Trauma-Informed Workshops

The milestone Community Health Needs Assessment in 2016 found mental health to be a top priority in our community, Spectrum Health Lakeland began a journey to focus efforts on mental health resources, system level advocacy, and trauma informed health care. Part of that journey is offering a range of trauma informed care workshops, from an introduction to trauma to mental health first aid. We invite you to take a look at what we offer and then take part as we work to make our community a place where optimal health is achievable for everyone.

Trauma 101: Introduction to Trauma
Length: 2 hours minimum; 4 hours maximum

During this course, participants will learn how to define toxic stress, trauma, and trauma-informed care and begin to recognize signs of developmental trauma. Topics covered include Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), impact on development, long-term health implications of traumatic experiences, the importance of self-care, and more. Typically, this course is delivered in two hours; however, it can be adjusted to fit the need of the group/organization.

Suggested Prerequisite: None


Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Implications for Population Health
Length: 2 hours

This program explores the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and the biology of adversity. Participants will learn about the science of trauma, the implications of childhood trauma on long-term health, epigenetics, and building resilience.

Suggested Prerequisite: None



Mental Health First Aid
Length: 8 hours (one 8-hour session or two 4-hour sessions)

In the Mental Health First Aid course, participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Youth MHFA is designed for those who work with youth while Adult MHFA is for those who work with adults.

Suggested Prerequisite: Trauma 101 or Adverse Childhood Experiences

Mental Health Crises and Awareness: An Introduction
Length: 2 hours

This two-hour session provides participants with an introduction to common signs and symptoms of mental illness. Participants will be introduced to tools that they as community members can use to assist a person they believe may be experiencing a crisis. Focus will also be given to local mental health resources and future educational opportunities surrounding the topic of mental wellness.

Suggested Prerequisite: Trauma 101 or Adverse Childhood Experiences

Community Resiliency Model
Length: Introduction: 2 hours
Workshops: 3-5 hours
Full Training: 1-2 Days

The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) is a biologically-based trauma intervention designed for
community members who need information about trauma and coping skills but who have limited access to mental health resources. CRM® teaches skills for self-care to balance the nervous system of those
impacted by personal or community-level trauma (such as violence, poverty, racism, and homophobia).
Participants will receive tools they can immediately implement as well as learn about future events for
gaining deeper understanding of the model.

Suggested Prerequisites: Trauma 101 or Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health First Aid or Mental Health Crises and Awareness

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To find out more about the programs available, call toll-free (866) 260-7544 or email us at

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