What is Trauma-Informed Counseling and What is the Science Behind It?

Learning Objectives

When given information about trauma-informed counseling techniques and the science that inspired it participants will:

1. Describe at the dominant paradigm of Trauma-Informed Counseling that differentiates it from traditional talk-therapy,

2. Identify at least two of the basic scientific premises, gleaned from research, that validates the need to incorporate a trauma-informed baseline understanding into all forms of psychotherapy and psychological assessment in the future.

3. Be able to take some knowledge of what trauma is and how it may affect a person, and what trauma-informed counseling can look like and be able to incorporate that information into their particular clinical setting.


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