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Responsive Workplace Training

The SWIM – NATAL Training on Building a Trauma Responsive Workplace is an interactive program designed to raise awareness of the role of trauma in the workplace and help implement best practices for trauma-responsive organizational growth. The training is intended for dedicated members of motivated workplaces committed to learning about trauma-responsive workplace strategies, corporate development, and implementing necessary change at their organizations.

        This training is a six-module interactive program designed over six months with complete day training every month and between-session practice conducted at participant organizations. If requested, the timeline can be amended to meet the needs of the participant organizations. Each module is taught with the purpose of moving closer and closer to a trauma responsive workplace.


Project: Identify and design a project implemented within each participant organization. This will include resource mapping, planning, engaging focus groups, and convening ambassadors for growth at participant organizations. The project will develop throughout the training and will be tailored to each organization’s self-identified needs.

Training Topics

Module 1: Workplace Culture and Motivation for Trauma Responsive Organizational Growth

Module one focuses on being more aware of how trauma presents itself in the workplace.  The first step is to learn what trauma really is and how it can present itself.



Module 2: Intro to Resilience, Stress, and Trauma

          Module two is about how we need to understand the psychological impact of stress as it pertains to the workplace.  The goal is to learn to observe the social determinants of health.

Module 3: Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences

         In module 3, participants learn how the adverse childhood experiences they had affect their professional life years down the line.  By taking the ACE test, participants are better able to understand where their own trauma comes from as well as understanding the past of their co-workers.

Module 4: Establishing Safety and Building Trust:  A Trauma informed Workplace.

         In module 4, participants see a direct application of building a safer and more trusting workplace.  By creating a more trusting workplace, there is a significant increase in commitment, motivation, morale, creativity, engagement, productivity, and problem-solving ability.

Module 5: Relationships at work

         Module 5 examines Biases and Trauma informed communication in the workplace.  It defines the difference between conscious and unconscious bias.  As well as informs participants on how communicating in a trauma informed workplace is different.

Module 6: Psychoeducational Workshop

         Module 6 is the culmination of all lessons learned through the program.  In this module, participants practice with real world applications everything that they have worked on through the program.