I appreciate the handouts and visual aids. They are user friendly and will make sharing what we have learned easier.
— participant, Western Region Training
I’ve never had a more wonderful training experience. Incorporating the neurology, spiritual, energetic, and physiological impacts and factors of trauma is so important to know. I’m so glad I came and I am walking away with a much better understanding.
— Participant, Western Region Training
I was worried I would be bored at this training because I have been trained on trauma informed care in the past, but Jess was very interesting, and kept the topic interesting as well.
— Participant, Southern Region Training
I appreciated the trauma-informed way that Jess led the training. The language she used and how she led the training were great models for how to interact with my clients (stopping for breaks, respect for self and body, etc.). They were gentle reminders to guide me to bring this back to how we interact in the workplace.
— Participant, Southeastern Region Training
For me it was definitely an eye opener to understand how different people’s culture can impact help a person understands and perceives their trauma and the trauma around them. I have not had anyone touch on that area in previous trainings.
— Participant, Southern Region Training
[I was struck by] The significance of the overlap and intersectionality of oppression and trauma. I knew they intersected but I had not had someone put say it well enough before to really stress how much oppression impacts an individual’s trauma, but also how it impacts trauma informed care.
— Participant, Southeastern Region Training
This training gave me an opportunity to be more mindful of taking care of myself. It’s easy to put being a mother, a caregiver, an employee, and a wife before myself. But to be my best self, I have to take care of myself as well. If I’m not taking care of myself, I’m not able to take care of others.
— Participant, Southeastern Region Training
Jess is an engaging and passionate speaker. I have great respect for the work you do, and your willingness to be vulnerable. Although the exercises made me nervous, they definitely contributed to my learning, and kept me engaged. There was so much information presented in new ways, that I wish I had more time to digest it all! This is not your typical trauma informed care training.
— Participant, Southeastern Region Training
I appreciate the authenticity with which you shared this information. There was a different...something...about the training. Not sure how to explain that. I didn’t find myself thinking, “oh, I’ve heard this all before” or “i need to fidget/move in order to stay focused on this content”.
— Participant, Southeastern Region Training
[I’m taking away from this training] more self awareness.
— Participant, Northern Region Training
The nature piece of the training was extremely helpful and got me thinking!
— Participant, Northeastern Region Training
[I will be applying] All of what I learned. Jess gave so many different ways to view trauma and then means of dealing with it that all pertains to those I work with.
— Participant, Northeastern Region Training
I am going to try and listen to my own body more and what signals I send when talking and listening to the families I serve.
— Participant, Hayward Training
I am normally fairly introverted and reserved, but I enjoyed the experiential elements. I also enjoyed the way elements of the structure of the training worked as a metaphor for working with trauma; this added a level of nuance and complexity to the experience.
— Participant, Hayward Training