Certificates and Series offered by NASW Virginia

NASWVA Professional Certification in Trauma & Resilience Informed Care Training Program Fall 2021

Seventy percent of U.S. adults have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives—often before age 18. The results can be disrupted brain development, adoption of at-risk health behaviors, and increased risk for disease, disability, social problems, and physical and mental illness.

In response, social workers and behavioral health providers must understand the many aspects of trauma as evidenced through the latest research. This program is designed for mental health professionals or advanced graduate students who are actively providing therapeutic services to clients.


In the NASWVA Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience Informed Care training program, you will receive 37.5 hours of in-depth training covering foundational therapeutic skills critical to all client work, especially those clients with histories of violated safety and security. The program will help you learn and integrate evidence-informed trauma and resilience treatment skills into your everyday practices.


Instructor: Dr. Allison Jackson is CEO of Integration Solutions, Inc., a company that provides consultation services, educational programs, and technical assistance to human service organizations and integrated healthcare systems. Specializing in trauma-informed care and training people that resilience is possible when proper information and support is given, her company helps institutions further their practices as they guide people toward healing and recovery. Raised in Richmond, Va., Dr. Jackson has provided leadership development services via behavioral health, education, child welfare, and criminal justice systems for more than 20 years. See her full biography here and watch her TED talk at https://youtu.be/-HG8H4n2j9I.


You will learn:


  • Transdiagnostic skills (e.g., managing therapeutic alliance and rupture, building motivation, clarifying expectations of treatment, and engaging in collaborative planning)

  • Knowledge skills [e.g., childhood trauma (ACEs and other types of trauma), impacts on individual attachment style, building next-generation health via community resilience and system change work]

  • Brain science (e.g., trauma outcomes on the brain)

  • Identification and assessment skills

  • Gold-standard treatment (e.g., phase-oriented care)

  • Impacts of trauma and resilience work on you as a professional (vicarious trauma)

  • The program is designed to instruct in two ways: live online learning and individualized time focusing on didactic work in each area of content. You will select a time for on-demand learning during an identified week to access or watch video instruction, visual presentations, actual application skills that others have used to enhance achievement of their clients’ goals, practical resources, and more.


After each on-demand training, you will engage in a live virtual class with the instructor, where you can build on learned skills, ask questions, engage in small-group consultation with others, and gain feedback from Dr. Jackson.


The certificate program involves lecture, in-class exercises and discussion, group consultation, and demonstration. While the focus of the course is on applying these knowledge, skills and abilities to clinical practice, some past participants have reported that the course also required them to face and reflect on personal issues that advanced their own healing process.


Breakdown of Certificate Program Contact Hours:


Foundational Course and Collaborative TX Planning (3.5 hours–2 on-demand, 1.5 live)

  1. Common factors critical to optimizing therapeutic change

  2. Collaborative treatment planning


Trauma Perspective Series (34 hours–20.5 on-demand, 13.5 live)

  1. Overview on the impact of trauma: Adverse childhood experiences and other forms of trauma

  2. Trauma and the brain: Innovations in neuroscience and trauma-informed practices

  3. Emotional agility-building and engaging in trauma-informed, phase-oriented treatment with clients

  4. Impact of vicarious trauma (VT) and keys to building professional and personal resilience

  5. Trauma and resilience in the community: Building next-generation health


Key Components of a Trauma-Informed Model for Collaborative Therapeutic Care


Phase-Oriented Treatment Approaches

During the last 20 years research, leading institutions recognize that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are common across all populations and provide the basis for many common public health challenges and social problems that adults, children, and families face (Anda & Felitti, 2011). For some individuals, ACEs can result in traumatic memories and responses that become barriers to overall health and well-being.


Trauma-informed models of care are critical in addressing biological alterations, arousal functioning, and relational challenges that can arise as a result of singular or chronic forms of trauma. As Dr. Ricky Greenwald (Greenwald, 2012) explains, trauma can create sore spots around certain experiences. Normally, when this experience happens, a person would have a small response, but with a sore spot, clients respond disproportionally to everyday experiences. These inflated responses often harm clients by preventing them from accessing goals related to health, relationships, and overall quality of life.


Research suggests that phase modeled programs are the standard of care for clients who have experienced trauma (Foa, Keane, & Friedman, 2009). Trauma-informed, phase-oriented models of care focus on clients’ treatment motivation and their progression through the phases based on clients’ readiness for each stage of change. These models usually incorporate three phases of treatment focused on Safety and Stabilization, Reprocessing of Traumatic Memories, and Reintegration (Herman 1992, Janet, 1889).


Using evidence-informed interventions throughout each phase of treatment, clients are encouraged to understand the impact that traumatic events (including, but not limited to, ACEs) have had on their ability to reach their goals, develop skills in achieving safety, become educated on techniques to reduce the physiological impact of past trauma, process their trauma, and feel empowered to harness their strengths to move beyond the barriers their past trauma has created.


Additional Evidence-based Therapeutic Treatment Factors

During the last few decades, clinical research has identified important therapeutic treatment factors that enhance clinical outcomes across client groups. These key factors are the foundation of the Trauma Therapy Certificate: The Resilience Effect™ training program and are integrated into all treatment goals and life planning goals.


Common Factors

It has become widely accepted that certain trans-diagnostic common factors exist in the therapeutic process. These common factors relate to the impact of client and clinician characteristics, relationship factors, motivation, clarity of expectations of treatment, and other ingredients of the therapeutic process common to any psychotherapy, regardless of treatment modality or model. Successful treatment models embrace these factors and incorporate them as part of their foundation.


Valuing the Importance of Feedback

Feedback helps everyone get a better picture of where they are and where they are going. Regular feedback ensures that clients and their support systems are truly heard throughout the therapeutic process. Feedback allows clients, their support systems, and professional(s) to evaluate changes in client progress, strengthen therapeutic alliance, provide more accurate case conceptualizations, and facilitate a deepening in treatment planning discussions (Hatfield & Ogles, 2006).


The NASWVA Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience Informed Care Training Program shares feedback approaches that clinicians can integrate into their assessment and treatment planning process both at the start and end of each treatment session, as well as during the evaluation of discharge planning. Key areas for feedback include motivation for treatment, life satisfaction, and therapeutic alliance. Additional opportunities for feedback are incorporated into the treatment process based on case-specific needs.


Training commitment and dates:

The NASWVA Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience Informed Care Training Program will be comprised of 37.5 hours of online training. Of the 37.5 hours, 22.5 hours will be achieved on your own time via a Learning Platform that you have access to 24/7. You may complete this work at any time, however, based on prior participant experience the schedule below gives you a pacing guide that we have found to be helpful.

Two days (15 hours) of the content will be offered via live webinar on a Learning Management System (Zoom). This is a place to integrate what you are learning during the on-demand sessions with real time application and opportunities to ask questions directly and learn from others.

There will also be a brief introductory session prior to the course starting. It is often helpful to attend this live (it is only 30 minutes typically with 30 minutes for questions). If you cannot attend, that is absolutely okay as this session is recorded and put into Class One for you to review.

Participants are expected to attend all live webinars at the scheduled date/time. If there is a crisis or emergency that prevents that, a participant will need to work with the instructor to see if make up time and work can be accepted.

For the on-demand portion, participants will be given a set amount of time to view the video, PowerPoint and resources for that section. It is highly recommended that participants complete the on demand work as indicated in the schedule so they can maximize their practice and learning time during live sessions.

Training Dates are:

Thursday, October 7 - live session 1 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
Week of October 11 - on-demand classes 1 and 2
Week of October 18 - on-demand classes 3 and 4
Friday, October 29 - live session 2 (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)
Week of November 8 - on-demand class 5
Week of November 15 - on-demand classes 6 and 7
Friday, November 19 - live session 3 (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)
after November 19 - on-demand class 8



Attendees will earn 37.5 Category I Contact Hours.


Registration Fees - includes CE certificate (emailed after training)

NASW Member    $750
Non-Member       $950




“The NASW Trauma Certification Program led by Dr. Jackson was very informative and presented with skill and candor, which I greatly appreciated. Her openness and honesty allowed me to absorb the material and understand it, and I was able to relate to it and apply it to real-world situations. In addition, the course was expertly organized and taught by someone I consider to be a great leader in the field. I highly recommend both Dr. Jackson and this certification program.”

--Jamie Pettus, PsyD, LCP, Clinical Psychologist, CVHS-Southern Albemarle


“I have attended almost every Allison Jackson training available to me, but I still learned more, made more connections, and feel that I am a better clinician after participating in [this] certificate program. I highly recommend social workers of every level of expertise take the time to earn this certification…. Our patients, organizations, and communities are better served when social workers are not only trauma-informed but trauma specialists.”

--Heather Stone, PhD, LCSW, Behavioral Health Director, CVHS-Health Services



All trainings in this series will be virtual (some live sessions, some on-demand sessions.) Registrants will be sent logins and links prior to each session.


Building the Resiliency of the Next Generation of Social Workers:
A leadership development program


Race and racism are hot-button issues in today's society. And while many trainings are geared to addressing eliminating biases, there is a gap in training for building African American's resiliency in the face of racism. This gap is increasingly significant to the Social Work profession; as according to the Council of Social Work Education, African Americans are the number one demographic to obtain BSW. This combined with African Americans being more likely to experience adverse childhood events and work with high-risk populations, points to the increased risk of African American social workers experiencing vicarious trauma and burn-out. The goal of this training is to build the leadership and resiliency skills of African American social workers. Through reviewing the parallel process of being a trauma-informed provider and professional.

Session 1 – Self-Awareness a Core Competence

The first session in Building the Resiliency of the Next Generation of Social Workers: A leadership development program focuses on building participants' awareness of adverse childhood events and their long-term impacts on SAMSHA's eight dimensions of wellness. This session will focus on the core competence of self-awareness as a trauma-informed practitioner and a social work professional.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define and explain the importance of self-awareness as a core social work competency

2. Identify and summarize childhood adverse events and their impacts on wellness in adulthood

3. Describe historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, and collective trauma of African Americans

4. Describe unique trauma responses to the African American community

5. Conceptualize the parallel process of being trauma-informed

6. Define and summarize how to develop self -awareness

Duration: 3 hours

Content Level: Beginner

CEUs:  3 Category I Contact Hours (Includes 1 Ethics Hour)

Prerequisite: none


Session 2 – Self- Care a Core Competence

The second session of Building the Resiliency of the Next Generation of Social Workers: A leadership development program builds upon the prior workshop and examines how the corporations often carry over historical and modern racial injustices into the workplace. We will specifically examine issues surrounding toxic workplace, vicarious trauma, and how to build a resilient mindset. Additionally, we explore the importance of self-care as a core social work competency and as a trauma-informed practitioner.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and describe traits of a toxic workplace

  • Identify and define key factors contributing to a healthy workplace

  • Identify common workplace barriers encountered by African Americans

  • Summarize three positive psychology techniques to building resiliency

  • Identify and describe examples of African American's cultural strengths

Duration: 3 hours

CEUs: 3 Category I Contact Hours (Includes 1 Ethics Hour)

Content Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: Session 1 – Self-Awareness a Core Competence


Session 3- Advocacy – A core competency

The third session in Building the Resiliency of the Next Generation of Social Workers: A leadership development program incorporates sessions one and two to conceptualize the core competency of advocacy for African American social workers. This session examines the moral dilemmas faced by black social workers and their role in responding to social injustice in the workplace. Topics covered in this session include communication styles, conflict resolution, professional boundaries, and assertive communication.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify and define unhealthy and healthy workplace behaviors

2. Explain how a trauma-inform approach can be used to promote social justice

3. Describe proactive upstream strategies for managing toxic behavior

4. Describe reactive downstream strategies for managing toxic behaviors

5. Provide examples of ways to protect mental health in the workplace

6. Provide examples of signs of burn-out and compassion fatigue.

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Duration: 3 hours

CEUs: 3 Category I Contact Hours (Includes 1 Ethics Hour)

Content Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: Session 1 – Self-Awareness a Core Competence and Session 2 – Self- Care a Core Competence


Training commitment and dates:
Participants are expected to attend all three live virtual sessions at the scheduled date/time.

Training Dates are:

Thursday, September 16 - 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Thursday, October 14 - 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Thursday, November 18 - 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm


Upon completion of all three live virtual sessions, attendees will earn 9 Category I Contact Hours, including 3 Ethics Hours.

Ebony L Davis MSW, MPA, LCSW-C


Registration Fees - includes CE certificate (emailed after completion of all three sessions)

NASW Member       $150
Non-Member          $216


Register here!