Fundamentals of Trauma-informed Care and Recovery Virtual Training

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Fundamentals of Trauma-informed Care and Recovery

Core Tenents and Key Fundamentals for Helping in Life’s Most Challenging Moments

This training is an approved prerequisite for the following:

Story Informed Trauma Therapy Certification

Virtual Training

Limited Seating – Only 200 Spots Available – Secure Yours Now! 

Date: November 10-11, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Central Time
Each Day

What You Need to Know

In our modern, post-COVID-19 pandemic world, trauma-informed care is at the heart of effective clinical care for today’s generations. That’s why we are so pleased to offer a training for anyone on the Christian caregiving spectrum. No matter if you are a mental health professional, biblical counselor or peer support specialist, trauma is becoming more and more prevalent and shows up in almost every session. As the mental health crisis continues to grow, more people are looking for ways to make positive changes and move forward—especially integrating their faith in the recovery process.

This training will give you the fundamental skills and tools you need to ensure your counseling or ministry is effectively trauma-informed.

The best news is that this training is VIRTUAL!

An Approved Prerequisite Training

Fundamentals of Trauma-informed Care and Recovery is the introductory prerequisite training to Story-Informed Trauma Therapy (SITT) developed by Byron Kehler, M.S. After completing the Fundamentals of Trauma-informed Care and Recovery, attendees will be able eligible to participate in a Story-Informed Trauma Therapy (SITT) Training.

Byron Kehler developed Story Informed Trauma Therapy (SITT) over years of working with survivors of trauma and seeing other modalities offer only limited and sporadic help in the way of recovery or life change. Story-Informed Trauma Therapy enables us to help clients with the real source of their distress. SITT is a comprehensive framework for viewing and understanding the trauma recovery process, offering a step-by-step roadmap through a proven evidence-based 9-stage recovery model.

Why be Trauma-informed?

Unresolved trauma is what brings most clients into our offices, whether they know it or not and whether we know it or not. Being trauma-informed equips us to separate the symptoms from the true problem and focus our treatment on the areas that promote the greatest change for our clients. We must address the issues at the root rather than the “fruit,” which is the depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, relational conflicts, and disrupted lives that bring them in to see us. Without foundational trauma-informed care principles, you need to work with those who have experienced trauma, it’s going to cost you and your clients…

  • Potential re-traumatization 
  • Missing signs and symptoms of trauma 
  • Being treated as just another statistic 
  • Marginalization 

This trauma training teaches you to how to identify trauma in the lives of your clients, help them understand its impact, and equips you to develop treatment that brings about real and substantial healing. We believe that anyone who provides care for people should have a basic understanding of trauma and its effect on mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being. From healthcare organizations to schools to businesses and churches, a trauma-informed approach is now recommended for all institutions and individuals involved in direct care.   

Training Details

Online Virtual Training 


Unresolved trauma is what most often brings clients into therapy with mental health professionals. This training will provide a foundation for therapists to engage clients from a trauma-informed perspective. You will be introduced to a deeper understanding of what constitutes trauma, how to identify it in the lives of your clients, why people react differently to trauma experiences, and how it impairs their daily function.  

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is the most common psychological signature of trauma. This training will teach you how trauma leads to the development of PTSD and the impact of PTSD on the therapeutic process of recovery. We will identify and explain the ten most essential areas of trauma impact and how to promote healing in those specific areas. Trauma responses aren’t limited to the person who experienced the trauma. You will learn how transgenerational trauma and epigenetics continue to impact people from generation to generation and how mental health professionals can help break that cycle in therapy.  We will discuss how people attempt to resolve trauma in unhealthy ways and how this exacerbates their original trauma experience. You will learn how to help people resolve their trauma in healthy ways through the introduction of a powerful evidenced-based structured model that utilizes a client’s story as a path to their healing and recovery. 

Training Objectives

Participants will: 

  1. Develop a strong trauma-informed foundation for effective trauma recovery. 
  2. Identify what qualifies as a traumatic event. 
  3. Recognize why trauma impacts overall functioning and why clients react to trauma differently. 
  4. Assess trauma in people’s stories and the impact on daily functioning. 
  5. Identify how trauma can lead to PTSD, which impacts long-term recovery. 
  6. Outline the ten essential impact areas in trauma recovery. 
  7. Recognize and address transgenerational and epigenetic trauma. 
  8. Identify ways people attempt to resolve trauma in unhealthy ways. 
  9. Develop strategies to help people resolve trauma in healthy ways. 
  10. Discuss why knowing our stories is the best way to healing and recovery. 
Continuing Education

Approved for 14.0 ASWBCE Credits

Approved for 14.0 IBCC CE Credits

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers, and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due to good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required Continuing Education hours. For more information on AACC Continuing Education programs, please visit

This training offered through the AACC meets the ongoing CE requirements for counselors, life coaches, and crisis responders who are credentialed through the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) or one of its affiliate boards: the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counseling (BCPPC); the Board of Christian Life Coaching (BCLC); the Board of Mental Health Coaching (BMHC) and the Board of Christian Crisis and Trauma Response (BCCTR).For more information on AACC Continuing Education programs, please visit

After the flood waters of Hurricane receded, God brought Byron Kehler into my life, profoundly impacting me professionally and personally. Now 17 years later, Byron has trained hundreds of therapists in south Louisiana and beyond impacting thousands of clients and families. As life becomes increasingly traumatic in our country and world, I feel called to introduce Byron to as many therapists and ministers as possible. We all need his wisdom on healing trauma. Byron teaches a practical, clear, precise roadmap for healing trauma that works. Using his model, I have watched hundreds of clients move from despair to wholeness and joy.”
Michele Louviere

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Byron Kehler, M.S., is a trauma therapist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. He has worked with survivors of various trauma including physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and sexual abuse for over 40 years. Byron has been certified by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and EMDR with a specialization in Dissociative Disorders. He has presented on various childhood trauma recovery themes around the country at churches, social services agencies, public schools, universities, and conferences. He was a first responder to natural disasters including Katrina, and the tsunami in Middle Asia, and continues to provide ongoing training to first responders in natural disaster trauma response. He is the author and developer of the evidence-based Story-Informed Trauma Therapy model that has been proven effective in reducing PTSD symptoms and promoting recovery for trauma survivors.  

In addition to understanding the impact of sexual abuse on survivors, Byron is familiar with the motivations and thinking of sexual offenders. He has worked with the Morrison Center’s sexual offender program in Portland, Oregon for over 25 years teaching victim empathy awareness to offenders. He is the producer and director of a documentary called Speak Out which contains candid interviews with offenders and survivors brought together to talk about the abuse experience. 

Byron brings extensive knowledge, understanding, sensitivity, compassion, practicality, and even humor to this most difficult topic. 

Learn more about Byron Kehler, M.S by visiting

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is included in the cost?

Your registration covers both days of this live training. This also includes the Certificate of completion and CEs, if purchased. After completion of the training, you will be eligible to participate in the 48 hour Story Informed Trauma Therapy training.

Do I need any additional resources?

No! Everything you need will be given in the live training.

Do I have to attend each session both days?

Yes, both days are mandatory to complete the this training. You must be present online each day of the training. Not attending any part of the live section will impact others and will not allow you to get all of the knowledge that is required to be considered trained. If you miss any portion of the training, you will not receive a certificate of completion, CE’s or be eligible for the Story Informed Trauma Therapy training.

Who is this for?

This training covers a wide variety of topics applicable to mental health professionals, pastors, coaches, teachers, healthcare workers and anyone providing direct care to hurting people.

What is Story Informed Trauma Therapy?

Story-Informed Trauma Therapy (SITT) provides the framework or roadmap for trauma recovery journey. Story-Informed Trauma Therapy is a structured, directive therapy that utilizes one’s chronological life story to inform, process, and resolve childhood trauma. The first step in the SITT training is the two day “Fundamentals of Trauma-informed Care and Recovery.” This training lays the foundation for the six-day training in the Story-Informed Trauma Therapy process. After completion of the six-day SITT training, therapists can choose to continue their training to become Story-Informed Trauma Therapy Certified, demonstrating to those seeking services that you have been trained and certified as a Story-Informed Trauma Therapist. As Story-Informed Trauma Therapy grows in popularity, more and more clients are seeking this type of therapy specifically. To learn more about SITT therapy, please visit:

What is different about Story-Informed Trauma Therapy and EMDR?

Story-Informed Trauma Therapy is the toolbox that holds and organizes other trauma tools. EMDR is a valuable tool to help people process their specific trauma experiences: however, EMDR does not provide a treatment plan for the resolution of the dysfunctional learning that follows trauma experiences. SITT provides the entire roadmap for moving people from their presentation for therapy to the resolution of the disruptions in their life. EMDR is often a supplemental tool to aid in that process, but isn’t the answer to the broader struggles left behind by childhood trauma. EMDR, somatic processing or experiencing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and others can all play a role in the recovery process you provide for your client when included in the SITT toolbox. SITT provides the roadmap and structure for the journey, identifying and addressing the issues that trauma leaves behind. SITT is the step by step outline, that guides the trauma recovery process.

How will this help me professionally?

Story-Informed Trauma Therapy is a comprehensive approach to a client’s recovery. Clients are often in therapy for years as they work through the impact of the trauma in their lives. Not only does SITT serve the client best, but it also creates predictability and stability for the therapist. Clients stay long enough to see actual growth and change, which is more satisfying for the client and the therapist. This can help you build your own private practice that leaves you financially secure, professionally rewarded and emotionally satisfied.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

  • To maintain a high standard throughout our conferences and events, AACC has instituted a NO REFUND POLICY effective immediately and enforceable for all AACC events. In certain circumstances, credit for a future conference registration or a store credit may be issued in lieu of a refund. AACC reserves the right to cancel exhibitors, speakers, presenters or registrations on any person and without cause.