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Professional Development Certificate in Trauma Informed Care for Justice Involved Individuals



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About the Training

Individuals with histories of justice-involvement, including youth who have been in juvenile detention centers and adults who have been incarcerated in jails or prisons, can benefit from support as they strive to successfully transition into the workforce. Their past and present experiences can be complicated, particularly when considering the intersection of childhood trauma, histories of mental illness and/or substance use, low socio-economic status, racism and discrimination, as well as adverse experiences associated with being in the justice system (e.g., invasive procedures such as body searches, lack of privacy, and lack of autonomy).

By recognizing and understanding the complexity of their experiences and ongoing cycles of hardship, agencies supporting individuals with job-readiness, as well as employers, can respond with trauma-informed care to increase the likelihood of successful outcomes through empathy and support. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an approach for organizations and individuals to adopt in response to the prevalence of trauma and its pervasive impact on wellbeing. While TIC requires training, factors such as cost, travel, and lack of resources can be barriers for people to attend trainings. This TIC training, available through Public Health and YOU, is self-paced and available free of charge.

Total Hours to Completion: 6 continuing education credit hours

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this series, you will be able to:

  1. Understand Trauma-informed care (TIC) as a universal precaution grounded in a human rights perspective.
  2. Define and differentiate between stress, trauma, ACEs, and PTSD.
  3. Explore the neurobiological impact of stress and trauma.
  4. Define TIC and its 5 principles (safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment) as a philosophy of care.
  5. Differentiate between trauma-informed and trauma-specific treatment.
  6. Explore the evidence behind TIC (Implications for service providers and service recipients).
  7. Identify practical strategies for the adoption and integration of TIC as a practitioner and as an organization.
  8. Use self-care as a strategy to combat secondary traumatic stress and promote resilience.
  9. Identify unique challenges for those dealing with trauma in rural communities.
  10. Apply the principles of Trauma-Informed Care for individuals that have been involved with the justice system.

Meet the Instructors

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  • Miriam Commodore – Mensah is a third-year PhD student at the Indiana University School of Social Work.
  • Dr. Deb Getz is a Clinical Associate Professor at the IU School of Public Health- Bloomington.
  • Stacy Flynn is the Assistant Director at New Leaf New Life and has worked for the organization since 2019.
  • Jason Norris Jason Norris is the Job Development Manager for Goodwill Industries of Central NC.
  • Melvin Robards is the Ignite Program Manager for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.
  • Dr. John Keesler, PhD, LMSW is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Indiana University Bloomington.


Length: 6 hour


School of Public Health


Credit: Certificate


Audience: Everyone

How To Get a CEU Certificate

In order to receive a certification of completion with continuing education (CEU), you must enroll in the course. Also, you must score 80% or higher on the Assessment.

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