Trauma-Informed People Helping: Understanding How Stress & Trauma Exposure Impact Human Behavior

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.


JUST $30

November 9th • 6:00 PM EST.


Trauma-Informed People Helping: Understanding How Stress and Trauma Exposure Impact Human Behavior 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 • 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET    

Webinar Presenter  

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., is a professional counselor, life coach, crisis response trainer, author and speaker. She speaks extensively and provides training, counseling and coaching in the field of grief, crisis and trauma through the Institute for Compassionate Care. Jennifer is an approved instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, teaching several CISM courses. In addition, she serves on the Executive Board and as Director of the Grief, Crisis and Disaster Network of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Clinical Director for the Crisis Response Team of the United States Concealed Carry Association. Jennifer is the co-author of The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders and Spiritual and Psychological First Aid, and Understanding Suicide: Effective Tools for Prevention, Intervention and Survivor Support. 


Trauma is a widely discussed topic in mental health and is linked to many other issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. It is critical for mental health professionals to have an understanding of the human response to trauma. It is also important for a wide-range of helping professionals from family physicians and pastors to teachers and first responders to be trauma informed. This webinar will review the neurobiology of the human stress response and how critical events can lead to the development of trauma disorders in some individuals. It will also address treatment recommendations and building resilience for individuals who develop trauma and stress-related disorders. 

Learning Objectives 

Participants will: 

  1. Discuss the neurobiology of the human stress response and the factors that create a trauma response for humans. 
  2. Review a normal stress response and the criteria for Acute Stress Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD. 
  3. Examine those most at risk for PTSD and Complex PTSD. 
  4. Identify best practices for intervention and social and spiritual support for those who have experienced traumatic events. 

Continuing Education 

2.0 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LCSW, and IBCC Credential Holders 

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers, and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for 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 Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit