From: April 25, 2019 at 9:00am to: 1:00pm
Dan Overton, MA LMHC
Details: Although prevalence estimates vary, there is consensus that high percentages of justice-involved women and men have experienced serious trauma throughout their lifetime. The reverberating effects of trauma experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services, often resulting in an increase risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses is a training program for criminal justice professionals to:
Increase understanding of trauma
Create an awareness of the impact of trauma on behavior
Develop trauma-informed responses.
Trauma-informed criminal justice responses can help to avoid re-traumatizing individuals, and thereby increase safety for all, decrease recidivism, and promote and support recovery of justice-involved women and men with serious mental illness. Partnerships across systems can also help to link individuals to trauma-informed services and treatment for trauma.
This highly interactive training is specifically tailored to community-based criminal justice professionals including:
Community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services officers)
Other human service providers
Objectives: 1. Engage in a positive interactive process
2. Feel safe and comfortable in the learning environment
3. Discuss why criminal justice system professionals should learn about trauma
4. List examples of traumatic events
5. Define trauma
6. Discuss how trauma is often ongoing for many individuals involved in the criminal justice system
7. Describe the pervasive impact trauma can have on an individual’s life
8. Describe how the impact of trauma can be experienced throughout life and affect various aspects of functioning and behavior
9. Describe how trauma relates to mental health and substance use disorders
10. Describe how certain behaviors may reflect a person’s attempt to survive
11. Discuss how a history of trauma may result in problematic behavior, poor relationships, and justice involvement
12. Describe the cycle of violence as a response to childhood physical abuse
13. List examples of individual differences that may lead to resilience or increased vulnerability to trauma
14. List four things people need in their interpersonal interaction with officers: respect, information, safety, and choice
15. List approaches to responding to behavior
16. In response to “who is likely,” reply with “there should be a universal assumption of trauma”
17. List and describe ways in which the criminal justice system may re-traumatize
18. Discuss how to improve policies and procedures to make them trauma-informed
19. List three key steps for moving toward trauma-informed policies and procedures
Parking: $3/day on campus (pay at the Kiosk in front of the Colin Education Hall)
Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.