Traumatic Incident Reduction training equips practitioners with the skills and knowledge to help people fully recover from trauma.

This workshop covers the nature of trauma, the consequences of traumatic incidents, and the Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) technique – a one-on-one, highly-structured and yet person-centred approach to permanently resolving trauma.

Traumatic Incident Reduction Training – A New Paradigm

It also contains information on how past traumas may be triggered, and how unwanted feelings, emotions, sensations, attitudes, and pains (“themes”) arising from past trauma may be traced back to their origins and eliminated. The workshop also teaches Unblocking, a technique that is highly useful in preparing a client for TIR and for handling issues that are not directly trauma-related, such as relationship problems. Unblocking can be applied to broad areas of life (e.g. “your self-esteem”, “your career”, “your relationship with your spouse”, etc.).

Traumatic Incident Reduction training presents a new paradigm of safety and effectiveness for helping others. TIR is amazingly effective in fully and permanently resolving posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is person-centred, client-led, and results oriented. TIR is evidence-based and listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Upon completing this training, a practitioner can expect to get good results applying what has been learned. It is recommended that the newly-trained practitioner do a post-workshop internship, consisting of supervision and assistance with case planning, to raise confidence and skills. An internship may be conducted long–distance.

Objectives:

As demonstrated through examination and supervised activities, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the theory of the traumatic network
  • Explain the theory and practice of Traumatic Incident Reduction
  • Explain the theory and practice of Unblocking
  • Describe clients for whom TIR is not appropriate
  • Predict how reactivation (triggering) affects clients’ everyday lives
  • Utilize communication exercises to increase rapport with clients
  • Describe unresolved traumatic incidents as incomplete activity cycles
  • Apply Traumatic Incident Reduction to a successful result
  • Apply Unblocking to a successful result
  • Use these structured, directive techniques in a client-centered way

Complete list of objectives

Outline:

  1. Introduction to TIR
    1. What is Traumatic Incident Reduction?
    2. Circumstances calling for the use of TIR
    3. When you can’t use TIR
    4. Present consequences of past traumatic incidents
    5. The nature of traumatic incidents
    6. Triggering of past traumas
  2. Facilitation
    1. End Points
    2. Differences between TIR and other methods
    3. The Rules of Facilitation
    4. False memories
    5. Emotions, acute emotions as indicators
  3. Communication Exercises
  4. Preparing a Client for TIR
    1. Unblocking and when to use it
    2. Repeating instructions without variation
    3. Session outline
  5. TIR Technique
    1. Assessing in TIR
    2. Finding items to address
    3. Basic TIR
    4. Thematic TIR
    5. End Points in TIR
  6. What to do if TIR Does Not Go As Expected: Remedial and Supplemental Actions
    1. Grounding
    2. Positive Recall List

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of practicing social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, peer supporters, clergy, and CRISIS Facilitators.

While appropriate for use in a therapeutic setting, and while its results may be viewed as therapeutic in nature, Traumatic Incident Reduction, its methods, and techniques, are a form of highly disciplined and structured integrative education, which results in personal improvement. The structure and safety built into the subject make it well suited for community mental health and peer co-counseling

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