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Trauma Preparation, Response & PTSD Prevention Training: A Framework for Helping Clients Heal from Traumatic Events

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Trey Malicoat, MS
4 Hours 31 Minutes
Nov 01, 2022
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While many schools have highly developed protocols for shootings, police departments have specific strategies for community crisis, suicides and other events…

Many therapists and other healthcare professionals don’t have a specific, expertly designed framework for helping their clients when traumatic events arise…

We know that the sooner clients get help after trauma the better their results.

Gain the skills to treat trauma immediately after it happens and support clients through past trauma that may be triggered.

Join Trey Malicoat, MS, a therapist who has provided support after 9/11, Columbine, Pulse Night Club and other events for a comprehensive training that explores how to prevent PTSD while supporting your client through any past trauma. You’ll learn:

  • How to assess for trauma symptoms BEFORE a disorder is present
  • How to help clients process present trauma while addressing core trauma
  • Prevent chronic depression, anxiety, panic & PTSD development
  • How personalities may be changed, how core beliefs develop & CBT strategies for supporting clients
  • Teach clients resiliency, personal agency & create external anchors in the face of adversity

Help your clients who’ve experienced trauma today live better tomorrow.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 4.75 hours CPD.



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Trey Malicoat, MS, holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with specialized training in acute trauma from the National Association for Victim Assistance. Since 1998, Trey has worked as a therapist, a healthcare administrator, a crisis responder, a speaker, and the creator of the Restoration Model for personal healing. As a crisis responder, Trey worked as an in-field crisis responder at the Thurston and Columbine High School Shootings, the attack on the World Trade Center, and the PULSE Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Trey has taught courses at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, the University of Denver, Western Oregon University, and several community colleges. He has taught courses on trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, suicide, bullying, human sexuality, ethics, and violence.

Trey has conducted workshops throughout the US, New Zealand, Canada, and Costa Rica. Trey currently splits his time between Denver, CO, and Saint Petersburg, FL, where he lives with his partner. Angel and their dog, Flash.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Trey Malicoat is the founder of The Restoration Academy. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Trey Malicoat has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Analyze strategies to prevent chronic depression, anxiety, panic & PTSD development.
  2. Build therapist’s ability to create client resiliency and personal agency through external anchors in the face of adversity.
  3. Evaluate a framework that helps clients process present trauma while managing core or complex trauma.
  4. Integrate CBT and other strategies into a framework for helping trauma survivors make meaning from experiences.
  5. Develop the skill set to conduct trauma-sensitive therapeutic sessions.


How Trauma Occurs: A Sensory & Physiological Experience 

  • Global Goals for Post-Trauma Counseling
  • How to reduce acute stress factors
  • Restoring and enhancing adaptive capacities
  • What qualifies as trauma?
  • Assessing sensory impact & focus
  • Understanding Polyvagal engagement
  • The Hierarchy of Trauma Exposure
  • Distinguishing features of community tragedy 

Assessing the Impact of Traumatic Experiences 

  • Why proximity to trauma matter
  • Level of social awareness & media involvement
  • Cognitive, emotional & physical stress symptoms
  • Limitations on personal agency and resilience
  • The nature of the trauma–Acute or chronic
  • The spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and intellectual impact
  • DSM-V-TR PTSD & common co-morbidities
  • Factors of susceptibility to long-term stress
  • Post-Trauma character changes – positive & negative 
  • Loss and existential questions that arise

Past Trauma: Core Wounds as the Lens for Framing Reality 

  • 4 Perceptions Clients use to frame reality
  • Identifying core wounds that influence resiliency
  • Common core wounds and their impact on present trauma
  • Using a timeline as a tool for discovery
  • 10 Common irrational beliefs & how to address them
  • Reframing, cognitive dissonance & meaning making
  • Traumatic Experiences: Safe or unsafe in the world
  • Internal or External Locus of Control
  • Relational patterns and self-sabotaging behaviours
  • Compensatory personas, beliefs, & defence mechanisms
  • How fear, power & control function
  • Case study: Mary, 45-year-old, sexual abuse, childhood trauma

The Framework: Structure & Conduct a Trauma-Sensitive Session 

  • Creating Safety & Security
    • Setting session expectations
    • Creating the sensory experience
    • Establishing a posture of equality
    • Maintaining a solution-focus: tools, training, and resources
    • Using breathwork and visualization for regulation
    • Cadence, volume, and tone
  • Ventilation & Validation
  • Prediction & preparation
  • Useful phrases for supporting trauma survivors
  • Encouraging balance & optimal health
    • Reframing toward personal agency
    • Celebrating strength and capability
    • Control: perception and reaction
    • Encouraging creativity instead of a fixed reality
    • Holistic wellness model
  • Accountability and assignments for success
  • Suggested questions for meaning-making


Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • All other healthcare professionals
  • School-Based Counselors
  • School-Based Psychologists
  • School-Based Social Workers
  • School Administrators


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