National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children

The National Institute of Trauma & Loss in Children (TLC) is a branch of the Starr Global Learning Network (SGLN) which has a long history of providing trainings for schools, crisis teams, children & family counselors, and private practitioners to help traumatized children and families. SGLN’s interventions are based on Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents, and their Parents (SITCAP) model. The focus is on stabilizing the crisis or experience of trauma and providing evidence based interventions to support healing after a traumatic event. The SITCAP model can be successfully applied across diverse cultures and in various settings, including clinics and schools. At present, these interventions are used world-wide. For more information on SGLN, please visit their website.

Dr. Woods has been a Certified Trainer for TLC since 2013. She is able to provide courses for SGLN that lead to Level-1 Certified Trauma Practitioner for either Clinical or Educational streams. She has also developed training materials specific to supporting Indigenous children and teens. The SITCAP model supports the Indigenous child’s worldview and allows healing to come from within the child and their culture. Below is a list of courses that Dr. Woods is able to provide for individuals seeking to learn more about trauma or professionals seeking certification.

Children of Trauma

Designed for school and clinical professionals who work with at risk and traumatized youth.  This course provides content related to grieve versus trauma, trauma exposure, trauma to be viewed as an experience rather than a diagnostic category, trauma’s impact on the brain, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and additional information and strategies to support the evidence based structured sensory interventions TLC developed.

Structured Sensory Interventions

Structured Sensory Interventions is the second of the TLC required courses toward certification. You will learn trauma specific intervention tasks and techniques as well as see them demonstrated. This is a day of practicing and experiencing the evidence-based structured sensory interventions presented in the Children of Trauma course. The presenter engages the attendees in an encapsulated demonstration of the major sensory structured processes. Participants will practice interventions to ameliorate survivor reactions, post-traumatic stress, and grief reactions in children following violent and non-violent traumatic losses. Attendees will also participate in additional activities and by days end will feel comfortable using any of the TLC intervention programs. A brief presentation of the TLC evidence-based research and outcomes will support value of TLC’s structured sensory programs in schools and agencies.

Trauma Informed Schools

Designed for school staff, from the superintendent on down, this training provides the educator with the 10 steps to creating a trauma-informed school. Topics include: (1) understanding trauma and its impact on students; (2) viewing trauma as an experience; (3) the link between private logic and behavior; (4) prioritizing social-emotional skill development; (5) establishing safety; (6) fostering connections; (7) promoting play; (8) collaborating with families and the community; (9) supporting staff; and (10) collecting and utilizing data. In addition to these topics, the movie Paper Tigers, is shown and discussed. This movie depicts the the dramatic transformation in troubled teens when the staff at their school incorporates findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study into their education and support services. It captures the danger, pain, beauty, and hopes of struggling teens and their teachers and support staff armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their lives for the better.

Healing the Experience of Trauma

This training will present, Healing the Experience of Trauma: A Program for Youth, which was developed for practitioners to use with children who are living in a constant state of toxic stress. Instead of asking a child what happened, it focuses on their lives now. Learn the process of moving traumatized youth between themes of trauma and feelings of connection, resilience and strength. Structured sessions integrate mind-body skills and expressive art activities that provide the child with a platform to be an active participant in their healing.

Courageous Connections

Designed for direct care staff, youth specialists, para-educators, counsellors, social workers, therapists, administrators, and any other caregivers, professionals, or crisis responders working with young people who exhibit problematic behavior. This course builds on Circle of Courage philosophy; providing a set of skills & tools to be used when intervening with individuals in crisis. Topics include: (1) values-based treatment and care; (2) an overview of the Circle of Courage Philosophy; (3) “Broken Circles” and pain-based behavior; (4) responding to pain-based behavior; (5) assessing behavior using a “courageous lens”; and (6) connecting, clarifying, and restoring.

Courageous Classrooms

Designed for educators working with students who exhibit problematic behavior, this course builds on the Circle of Courage philosophy; providing a framework for implementing its principles in a school setting. Topics covered include: (1) values-based classroom management practices; (2) an overview of the Circle of Courage philosophy; (3) “Broken Circles” and pain-based behavior; (4) punishment & reward systems vs. the Circle of Courage; (5) fostering resilience; (6) integrating the Circle of Courage with existing behavior management models; and (7) characteristics of a Courageous Classroom.

SITCAP Interventions for Indigenous Children & Teens

SITCAP interventions are a evidence-based interventions for traumatized children & teens that are effective for Indigenous populations. In this workshop, the following topics are covered: (1) historical trauma and its current impacts; (2) intergenerational trauma including colonization, residential schools, and other trauma impacts; (3) 10 key concepts of using SITCAP with Indigenous children & teens; (4) creating a safe therapeutic environment for Indigenous clients; (5) four aspects of post-traumatic growth and the Circle of Courage philosphy; and (6) culturally relevant structured sensory interventions.

Interpersonal Neurobiology Theory & Interventions

Dr. Woods is currently developing a certification course on Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma & Attachment for professionals working with children and families. Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a field that has highlighted how the brain and relationships can foster dramatic growth and wellness in individuals. However, experiencing trauma can have a negative impact on the brain development and relationship development of children, teens, and their families. Following a trauma, it is common for the parent-child relationship to become stressed and sometimes spiral into chaos. In addition, children with attachment disruptions such as separation, loss, foster care, and adoption can also be difficult for parents to emotionally connect with the child and establish a healthy parent-child relationship. This certification program will support professionals in the following ways: (1) understanding child & adolescent brain development; (2) disruptions related to trauma & attachment; (3) understanding the brain-behavior-relationship difficulties children & parents experience; (3) options for addressing trauma, attachment, and resulting relationship difficulties; (4) educational materials for parents, foster/adoptive parents, and other caregivers; and (5) a video suite that allows clinicians to introduce concepts to parents and implement strategies for change.

If you are interested in being an early participant or beta tester for this course, please complete the survey below. Project early release date is for July 1, 2018 and possibly earlier. Early participants will receive special bonuses and discounted prices!

If you are interested in the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma & Attachment Certification, please complete this very short survey. I am very excited to bring this information to both parents and professionals. It should only take a couple of minutes to sign up to be considered for the early release of the program!