Course Description

According to SAMHSA’s concept of a trauma-informed approach, “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:

  1. Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;

  2. Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;

  3. Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and

  4. Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization."


Meeting the needs of trauma-exposed clients is best accomplished by a holistic, program-wide approach.

Social Workers, Medical professionals, school-based providers or educators, and other community providers are often the first line of defense for those coping with traumatic events.  Information and resources to better support those we serve, including the use of evidence-based intervention for providers to help those we serve exposed to traumatic events. 

Using “trauma-informed care” means identifying individuals who often have various types of exposure to trauma in their lives. Under this type of care, we assume those who have been traumatized need support and understanding from those around them to maintain a healthy quality of life. We help others understand, that trauma survivors can often be re-traumatized by service providers. The RSCWC trainers when addressing  TIC seeks to educate our communities about the impact of trauma on staff, clients, co-workers, friends, family, and even ourselves. Understanding the impact of trauma is an important first step in becoming a compassionate and supportive community.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to describe and understand the importance of trauma-informed care.


Participants will be able to explain and demonstrate how to ensure that the work environment is safe according to trauma-informed strategies


Participants will be able to demonstrate and understand how one can develop the competencies that establish a trauma-informed practice


Participants will be able to explain and demonstrate new and creative tools, and practical skills that impact your trauma-informed approach


Certificates will be awarded after completion of the full Webinar and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/20 to 2/28/2023  Social workers completing this course receive 1-clinical continuing education credit.

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Refund Policy:   No refund will be given for the purchase of any course or webinar. 

 We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please email info@rswellness.org for more information if disability accommodations are needed.

For more information contact: info@rswellness.org

Course Outline

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Understanding Trauma Intro

  • 2

    Section One: Understanding Trauma

    • Understanding Trauma Intro

    • Understanding and Dealing with Triggers

    • Understanding Trauma and Examples

  • 3

    Section Two: Understanding Trauma Informed Care

    • TIC need and video

    • Beyond the Trauma

    • Impact Trauma

    • Current Impact of Group Trauma

    • 4 Rs of Trauma Informed

    • Social Work Competence in TIC

    • Coping skills for Triggers

    • Regular Self Care Practice

    • Closing Activity-Body Scan

  • 4

    Section Four: Quiz & Evaluation

    • Biographical- Reference

    • Understanding Trauma Focused Care-Quiz

    • Understanding Trauma Focused Care-Evaluation

Lead Trainer

Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Sharea Farmer is the Founder and Executive Director of RS Counseling & Wellness with over 15 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. Her training includes: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Her expertise in both clinical and administration has allowed her to work in the private and public sectors as an advocate for employee wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Race Equity, and Trauma-Informed Practices. Her unique practice that focuses on empowerment and education creates transformative wellness for her clients that range from executive leadership teams to supervisors to staff. RS Wellness has developed employee resilience plans and trauma-informed care programs for state and public health agencies, as well as educational groups, both locally and nationally. The workshops and courses created by RS Wellness are the keys to a healthy trauma-informed workplace where everyone can thrive. Courses fall under four categories: DEI, Social Work Continuing Education, Trauma-Focused, and Wellness. Although each course is tailored to its specific subject matter, the courses provide curriculum, assignments, video, and affirming activities. Sharea received a BA in Sociology from Rider University and a Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers. She is an adjunct professor at Rutgers where she’s been teaching since 2014. She is on the World Childhood Foundation Advisory Board for a two-year term from 2021-2023. On the board, she’ll have the chance to use the Equity & Inclusion lens to determine program eligibility for funding in the area of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse of children. You can find her press, publications, and presentations here. Sharea lives in New Jersey with her husband. She enjoys all things basketball, live NBA games, traveling, coloring, and spending time with family and friends. Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey #44SC05650200