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 for more information.