About the Trauma Response Institute

Guiding Principles

Why Trauma-Informed Counseling Training Matters

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Every mental health professional works with individuals and relationship systems (e.g. couples, families) whose lives have been touched by stress, grief and trauma. So in many ways, all counselors and therapists are trauma counselors. 

Over the years, research has helped us understand more specifically how trauma impacts us neurologically, which impacts how we think, feel and physically react. Typical or common therapeutic interventions do not always “fit” what is needed when a person is experiencing specific types of stress and trauma.

So, the courses in the TRI program teach professionals what trauma-informed practice actually means. It is the integration of advancements in neurobiology and attachment theory, combined with best-practice data on what is most effective to help persons overwhelmed by particular types of stress and trauma. We think this body of knowledge and skills is imperative in addition to the basics of most mental health degree programs.