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Healing a Wounded Soul

Alongside the advocacy work we do, PMHCA has a selection of trainings that are outstanding. There are trainings for mental health professionals, peer professionals, and anyone who wants to learn more about mental health and recovery. We pride ourselves in the creation of a learning environment that is safe, comfortable, and effective. For most trainings offered, there is an in person, virtual, or hybrid ability. If you have questions about listed trainings or are interested in scheduling, please email

Healing a Wounded Soul: An Exploration of Trauma

Did you ever wonder how trauma can affect your overall well-being? Are you seeking more coping mechanisms to deal with trauma? Join our interactive class to gain knowledge on how trauma impacts the brain and its functions. Furthermore, we will delve into the ACES research on health outcomes and the proactive measures you can take to combat them. Participants will have the opportunity to learn various coping skills, including mindfulness, breathing exercises, and grounding techniques, through interactive activities. We will also discuss self-care strategies and how they can help alleviate the stress of trauma. Certificate is provided.

Learning Objectives:

    • Gain a basic understanding of the structure of the brain.
    • Discuss how trauma effects the development of the brain. 
    • Understand what trauma is and how it affects everyone differently.
    • Provide information on the ACEs/Philadelphia Study and how it effects health outcomes.
    • Engage in learning exercises to develop coping skills.

    Time: 3 hours

    Number of People: 25

    Healing A Wounded Soul: An Exploration of Trauma will be held on October 8th, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm virtually on zoom. There is no cost associated with this training. Register Here!

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    It's possible to describe and classify traumatic events in a variety of ways. Below are some examples of different types of trauma:

    • Complex Trauma – this the pervasive impact of being exposed to multiple, simultaneous, or prolonged traumatic stress. Examples can include repeat incidences of abuse or multiple deployments of military personnel to a war zone.
    • Secondary or Vicarious Trauma – this trauma appears when an individual experiences trauma-related symptoms in response to helping or empathizing with others who have experienced traumatic events. This is common among helping professions who may repeatedly hear about or witness traumatic events happening to clients.
    • Historical Trauma - this is known as generational trauma and also refers to traumatic events experienced by specific cultural or ethnic groups. Historical trauma can have an effect on populations throughout generations, resulting in individuals being hesitant to enter systems of care that have historically oppressed these populations. Examples include the forced migration and colonization of Native Americans, the internment of Japanese individuals during WWII, and the enslavement and oppression of African Americans.
    • Racial/Ethnic Trauma – this type of trauma results from race- or ethnicity-related experiences that involve discrimination, prejudice, or racism. Examples of racial/ethnic trauma can range from interpersonal interactions to systemic oppression.
    • Minority Stress – similar to racial/ethnic trauma, minority stress involves chronic levels of stress faced by members of stigmatized minority groups. One example of minority stress includes members of the LGBTQ+ community experiencing discrimination or violence in response to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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