Trauma-Effective Leadership Certificate

Imagine creating an organization where everyone understands their “why,” purpose, or belief and is working from a place where they can innovate, grow, adapt, inspire, and influence teams, clients, systems, and communities. Leaders create culture and environments where people feel safe. We invite you to step into the learning of how to become an inspired leader who can cultivate an environment that is not only informed about trauma, but is effective at mitigating and ameliorating it.

This fully online, certification program will use a cohort learning model to provide learners with the following:

  • What a trauma-effective organization looks like and how to define, measure, and recognize well-being.
  • New trauma-effective leadership techniques, based on an emerging understanding of the importance of both physical and emotional safety.
  • Increased awareness of the leader’s role in shaping culture to be safe in both conscious and unconscious practices in the parallel process.
  • New skills and strategies to create a toolbox of trauma-informed leadership practices.

Certificate Eligibility

This interdisciplinary certificate is open to professionals from across the country and may be of particular interest to leaders from human services, child welfare, behavioral/mental health, corrections, health care, education and more, from both the private and public sectors.

Some signs that this certificate is for you include:

  • you’ve lost your vision, your passion is no longer your driving motivation;
  • you’re struggling with worker burnout, retention, and satisfaction;
  • your outcomes or results are stagnant;
  • revenue generation is more challenging due to a lack of innovation;
  • you’re wondering what a “trauma-effective organization” looks like;
  • you’re curious about how to define, measure, and recognize well-being when you see it.

Many leaders are trained in traditional practices and leadership approaches. Such training does not teach leaders to adapt to new, changing environments by utilizing new knowledge and methodologies. This certificate helps leaders build on their previous training to respond effectively to changing realities and demands facing organizations in today’s service environment.

Major Learning Modalities

This course will bring together a small cohort of leaders from human services, child welfare, behavioral/mental health, law enforcement/corrections, health care, education, and more, from both the private and public sectors. The cohort size will be limited to 25 to ensure an engaged learning community. Major learning modalities will include course readings, real-time instructor-facilitated discussions with peers, instructor-created videos, peer-led discussion forums, critical response papers, organizational case studies and assessments, reflective writing, and a final project.

The majority of course content is asynchronous, meaning learners can engage in course content whenever they find it convenient. The praxis between learning and practice occurs though a monthly two-hour, live Zoom discussion with all students and faculty.

Benefits of This Certificate

New practice wisdom that has not been taught in most traditional educational settings is available to leaders. It is vital to understand the role that parallel process plays. When healing of the healers occurs, visible outcomes include:

  • Increased retention
  • Improved outcomes and results
  • Increased innovation and creativity
  • Decreased burnout
  • Decreased cost

Major Learning Themes

Trauma-effective leadership begins with an understanding of trauma and its impact on the brain. This knowledge sets the framework for leaders to build their own personal self-awareness and understanding to create informed and effective leadership strategies. Major learning objectives for each month’s modules include:

  • Identifying your goals and assessing your and your organization’s level of well-being.
  • Developing a personal strengthening plan and your leadership fortitude: Understanding your “why” while learning self-regulation strategies and developing your own leadership goals.
  • Developing an organizational strengthening plan—protective factors and fostering resilience to mitigate the impact of the work — developing your role as a leader.
  • Using a universal precautions approach to trauma with leaders, staff and others: Building self-awareness about how the impact of trauma, culture, and experience affect your leadership responses.
  • Creating organizational change: Contrasting traditional and trauma effective approaches.
  • Modeling well-being and healing for leaders and staff: Engaging the parallel process.
  • Implementing trauma-effective operational and administrative services and environments: Selecting, building, and leading trauma-effective services.
  • Navigating the elements of organizational change and the challenges inherent in the change process.
  • Integrating and applying learning: Application and ways to build sustainable support through the change process.

Please let us know if you are interested in this or any of the other certificates that will be offered by filling out the form.

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