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Digital Seminar

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Self-Care: Preserving and Nurturing Yourself


This course is part of the Online Trauma-Informed Organization Certificate Program: Basics for All Staff that was created by the University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC). Visit the certificate program webpage at

Course Length: The course time needed is based on the amount of time needed to watch the course videos. There may also be readings provided.

Fulfills Certificate Program Requirement: _X_ Foundation Hours ___ Elective Hours


Course Description: 

This online course offers the training in primarily a video format. All course handouts can be viewed online, saved to your computer or printed. The course offers a foundation of information regarding implementation of Trauma-Informed Care and self-care in the organization. Staff in all areas and at all levels can benefit from this presentation.

Social workers and other human service professionals who work with trauma survivors can experience burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue. This presentation takes a look at the implication of trauma and self-care. Negative stressors not only take a toll on people individually, but on the overall work environment as well. Self-awareness of one’s own self-care approach and stressors are addressed in the presentation. Implementation of self-care approaches can help with personal and professional achievement and growth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the effects of trauma and its implications;
  • Recognize why self-care is vital for professionals;
  • Develop awareness of personal self-care and stressors;
  • Recognize ethical considerations of self-care;
  • Identify ways to address stressors in a positive self-care approach.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to trauma and its impact
  2. Introduction to self-care and its personal and professional impact
  3. Self-awareness exercise of self-care and stressors
  4. Ethics and self-care
  5. Negative effects of stressors – burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma
  6. Mindfulness based approaches to self-care
  7. Complete the readings located in the Materials section of the course site.

Handouts:  If it makes it easier for you to follow the course videos and take notes, we recommend you print your handouts from the Materials section and have them available as you watch the video modules. PowerPoint’s and other handouts are in the Materials tab of the course. They can be saved to your computer or printed.

Infographic: view and print the free infographic on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care Infographic at

Target Audience:  This course is appropriate for all levels of human service staff that need foundational information on trauma and Trauma-Informed Care.

Course Availability: You have unlimited access to the course after purchase.

ADA accommodations: If you require supports for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us in advance by email at or phone at 716-829-5841.

Customer service: We are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have. Please contact us by email at or phone at 716-829-5841.

Course Completion:

  • Use the Certificate tab in your course site to take course evaluation and quiz. Based on best continuing education practice, quizzes are included to verify your acquisition of knowledge. A score of 80% is needed to pass. You may retake the quiz if you do not achieve a passing score the first time.
  • Certificate of Completion: Upon successful completion of the quiz, you will be able to print your Certificate of Course Completion.

Frameable Certificate of Completion for the Online Trauma-Informed Organization Certificate Program: Basics for All Staff: If you are taking the entire certificate program and you would like to receive a frameable certificate of completion, please email us at when you complete the program requirements. There is an application with a $25 processing and records fee. Upon receipt of this, we will mail you a certificate of completion. Note: If you are an organization and you are having staff watch courses as a group, you may contact us for pricing on individual certificates for your employees: or 716-829-5847.


This course does not include any professional CEUs.



UB ITTIC Online Trauma-Informed Organization Certificate Program: Basics for All Staff- foundation course

.75  Hours



Khris Decker, LCSW-R, CASAC Related seminars and products: 1

Khris Decker, LCSW-R, CASAC, is a part-time faculty member of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, where he teaches courses intimately related to trauma, diversity and oppression, and dual disorders. Khris also proudly serves as the Managing Director of Clinical Development for Spectrum Human Services. In his 15 years of post-graduate experience, Khris has made integrating research with practice a focus of his work. Through his administrative and teaching roles, Khris spends considerable time providing clinical supervision and training opportunities for clinicians and students alike who are interested in improving their knowledge of Trauma-Informed Care and trauma interventions.

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