Trauma: What Our Brain, Nervous System, and Survivors Tell Us Matters Most

Event Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: Registration for day one only: $45 ; Registration for day one + 6 CEU: $75; Registration for both days: $80 Registration for both days + 12 CEUs: $140
CEU's Available: This workshop is approved for 6 continuing education units for LPC, LMFT, Social Workers, Educators, Clergy

The Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Texas for the following: LPC, LMFT, LSW, LCSW, LMSW, and LCDC. The Center is also an APT Approved Provider 08-217 and an approved provider of CPE by the Texas Education Agency, TEA CPE Number 902304.

THIS IS PART ONE of a two-day workshop on Trauma Informed Practices for Practitioners (TIPPS): Helping Surviving Children in School and Community Settings. YOU MAY REGISTER FOR ONE OR BOTH DAYS.
Information and Registration for Day Two: Trauma Regulated Reintegration and Resilience Practices

Trauma is explored as an experience resulting in dysregulated adaptation of the nervous system and integrated brain functions dictating the use of specific trauma- sensitive intervention stages and practices. Using video segments and numerous group activities, participants discover the limitations of talk, reason and logic in the face of trauma, while discovering the world of survivors and the value of varied sensory-based interventions. Topic areas cover the anatomy of fear, explicit/ implicit processes, the corpus callosum, regulation, co-regulation, vagus nerve, sensory processing issues in trauma, trauma- informed practice beliefs, what constitutes safety for the practitioner and survivor, first-hand survivor accounts, the six stages of intervention.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify core nervous system and brain processes resulting from traumatic experiences. And how they impact thinking, feeling and behavior.
  2. Identify 10 specific ways survivors experience trauma
  3. Discuss how the use of the body becomes a healing resource for survivors.
  4. Identify the six stages/processes of trauma- informed intervention and what matters most to survivors.


Dr. Steele’s work with survivors of suicide and homicide began in 1980. Over the years he has assisted survivors and professionals following such tragic and traumatic incidents as the Gulf War, the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma, 9/11 in New York and Washington D.C., Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the 2009 killings of a high school coach in Iowa and a teacher in Texas, far too many suicides of school aged children and teens and the daily trauma children experience which never receive national media attention.

Always a practitioner and passionate about bringing practitioners interventions he found helpful for survivors, led to his founding of the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) in 1990. In 1997 he initiated a trauma and loss certification program. Today thousands of TLC Certified Trauma Specialists and Consultants, that Dr. Steele personally trained, are using his evidence-based intervention programs in 55 countries. Retired from TLC in 2013, he continues to train, consult and write about trauma, its impact on learning and behavior and advances in helping survivors with resolve and resilience.

Dr. Steele has published varied articles and contributed numerous chapters to major publications in the field of trauma such as the, Clinical Handbook of Art Therapy, the Handbook of Play Therapy and Children in the Urban Environment. His most recent books include, Optimizing Learning Outcomes: Brain-Centric Trauma-Informed Practices (2017);Trauma In Schools and Communities: Recovery Lessons from Survivors and Responders (2015), and Trauma Informed Practice for Children and Adolescents, (2012).

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