practical application.

Delivery Method: 
Training Level: 
Social Workers
Area Administrators
Course Requires Coaching Session?: 
Registration Instructions: 

Workforce registration:

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DCYF Alliance Trauma Informed Engagement

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Maestro Course Code: 110609

Special Instructions: 
[DJ 12/5/2019] Updated the course description, per Alissa (with approval from Erik). See request:

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Class Info
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  • Feb 7, 2020 9:00AM to 4:00PM