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Foundations support worthy causes like homelessness, victims of crime and high morbidity medical fields. However, rarely are the professionals who are called to work in these fields of high emotional demand supported directly. Our training revitalizes and saves the careers of care-providers.

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Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

The Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training is a program of great power. It is experienced by those who work in fields of high emotional trauma as having great relevance and huge professional and personal impact. This training helps normalize and attenuate secondary traumatic stress and reduce the shame often engendered by these stress reactions, while creating valuable mental health tools, increasing care-providers' ability to work from a place of compassion, enabling them to receive the full measure of self-esteem available from their work, and gaining resiliency regardless of the nature of their organization. Our post-training evaluations have regularly shown that over 95% of participants report improvement in their secondary traumatic stress symptoms or reactions. People complete the training revitalized, more capable of continuing their work, possessing new skills that enable them to find effective ways of processing or containing the traumas they encounter in their work. Not infrequently, we have been told that this training has saved people's careers.

The Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training is led by Henry Tobey, a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in working with people affected by violent trauma (including staff and students from the Columbine High School shootings and assisting victims of the World Trade Center bombings, and more recently survivors of the Aurora movie theater shooting). Every training includes a second trainer who is a subject matter specialist in the professions of the participants.

We believe this training provides an answer to a critical question: how do we protect care-providers who are being torn down by so much of what they encounter in their work and instead create the resiliency which allows these workers to continue their vital human services?

This three, full day training is held in the Denver metro area 4 to 5 times per year. Each training serves 18-24 professional care providers. The budget below outlines the cost of putting on one Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We would like to share a number of review comments from previous training participants.
• I approach my work from a new, healthier mindset. This has
had significant impact on me both professionally and personally.
Professionally, I'm more protected yet more available to my clients.
• By far the most valuable thing I've done in the past 15 years, including individual therapy.
• I believe the potential impact of this training on victim is profound.
• Helped define the reasons why I should stay in the domestic violence field.
• This was one of those rare occasions I felt safe & secure enough to divulge sensitive feelings to a group.
• The training has given me the tools to stay at my job. My sense of purpose is renewed and I'm better able to see my clients as unique. I had lost that and viewed them as a "function of the job".
• A certain calm came to me as I realized how shared my feelings and experiences were. In my work now I'm more centered with increased concentration.
• The best training I have received on taking care of myself.
• I would recommend that anyone - or everyone - involved in victim assistance have the opportunity to attend.
• I feel it was one of the best trainings I've been to. I did go back to work revived.
• I am better at setting boundaries for myself. I am getting more satisfaction from my job.
• Was a light switch that turned on for me. I've known something was missing, just didn't know what it was!
• Whew!! I'm reeling from the impact! Thank you.
• Anyone who has done victim work for longer than a year needs this. I would make this mandatory for my people.
• Awesome training! So amazing. I have been recommending it to everyone I know!
• My life feels fuller after having attended.
• When my work gets me down, I refer back to the training and it grounds me. I think the training would be useful on a yearly basis.
• This training will allow me to keep promises I made to myself.

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