Trauma’s Impact on the Family

  • Trauma's Impact on the Family

    One-Day Course: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    The course will look at many different types of trauma and how exposure by one or more family members may impact every person as well how the family functions.  Family members may be exposed to trauma through a critical incident such as an accident, disaster, violent attack, or sexual assault.  For some, exposure to trauma comes as a part of their occupation in the military, law enforcement, fire service, medicine or mental health.  In any situation, the family may be unaware of how trauma will impact the individual and most often they are not aware that the entire family will feel the effects.  Understanding how traumatic stress impacts the mind and body as well as relationships and systems will equip families to cope.  The class will also look are tools that can foster resilience and enhance recovery.  It is not just possible for families to survive the impacts of traumatic stress, but to thrive and grow even stronger when they are educated and equipped to face it. 


    What you will learn:


    • Define trauma, traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and complex trauma.
    • Discuss the impact of single incident trauma versus chronic traumatic stress exposure and the variables that impact individual resilience.
    • Explore how trauma exposure for one member or an entire family can impact everyone and the interconnected relationships.
    • Evaluate participants trauma exposure to traumatic stress through exercises and evaluations.
    • Review resiliency tools for families facing high levels of traumatic stress.


    6 Contact Hours