“Optimism for me isn’t a passive expectation that things will get better; it’s a conviction that if we can make things better — that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don’t lose hope and we don’t look away.”

-Melinda Gates


Traumatic experiences not only affect the survivor, they also have a profound impact on the circle of individual surrounding a survivor, with those closest being the most impacted. It can be difficult to see someone you care about suffering, and confusing to not know what is going on or how to help. You may be worrying about their well-being, and feel helpless when confronted by their emotional reactions and powerless to change their circumstances. You may feel “shut out” when they are “shut down” and distant. Supporting someone who has been through trauma can be an emotional roller coaster, so much that your own health can suffer and you find you are no longer able to act as an effective support person. Boot Camp will enable you to support your loved one and manage your own reactions. After Boot Camp you will be able to:

  • Define trauma and traumatic stress

  • Explain reactions to trauma

  • Translate your anger and confusion about the trauma(s) into empathy and tolerance

  • Distinguish your loved ones unique trauma reaction profile

  • Implement effective emotional and practical support strategies to support your loved one through trauma recovery

  • Value and honor your loved one’s strength in coping

  • Develop effective self-care strategies to shield yourself from secondary traumatic stress


Workshops and trainings are available to support agencies in building capacity for serving the unique and holistic needs of survivors in a way that is empathic and tolerant of their experiences. Example trainings include:

  • Trauma 101: The Basics of Psychological Trauma and Traumatic Stress

  • Self-Care: Reducing and Preventing Burnout

  • Interpersonal Trauma: The Effects on Body, Mind, and Spirit

  • Empirically Supported Treatments for PTSD

*We can consult with your agency to design a workshop specific to the needs of your staff and the population you serve. Get in touch to let us know your interests and assist you in identifying and refining your goals for an agency workshop or training.