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Become a Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Practitioner

Explore the elements of trauma-informed practice and learn mindfulness techniques specifically designed to manage trauma symptoms.

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Learn from clinical psychologist, Dr Nikki Kiyimba, the creator of the TIM model

Symptoms of PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties can be extremely distressing for sufferers.

On this six-week course, you’ll examine Trauma-informed Mindfulness, a unique approach to managing trauma symptoms, developed by a leading expert in trauma from Bethlehem Tertiary Institute (BTI).

Discover mindfulness techniques to improve your trauma informed practice

Using practices designed to avoid trigger reactions in trauma sufferers, you’ll learn to create a safe environment using short, structured exercises that are suitable for adults, veterans, and young people.

You’ll explore the five dimensions of safety as they relate to the environment, body, relationship, process, and culture.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to adapt your current practices and identify areas for improvement, using key terminology and theory to justify your approach.

Examine the seven characteristics, attitudes, and skills of Trauma-informed Mindfulness

Taking a deep dive into the TIM model framework, you’ll investigate the underpinning theory, combining current concepts of psychological trauma and mindfulness. You’ll then explore techniques to help clients develop self-compassion, patience, and courage to aid their progress.

Having been guided through the model, you’ll be able to clearly demonstrate the framework to clients, allowing them to understand their journey towards better symptom management.

Develop your own self compassion and mindfulness self-care program

Using the skills you’ve developed throughout this course, you’ll plan and create your own mindfulness program that supports clients on a one-to-one level.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand the TIM model and be able to use its framework to aid trauma sufferers manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Core components of Trauma-Informed Mindfulness

    • Introductory video

      Personal introduction and welcome from Trauma-informed Mindfulness creator Dr Nikki Kiyimba

    • Student workbook

      Video explaining the student workbook that goes alongside the videos and PowerPoint presentations. The workbook can be downloaded and printed for you to write your own notes

    • Watch: Overview video of TIM model

      This video gives a brief overview of the three components of the TIM model

    • Learn about TIM: Psychological Trauma Knowledge (a)

      The first component of the Trauma-informed Mindfulness Characteristics is 'Psychological Trauma Knowledge'. This video is the first of two parts, introducing the autonomic nervous system, and how the brain responds to trauma

    • Learn about TIM: Psychological Trauma Knowledge (b)

      The first component of the Trauma-informed Mindfulness Characteristics is 'Psychological Trauma Knowledge'. This video is the second of two parts, looking at symptom clusters.

    • Learn about TIM: Mindfulness Knowledge

      A very brief history of mindfulness and how that's now been incorporated into what we call third wave psychological therapies.

    • Learn about TIM: Personal Practice of Mindfulness

      This video is about the third aspect of Trauma Informed Mindfulness characteristics, which is a personal practice of mindfulness and self-compassion.

  • Week 2

    Characteristics of Trauma-Informed Mindfulness (Part 2)

    • Student Workbook Week 2

      Student Workbook Week 2

    • Learn about TIM: Prioritisation of Client Safety and Choice

      In this activity we learn about the fourth characteristic of TIM - prioritisation of client safety and choice.

    • Learn about TIM: Avoidance of Harm

      In this activity we learn about the fifth characteristic of TIM - avoidance of harm.

    • Learn about TIM: Work with Titration

      In this activity we learn about the sixth characteristic of TIM - work with titration.

    • Learn about TIM: Dynamic Stabilisation and Integration

      In this activity we learn about the seventh and final characteristic of TIM - dynamic stabilisation and integration.

    • Reflection on the Characteristics of TIM

      In this activity we reflect on what we have learnt about the TIM model and the seven characteristics.

  • Week 3

    Seven attitudes of Trauma-Informed Mindfulness (Part 1)

    • Student Workbook Week 3

      Begin learning the first five of seven TIM Attitudes

    • What are the attitudes that a TIM practitioner needs?

      In this activity we introduce the seven attitudes that trauma informed mindfulness requires.

    • Understanding TIM Attitudes: Being present & Having Hope

      In this activity we learn about the first and second attitudes required for trauma informed mindfulness - being present and having hope.

    • Understanding TIM Attitudes: Self-compassion, Having Patience & Being Honest

      In this activity we learn about the third, fourth and fifth attitudes required for trauma informed mindfulness - self-compassion, having patience and being honest.

  • Week 4

    Seven attitudes of Trauma-Informed Mindfulness (Part 2)

    • Student Workbook Week 4

      Finishing the last two attitudes of TIM and the first two of seven Skills of TIM.

    • Understanding TIM Attitudes: Being courageous & Accepting what is

      In this activity we learn about the sixth and seventh attitudes required for trauma informed mindfulness - being courageous and accepting what is.

    • Reflection on the seven attitudes of TIM

      In this activity we review and reflect on the seven attitudes required for trauma informed mindfulness.

    • What are the skills that I need to practice TIM?

      In this activity we introduce the seven skills needed to practice TIM.

    • Skills of TIM: Curiosity & Observation

      In this activity we learn about the first two skills that trauma informed mindfulness requires - curiosity and observation.

    • Review of the skills and attitudes of Trauma-Informed Mindfulness

      In this activity we review what we have learned in the last two weeks about the skills and attitudes within the TIM model.

  • Week 5

    Trauma-Informed Mindfulness skills

    • Student Workbook Week 5

      Covers the last five of seven TIM Skills.

    • Skills of TIM: Factual description, Non Judgement & Non-Resistance

      In this activity we learn about the third, fourth and fifth skills that trauma informed mindfulness requires - describing in a factual way, non-judgement and non-resistance.

    • Skills of TIM: Turning towards & Letting go and Setting Intentions for Mindfulness Practice

      In this activity we learn about the sixth and seventh skills that trauma informed mindfulness requires - turning towards and letting go.

    • Reflection on TIM Skills

      In this activity we reflect on the TIM skills covered in the last two weeks.

  • Week 6

    Putting it all together

    • Student Workbook Week 6

      Student Workbook Week 6

    • Putting it all together

      In this activity we review all that we have learnt about TIM components, characteristics, attitudes and skills. These can be put together into a framework for how to practice trauma informed mindfulness.

    • Measuring success

      In this activity we discuss how to measure success as well as titrating up or down.

    • Case examples and practice

      In this activity we practice TIM together.

    • Printable Resources

      These are printable templates to make the cards for the exercises.

    • Review and feedback

      In this activity we review what we have learned about Trauma-Informed Mindfulness and put it all together into a final quiz.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the characteristics of psychological trauma and how they affect both the mind and body
  • Explore the key characteristics of the Trauma Informed Mindfulness (TIM) model and how these are used in a personal or professional context
  • Interpret different TIM attitudes and skills and apply these to different scenarios
  • Develop key skills that lead to greater awareness and mindfulness in yourself and others
  • Critically reflect on how you evaluate, understand and interpret situations and events
  • Demonstrate and apply key TIM attitudes and skills to a personal or professional context

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for health and social care practitioners including nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, counsellors, and psychologists who work with people who have experienced trauma.

It will also be beneficial for teachers, childcare workers, youth workers, and pastoral workers who work with people suffering from trauma. Physiotherapists and yoga instructors who engage in body work with clients who have trauma symptoms may also benefit from this course.

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To take part in this course you just need an internet connection and a device to watch the course videos on and to either view online or download additional resources and materials.

Who developed the course?

Bethlehem Tertiary Institute

Bethlehem Tertiary Institute/Te Whare Tauira o Peterehema is a private tertiary institute based in Tauranga, Aotearoa New Zealand, with professionally recognised degree and certificate programmes in Teacher Education, Social Work, Counselling, Postgraduate Leadership and Practice, and Responding to Trauma.

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