Reducing the Impact of Trauma: Learning to apply a trauma-informed lens
Robbed of personal autonomy and forcefully displaced from their homes, a significant proportion of Afghan newcomers have, and will continue to, experience varying levels of trauma.As a result, helpers should be prepared to interact with Afghan children and adults who struggle to manage the effects of trauma in their day-to-day lives.A trauma-informed approach, characterized by understanding the role of trauma and its potential effects on individual wellbeing, is essential for helpers to effectively assist Afghan newcomers.
This workshop will introduce learners to the concept of ‘trauma-informed care’ so helpers can approach their work through a trauma-informed lens.This workshop is recommended for volunteers, community leaders, professional helpers, and others committed to fostering a welcoming environment for Afghan newcomers. Participants do NOT need a mental health or social work background to participate in this training.
This training will be facilitated byAlison Burke, MSW, LGSW. Alison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has spent most of her career working with asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees. She moved to the DC metro area in 2012 after graduating from the University of Kansas. Throughout her career, Alison has provided therapy, case management, advocacy, training, and program oversight. Her approach to social services is mental health-informed and client-driven.