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What We Can Predict We Can Prevent: Building Trauma Informed and Trauma-Sensitive Spaces

2.75 CE Hours

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The objective of this workshop is to increase the awareness of the impact of trauma on individuals, organizations and the community and to shift the focus of our response to that impact in a way that promotes growth and resilience rather than retraumatizing and disempowering those we serve.  It also provides an overview of practical and effective tools for providers, caregivers and community leaders in mitigating the impact of trauma.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:  

  1. About the fundamental principles in identifying and working with stress and trauma, including “Big T and Little t” trauma.
  2. About what the latest research, including the famous ACES Study, tells us about the long-term impact of trauma and historical trauma on the learning, health, and future workforce productivity.
  3. About the current positive shift or movement in this country toward “trauma-informed” approaches that consider ecology, culture and the significant role that trauma plays in the lives of individuals, communities and the providers that serve them.
  4. About how to translate this powerful knowledge into a toolkit has three parts:
  5. Tools to help individual youthful clients and students
  6. Tools to improve capacity of agencies and organizations
  7. Tools to build trauma-informed communities that support resilient children

This program has been approved 2.75 continuing education clock hours by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

Addiction Counselors

This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, is responsible for all aspects of the programing. Counselor Skill Group: Counseling Services.


2.75 Credits – Click here to review AMEDCO Accreditation

Social Workers

2.75 Credits – Click here to review AMEDCO Accreditation

Full Details: AMEDCO Learner Notification

CE Policy and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Toni Bankston

Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center (BRCAC) and Senior Faculty of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine(CMBM), Washington, DC.  She has over 38 years experience as a therapist and trauma responding professional.

She serves as the Clinical Lead of the CMBM’s Puerto Rico and Baton Rouge, Louisiana Community Wellness Programs.  She also consults with CMBM by bringing her knowledge of experience in the design and execution of trauma programs, particularly those targeting children and families, to build trauma training for children and their providers.

Toni has worked with the CMBM Global Trauma Relief Team in the programs of Haiti, Israel, and Gaza.  She has worked with high school students and teachers in Parkland Florida in the aftermath of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School and in Cumberland, Maryland in response to the Opioid Crisis.

In her local community, Toni serves as a Master ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Trainer for the State of Louisiana, the LA Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, and the Governor’s Advisory Board for Human Trafficking.  Her work in Baton Rouge has included developing and leading wellness programs for the homeless, disaster-impacted and children in urban school-based settings. In her role as the BRCAC’s Director, she also trains educators, law enforcement officers, judges and other community service professionals in building trauma-responsive teams and systems helping them mitigate the effects of secondary stress and vicarious trauma.  In collaboration with the Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office under the umbrella of the BRCAC, she consults and provides leadership to other organizations towards the aim of developing a more trauma-informed city of Baton Rouge.

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