Trauma-Informed Leadership

When we know better, we do better.

Trauma is a vast topic we are starting to hear more about with each passing week. As researchers, scientists and neuro specialists begin to know the brain and nervous system better, we sense that there are few of us that have NOT been impacted by trauma.

A trauma is a life altering event that is so impactful it changes the way you are in the world. Sometimes these traumatic events can happen at work, other times not. What is important is that any trauma will affect the way we function in the world, and at work.

Given the work environment during and post- the pandemic there is little doubt we have experienced a collective trauma and somewhere along the way many people experienced individual traumas as well. This is a truth we are navigating tentatively, and we are here to support this navigation.

There are lots of words that describe what happens to humans when they are traumatized but often, we see this show up at work as: high levels of stress or disorganization, workplace dysregulation, burn out and complete disengagement. These things are a hidden cost to the workplace. When the results of trauma get too big to handle, employees need stress/mental health and sick leave, our productivity is tested and workplace relationships get strained and challenging.

Trauma-informed leadership means that leaders in the workplace make a commitment to thinking and acting in ways that cause no further trauma to anyone. It is an awareness of creating environments and space that cause no more trauma, and it is a dedication to supporting employees with regulation so they can thrive safely at work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore a clear definition of trauma in the workplace and beyond
  • Gain language to describe, define and have conversations about trauma
  • Understand the types of traumas we can encounter and the possible manifestations of trauma in human presentation
  • Find out why people mask their trauma at work – and cost of this
  • Understand the concepts of regulation, dysregulation and co-regulation as supportive tools for people who have experienced trauma in the workplace
  • Identify “triggers” and process how to manage dysregulation at work
  • Create a toolbox of strategies that help you identify and support trauma in co-workers
  • Discover how trauma-informed leadership can support teams in communication, productivity and coherence

Take-Away Strategies & Tools:

  • The language of trauma and how using it well can remove shame, stigma and increase regulation on teams and at work
  • Immediate changes you can make to shift the workplace environment to support people with trauma manifestations from some dysregulation due to triggers all the way to a more complex diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Understand when you may need to reach out for more targeted professional support
  • Lean how to recover from causing trauma in the past and move towards “post-traumatic growth”
  • Find out how to create and support safe spaces and conversations at work with people who have already experienced trauma

Additional Information:

  • This talk has been developed for leaders and their teams
  • Standard length is 3.5 hours. It can be shortened to more of an overview, and can be covered at a high level in a keynote.
  • This session is available for virtual or for in-person delivery
  • Client will be responsible for speaker travel costs, plus a per diem over and above the speaker fee
  • Need additional tailoring of content, or a fully customized session?  We're here for you. Book a free needs assessment today so we can uncover exactly what you need and how we can help
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