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How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses

How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses


Location: Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
19010 1st Ave South
Burien, WA 98148
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From: November 9, 2018 at 9:00am to: 1:00pm

Trainer(s): 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. Program Participants This highly interactive training is specifically tailored to community-based criminal justice professionals including: Community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services officers) Court personnel Police 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

Cost: None

Parking: FREE

Lunch Options:

Academy Cafe​

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.