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DCF has demonstrated its commitment to become a trauma-informed system of care.  As part of this commitment, DCF seeks to ensure that staff and our partners collaborate across systems, understand trauma's impact on themselves and those they serve, as well as, continue its efforts in providing training about trauma and trauma-focused treatments.

TAMING TRAUMA, with Eric Arauz, MLER, President of the Trauma Training Institute of New Jersey, is not just another training to add to your continuing education portfolio or a way to ensure you have met required training hours.  Taming Trauma is about You: Your Work, Your Health, Your Life.

This experiential learning opportunity is based on the most current research on Psychophysiological Trauma, Stress Physiology, Industrial Relations, Behavioral Neuroscience, Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Neuroendocrinology, Neurophysiology and Heart Rate Variability.

TAMING TRAUMA will focus on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) study by Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to first illustrate when families who enter our system have likely endured at least one, and too often many, traumatic experiences.   Participants will explore how such trauma can be acute and trigger a persistent stress response that is unable to be regulated by the individual(s) experiencing it.  In turn, participants will gain an understanding how this causes physiological, cognitive and behavioral adaptions, and later maladaptations for survival.  Lastly, participants will understand how their own stress response is triggered and it can then lead to their own secondary traumatization if not self-regulated.

In sum, this interactive training is designed to help you fully understand trauma, secondary or vicarious trauma and give you the tools you need toward TAMING TRAUMA.

The training will consist of three parts:

  • What is Trauma and Why Should It Matter to Me?
    Participants will receive an operational definition of Trauma, what Trauma is and what it looks like in youth and families served. 
  • The Stress Response and Visceral Fluency:  A deeper understanding of the Stress Response and what it physically feels like to experience
    Participants will gain an understanding of the stress response and learn a personal visceral fluency to locate where in the body they experience this along their autonomous nervous system and the portals to self-regulate.

  • How to Regulate the Stress Response in the Relational Milieu
    Participants will be introduced to a toolkit of interventions immediately applicable in their work down regulate their own stress response which in turn will down regulate the reactive and agitated client. This part of the training will include several experiential exercises and videos to aid in their comprehension and assist in their use of new tools while under stress.

TAMING TRAUMA is an experiential learning opportunity. Eric Arauz gives you a glimpse of what you can expect, click the video link below:

   (YouTube Video)
(Employees with trouble accessing YouTube video left can access here) 


For more information, please contact the following two DCF representatives:

 Nancy Carre-Lee
Assistant Director
Child Protection and Permanency


Ruby Goyal-Carkeek
Deputy Director
Children's System of Care