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Trauma-informed Practices Training

Traumatic experiences are unfortunately common. These include emotional, physical, & sexual abuse; intimate partner violence, incarceration, poverty, experiencing racism or discrimination, bullying, living in foster care, and witnessing violence. This is not an exhaustive list.


Blue Door recognizes that adult students carry their histories - both positive and negative - into classroom and tutoring settings. Research indicates that a history of trauma may negatively impact a student’s ability to learn and thrive in an educational setting. Educators can use trauma-informed practices to create more welcoming and effective learning spaces for students impacted by trauma.  Blue Door believes trauma-impacted students deserve to experience the classroom as a healing space where they can thrive.  This is possible when educators are knowledgeable and skilled in trauma-informed practice.

Blue Door understands that for staff working with clients who are heavily impacted by trauma, secondary (also referred to as vicarious) trauma can be a problem. Secondary trauma can impact physical and emotional health as well as job performance. A strong self-care plan that involves actions staff can take at work as well as at home is key to preventing secondary trauma.  Blue Door believes professionals deserve to be supported in the workplace to practice self-care, and that this will lead to clients receiving more compassionate and effective services. 

Blue Door provides trainings and consulting services in the areas listed below.  Please contact Susanna Gilbertson, MSW at sgilbertson@thebluedoorgroup.net for more information.

Secondary Trauma & Self-Care

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.” - Rachel Remen


Working with and around people who have been impacted by violence and trauma can take a toll.

In order to protect ourselves against the effects of secondary trauma, we must recognize the signs and learn to practice self-care inside and outside of the workplace.   


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • name the symptoms and signs of secondary trauma

  • identify skills and strategies to use in practicing self-care inside and outside of the workplace

  • create a personalized self-care plan for use in preventing secondary trauma

Educating After Trauma 

As an educator, are you sometimes frustrated or confused by your students’ behavior in your classroom? Are you an educator working with young people or adults who have experienced trauma or violence? Do you want to learn new ways to create a welcoming environment in your classroom that addresses some of the barriers to learning your students bring?  This workshop will help you understand some of the causes of student behavior and offer some possible solutions.   


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the expected physical and psychological response to threat or danger  

  • Identify student behaviors that may be a result of current or past exposure to trauma and violence

  • Name at least five trauma-informed practices to use in the classroom to create more welcoming, effective learning environments for students

Trauma-Informed Practices

This workshop will help staff understand the impact of trauma on the clients they work with, and teach the fundamentals of trauma-informed care. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • name signs and symptoms of trauma

  • identify how trauma makes change difficult

  • practice the basics of empowerment counseling

  • engage with trauma-informed principles and apply them to their work