Are there levels of training for trauma informed care?

Yes is the short answer. Those levels are not universally recognized unless you speaking of a specific certification or degree. In Oregon, Trauma Informed Oregon’s Standards of Practice for Trauma Informed Care can help guide you in implementing it. Click here to download a copy.

There are three basic recommendations. These leave a lot of room for customization for the organization. Oregon is a state that contains both urban and rural/frontier areas. Service organizations vary by geography. In some places, county health may be the only option. More populated areas offer more choices from large clinics with a large service array that are connected to hospitals. This Standards of Practice allows each organization to use it as they need.  In addition, how these are done is up to the organization. If you need help, please click here to contact me about consulting. I would be happy to work with you to get your organization on the road to Trauma Informed Care. Remember, that this is an ongoing process. As a matter of fact,  III. IIIc addresses just this.

It is broken out into three areas- IIIa, IIIa, IIIc-

I. Agency Commitment and Endorsement:


Leadership (including administration and governance) has received information/training on trauma and trauma informed care (TIC).

III. Workforce Development

Training IIIa.

 Our agency provides to all employees access to the following content:

· What is Trauma

-Three E’s from SAMHSA

-Individual and collective

-Systemic and historical

-Different types of stress o Prevalence

· What is TIC o Four R’s from SAMHSA

-Difference between trauma specific and trauma informed

-Six SAMHSA principles of TIC

·The Science of Trauma o N.E.A.R. (neurobiology, epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and resilience)

-Toxic stress and the functions of the brain

-Organizational change

-An Introduction to the Application of TIC

-Principles of TIC, operationalized

-Emphasis on inclusivity

· An Introduction to Workforce Wellness

-Parallel process and why it’s important

-Vicarious trauma, secondary stress, burnout, vicarious resilience, and compassion satisfaction.

-Self-care versus workforce wellness.


These domains come from the SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach.

I offer these trainings in three 90 minute trainings for $900. These can be done in one, two, or three days. Click here to contact me to talk about your organization becoming Trauma Informed.

Notice, the organization has a lot to decide. How is this provided? When? How? Does EVERYONE get this training?


Our organization provides ongoing training and education on topics relevant to applying TIC principles (e.g., webinars, videos, events, learning collaboratives).

Whether your organization is just beginning get trauma informed or if you are looking for an innovative way of continuing education, my offerings are sure to please.