Trauma Competency for the 21st Century: The Empowerment & Resilience Structure. This course satisfies the educational requirements for the Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CTSI) available through the Trauma Institute International. This course is designed using evidenced-based leading-edge interventions and protocols that clinicians can immediately implement to augment their work treating survivors of trauma. It is a break from traditional trauma treatment as this course provides the learner with a generic structured approach--The Empowerment & Resilience Treatment Structure (Rhoton & Gentry, 2014). This structure is applied to the entire treatment trajectory for someone with posttraumatic stress using—instead or a particular model or method—an approach that catalyzes the “active ingredients” that work in all trauma treatments in a delivery system that is accelerated, succinct and relational. Utilizing this structure allows treatment to be fitted perfectly to the individual receiving treatment; sensitive to his/her information processing capacities, relational style and pace.
This course is taught using didactic lecture, demonstrations, role-play, simulations, and the utilization of a clinician intervention implementation format. The information is presented aligned with the sequence of The Empowerment & Resilience Structure stages that include: (1) Preparation & Relationship-Building; (2) Psychoeducation & Skills-Building; (3) Desensitization & Integration; and (4) Posttraumatic Growth & Resilience. The Trauma Competency for the 21st Century course examines the “active ingredients”/common elements of all effective trauma treatment, allowing the learner to increase their effectiveness with any model of trauma treatment in which they have training. The active ingredients”/common elements approach will aid clinicians in addressing and resolving traumatic stress even when other primary diagnoses are present. This design and implementation of treatment can have a powerful transformational effect that rapidly accelerates treatment and provides a well-balanced exposure to the scientifically-grounded generic components of all effective trauma treatment for the participants.