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Trauma presentations without traumatizing your audience

I've been to a number of trauma trainings during my years as a therapist. And each of them rely on shock value to get their point across. I make it my goal to teach about trauma without using these tactics. I make sure my trauma trainings are not only clear and concise, but actually engaging, use multimedia and interactive elements.

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Complex ideas.
Simple language.

If you listen to the podcast, you know I can present complex ideas in plain language.  I do the same as a speaker, using my real life anecdotes from my work as a therapist in numerous settings.  You also know that I can present about trauma... without being traumatic.  I don't use specific details of traumatic events.  It's just not necessary.

Informative, fun
& interactive

I don't just stand and talk.  I use many tools throughout the presentation to boost audience involvement:

  • live polls - Audiences can use their preferred devices to interact with polling software anonymously.  The results are shown on a big screen immediately, creating a fun experience that is free of judgment.

  • video & audio clips - You'd be surprised at how effective a clip from the Office can be at showing defensive autonomic states.  Or how Ferris Bueller's Day Off can be the perfect example of vocal prosody.

  • large & small group discussion - I fluctuate between the two based on how much time is available and the participation level of the audience.  For example, I found an audience of police officers to be reluctant to speak in a large group, so I switched to the small group, which they had a much easier time with.  And then I used that to transition back to a large group format.

  • fun "experiments" - things that are done in vivo to experience state shifts, like talking to a partner while the other is not allowed to show facial expression.

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