Feeling "traumatized" and experiencing vicarious trauma are not the same thing. Professionals who work in human service professions are often exposed to people who are struggling. Regardless of what the professional role may be (first responder, criminal justice practitioner, educator, mental health professional, social worker, medical personnel, etc.), the impact of bearing witness to human suffering appears to be universal. Over time, these stressors can lead to lasting changes in one's world view, optimism level, sense of safety, and overall perception of humanity - also known as vicarious trauma.
Educating human service professionals regarding the impact of trauma exposure allows for anticipatory coping and normalization of stress reactions. Even more importantly, it increases the likelihood that staff will identify early warning signs, which can minimize the impact, improve resilience, enhance healthy coping, and prevent the negative effects of cumulative stress. Addressing traumatic stress can positively impact the quality of work, job satisfaction, and overall well-being for those who work in human service professions.
This program won the 2013 NACo Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) and was selected “Best of Category” among award winners in Personnel Management.
Summary of Program: The Traumatic Stress Management (TSM) Train the Trainer (T4T) program consists of a 3-day instructor training course, a 3-year license to use the TSM curriculum (Power Points & professional materials), and access to coaching and consultation with KSL Research for the duration of the licensing period. Participants are provided with in-depth instruction on topic content and best practice strategies for training delivery.
What separates our TSM T4T program from others is a focus on cutting edge research in the neurosciences and practical solutions that can promote healthy work cultures and improve employee wellness. The TSM curriculum utilizes a balanced approach to addressing work stress by validating the personal costs while also valuing the resilience of the work force and honoring their service to the community.
Completion of a 3-day TSM T4T workshop is required for all facilitators of the TSM curriculum. Upon successful completion of the 3-day workshop, facilitators will be certified to conduct TSM trainings to participants inside their designated organizations.