Trauma Education Essentials

Introducing Trauma Education Essentials

Introducing Trauma Education Essentials


Education for Health Professionals on Psychological Trauma and Trauma-informed care

Welcome! Trauma Education Essentials offers educational webinars for mental health professionals, and other health care providers, working with people who have experienced psychological trauma. We feature international experts in the field of trauma who cover a diverse array of clinically relevant topics, all delivered in a dynamic and interactive online format. Each live webinar features a question & answer period where questions from our attendees are answered by the presenter.  CE credits available. We look forward to meeting you at one of our webinars!

– Colin A. Ross, MD  &  Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC


News & Announcements

- We just received approval to provide ASWB Continuing Education credits! We are also approved CE providers for APA, NBCC, and NAADAC. Click here for more info!

- We are hosting an interactive workshop titled 'Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma: Level 1' in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2018 at the Gladstone Hotel. Click here for more details!

Upcoming Live Webinar

Trauma, Ethics, & Betrayal

October 18, 2018: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

 Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD

Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD

Jennifer Freyd, PhD

Dr. Jennifer J. Freyd is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. Freyd is a widely published and nationally-renowned scholar whose work focuses on studies of betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, and sexual violence See full bio here.

 Steve Frankel, PhD, JD

Steve Frankel, PhD, JD

Steve Frankel, PhD, JD

 Dr. Steve Frankel is Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an Attorney at Law, who practices both professions in San Francisco’s East Bay.  He is a Clinical Prof. of Psychology at USC.  See full bio here. 

What is this webinar about? 
During the first hour and a half of the webniar, Dr. Jennifer Freyd will discuss 'Interpersonal and Institutional Betrayal Trauma'. Her presentation will include an explanation of betrayal trauma theory and information about institutional betrayal.  She will explain the dynamics of betrayal blindness and how that can impact memory and awareness of betrayal.  Dr. Freyd will also present research on the toxic nature of interpersonal and institutional betrayal, as well as research on both harmful and helpful responses to trauma disclosures.  

In the second half of the webinar, Dr. Steve Frankel will discuss 'Risk management principles for clinicians working with trauma survivors'. His presentation will explore the ethical and legal risks involved in working with survivors of traumatic experiences, ways to understand and predict those risks, and prophylactic steps to take toward their minimization and management. A range of major patient risk categories will be described, as are risks associated with clinicians. An approach to working with victims of trauma is outlined - one which is grounded in the conviction that well-being and a sense of security are best fostered when it is recognized that the safety of each party is interdependent on that of the other. 

Why Should I Attend This Webinar?
Learn how to respond well to disclosures of mistreatment as well as ideas about how individuals and institutions can constructively promote institutional courage. You will benefit from hearing about an approach to minimize ethical and legal risk when working collaboratively with trauma survivors. You can submit questions throughout the live webinar for the presenters to answer during their Q&A sessions. 


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current research on the prevalence and harmful effects of institutional betrayal.

  2. Describe some approaches and interventions for institutional betrayal.

  3. Describe ethical and legal risks in being a trauma therapist.

  4. Describe steps therapists can take to reduce their liability risk.

Registration Fee

  • Regular Registration $69 USD

  • Emerging Professionals $49 USD

  • Students (full-time) $39 USD

  • All courses are intermediate level unless otherwise specified

  • Registration to a live webinar includes access to the recorded webinar as well which will be emailed to you within a few hours of the live webinar ending.


1:30 – 2:45      Interpersonal and Institutional Betrayal Trauma

2:45 - 3:00        Questions and Answers

3:00 - 3:05        5 minute break

3:05 – 4:15        Risk management principles for clinicians working with trauma survivors

4:15 – 4:30        Questions and Answers

Continuing Education Credits

  • 3 CE credits for this 3 hour live webinar (APA, NBCC, NAADAC) available at checkout for an additional $10 USD.

  • 2.75 ASWB CE credits available at checkout for an additional $10 USD.

  • Trauma Education Essentials, #1673, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Trauma Education Essentials maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 08/30/2018 – 08/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2.75 continuing education clock hours.

  • Click here for more info on CE credits. CE credits are only available for live webinars, and are not available for recorded webinars


I envision these webinars as a place for learning and growth, as well as a meeting place for community-building and inspiration.
— Dr. Dana Ross