Training and Technical Assistance

The Ben Center provides trainings and technical assistance to professionals and the community at large. Trainings are conducted by Social Work professionals and advocates currently working in the field. The following trainings are currently available. Please contact Heather Chapman for further details including scheduling and training costs.

Children who experience trauma are at risk for social and emotional issues which often play out in the school setting and interfere with academic success. However, when we are able to recognize it and adjust our responses and supports, our young people can succeed. This training provides participants with an overview of trauma and its developmental impact as well as how it affects education and the ability for youth to learn. This training also teaches participants how to provide a supportive, trauma informed school environment.

Many children are exposed to various forms of trauma, such as abuse and community violence. This is especially true for youth growing up in urban environments. This training will provide an overview of trauma and the effects of trauma in adolescence, as well as highlighting the role of attachment and protective factors.

“Trauma Informed care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both students and providers.”

This training equips participants with an understanding of Trauma Informed Care and how to implement it in their organization/workplace.

Professionals working in the helping fields (social workers, therapists, counselors) are often faced with personal emotions as they listen to and witness the pain and suffering of their clients. It is important that these professionals are equipped with the self-care skills to manage the emotional impact they may have. This interactive training will provide participants with information on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma as well as how to manage its effects.

Roughly 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a mental illness. Because of its prevalence, it is important for various professionals to have basic knowledge about mental health, its impacts, and strategies for working with children who struggle with these issues. This training provides a basic overview of the most prevalent mental health diagnoses; how they can impact everyday functioning; basic self-management; and coping strategies for mental health symptoms.

School staff often struggle with chronic absenteeism. This training provides school personnel working with attendance in their school with an understanding of factors that affect attendance and evidence based strategies for increasing attendance.