Delaware County Department of Human Services Hosting Three Free Trauma-Informed Care Trainings

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Released: March 25, 2024

Delaware County Department of Human Services Hosting Three Free Trauma-Informed Care Trainings

The Delaware County Department of Human Services (DHS) is excited to offer three Trauma-Informed Care training sessions over the next couple of months. These free sessions are designed for caregivers, health and human service professionals, educators, and any Delaware County resident interested in learning more about the impact of trauma on individuals and their community.

Trauma can impact anyone, either directly or indirectly, with effects that may linger and deeply influence one's behavior, relationships, and physical health. A better understanding of trauma, its causes, and its effects can empower individuals and organizations to foster environments that promote healing, resilience, and compassionate support.

Each of the three virtual training sessions, accessible via Zoom, will provide key insights and skills critical to enhancing care and support strategies. Gaining knowledge about trauma, its origins, and effects is a critical step towards fostering healing and providing effective support.

Training sessions will last two and a half hours. Two sessions are scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2024, and one session for Thursday, June 13, 2024.

Session Highlights

  • Trauma 101 - Overview of Trauma-Informed Care.  April 4, 2024, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Kickstart your learning with an interactive workshop that introduces the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experience study. Delve into the basics of brain development, the effects of toxic stress, and explore the four foundational components of trauma-informed care. This session is your first step towards understanding and implementing a trauma-informed approach.
  • Trauma 102 - Basic Skills of Trauma-Informed Care. April 4, 2024, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Building upon the insights from Trauma 101, this session expands your knowledge of trauma and equips you with specific skills. These are designed to enhance your ability to interact in emotionally and relationally healthy ways with those affected by trauma. Learn how to apply these skills in your daily interactions and support those in your care with empathy and understanding.
  • Trauma 103 - Recognizing Vicarious & Secondary Trauma for Caregivers. June 13, 2024, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Caregivers are uniquely at risk for vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout. This critical session provides participants with the tools to recognize the signs and symptoms of these conditions in themselves and others. Learn how to navigate these challenges while maintaining your well-being and capacity to care.

How to Register

Please send your name, agency, and selected training sessions to A Zoom link for each session will be provided a week before the training dates, ensuring that participants can join from anywhere with ease.

Our 'System of Care'

DHS embraces a 'System of Care' philosophical approach that encourages collaboration across agencies, families, and youth, aiming to ensure that effective, community-based services — especially those with mental health challenges — are tailored to the unique needs of each individual. These 'Trauma-Informed Care' trainings are a pivotal part of this commitment, designed to equip our community and professionals with the understanding and skills necessary to create a supportive, comprehensive care environment.

By participating in these trainings, individuals and professionals across Delaware County can become integral components of a 'System of Care' that prioritizes holistic, informed, and empathetic support services."

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  •   201 West Front Street,
         Media, PA 19063
  •   8:30AM - 4:30PM
           Monday - Friday
  •   610-891-4000

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Delaware County, presently consisting of over 184 square miles divided into forty-nine municipalities is the oldest settled section of Pennsylvania.

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