Becoming a trauma-aware therapist: Definitions and assessment

This course is part one of a three-part series on becoming a trauma-aware psychotherapist. Each course may be read online for free, with the option to purchase CE credits upon completion.

Trauma takes many forms, and in this course I explore a number of different pathways to the experience of trauma, including Betrayal Trauma, insidious trauma and micro-aggression, and loss of the just world. I then offer a fairly complete summary of ways to assess for the various sequelae of trauma exposure, both formally and informally. If you’re a psychologist who likes testing this course will be especially fun for you, as I review the ways in which various standard and trauma-specific instruments can be utilized.

Where to find


Brown, L.S. (2011). Emotional and cultural competence in the trauma-aware therapist.

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