Fundamentals of Trauma-informed Care and Recovery Virtual Training (Without CE’s)


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The AACC is pleased to offer a Fundamentals of Trauma-informed Care and Recovery Virtual Training this fall!!

Limited Seating – Get in now!

Where: Online Virtual Training (Zoom)

Date: November 10-11, 2023

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

Cost: AACC Members: $249 | Non-AACC Members: $299

CE’s Not Included

What You Get: 

  • 14 hours of virtual training broken up into two days
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 14 hours of Continuing Education from the AACC


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. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a strong trauma-informed foundation for effective trauma recovery.
  • Identify what qualifies as a traumatic event.
  • Recognize why trauma impacts overall functioning and why clients react to trauma differently.
  • Assess trauma in people’s stories and the impact on daily functioning.
  • Identify how trauma can lead to PTSD which impacts long-term recovery.
  • Outline the ten essential impact areas in trauma recovery.
  • Recognize and address transgenerational and epigenetic trauma.
  • Identify ways people attempt to resolve trauma in unhealthy ways.
  • Develop strategies to help people resolve trauma in healthy ways.
  • 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

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund of the registration fee or transfer to a later class, participants must cancel their registration no later than 30 days (10/11/2023) before the first day of the training. In certain circumstances (determined by AACC staff), cancellations or transfer requests to a later class may be issued after the 30 day (10/11/2023)  window for medical emergencies defined as serious illness, injury or death to you or an immediate family member. Once the training has started, no refunds or transfers will be approved.

Meet Your Trainer

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.