Trauma Informed Peer Support Training

Texas Trauma Informed Peer Support (Endorsement Training)

The Texas Trauma Informed Peer Support (TTIPS) Training is a two day training designed to educate peers on the impact of trauma across the lifespan and to support those they are working with to address trauma in an intentional and informed manner.

To be eligible for the training, a Certified Peer Specialist must have been employed or volunteering as a peer specialist at least half time for a minimum of six months.

Development of this training was a joint effort of Via Hope and the National Council for Behavioral Health.

The Council is a non-profit organization representing more than 2,000 community mental health and addiction organizations that provide a broad continuum of services to meet the healthcare needs of individuals living with mental illnesses and addictions.

The training is organized into the following eight sessions:

Session 1: Introduces the relationship between previous learning as peer supporters and explores the values and ethics of peer support.

Session 2: Helps define trauma and consider what happens to a person who experiences PTSD.

Session 3: Takes an in-depth look at the body of knowledge around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma’s impact across the lifespan.

Session 4: Focuses on gaining understanding of Secondary Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, and Compassion Fatigue.

Session 5: Is designed to provide participants with a clear understanding of what is meant when we talk about a trauma-informed system of care and the important role peer supporters play in this new paradigm.

Session 6: Introduces the work of Sherry Mead and Intentional Peer Support as foundational in any work we do as peer supporters as well as how it supports work as trauma-informed peer supporters.

Session 7: Offers participants an opportunity to become comfortable with trauma narratives; both their own and others.

Session 8:  Wraps up the two and a half day training as we consider what we are to do with the knowledge that we now own.

14 CEUs are awarded upon completion.

For a list of upcoming dates, please visit our Events Calendar.

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