Trauma-informed Care: Become a Trainer

Applications are closed for the fall session. Another course will be offered in spring 2023.

After completing this training, participants will be equipped to teach the foundations and applications of trauma-informed care to others at OHSU, our partners and the OHSU Health IDS Network.

  • This is a one-year commitment through December 2023.
  • Training the trainers consisted of 40 hours of modules in November 2022 (see training dates).
  • Trainers will then teach at least two trauma-informed care cohorts, for a total of 48 hours in 2023.

Trauma-informed care (TIC) is a body of research that informs best practices in working with people who have experienced trauma that may affect their daily lives and their ability to engage in health care.

It is also an organizational framework of culture change that realizes the impact of trauma and how it can affect staff, recognizes the signs of trauma, initiates a system that can respond to trauma, and resists re-traumatization.

Training of trainers

Participants in this curriculum will be prepared to deliver the Foundations of Trauma Informed Care training.

The curriculum includes:

  • Opportunities to make the training relevant to you and your industry.
  • Notes from the field, including how and when to modify the training.
  • Adult learning and facilitation best practices.
  • Opportunities to practice delivering a portion of the training in-person and virtually, and receive and provide feedback to other members of the cohort.

The 40-hour experience will be taught in four- and eight-hour increments over the course of several weeks.

Participants will be a part of a cohort model of learning. They will become part of the future sustainability for trauma-informed care education within the OHSU Health system and the OHSU Health IDS network.

The effort to develop trainers within our health system is a collaboration among:

  • Trauma Informed Oregon
  • OHSU Health IDS
  • OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • OHSU Office of Primary Care and Population Health
  • OHSU Occupational Health’s Trauma-informed Care Program

For applicants

  • Enhance your trauma-informed knowledge and share your knowledge across the OHSU Health system and OHSU Health IDS network in support of our mission.
  • Meet a cohort of diverse individuals across the OHSU system and OHSU Health IDS network who are passionate about trauma-informed care.
  • Grow in your responsibilities and build your resume.
  • Diversify your existing role.
  • Reignite your compassion.

Anyone employed at OHSU or a clinic or hospital participating in the OHSU Health IDS Network is eligible to participate as a trainer.

Volunteers can be either clinical or nonclinical in their roles. Our goal, when possible, is to pair a clinician with a nonclinician to create teams to present the training.

There is no fee for the individual. Supervisors should be aware of the commitment of staff time.

This is a volunteer role.

OHSU-employed trainers may use approved nonproductive hours at their current rate of pay, as long as they do not accrue overtime.

Applicants employed with other organizations should check with their supervisors or Human Resources contact.

Yes, your supervisor will need to approve your time for both your training and teaching sessions.

This is a minimum commitment of one year.

For OHSU employees, time spent learning to be a trainer and conducting sessions to teach others will be taken out of their unit’s nonproductive hours. Therefore, you must get permission from your supervisor before applying.

The training of trainers course is 40 hours across several weeks in 2022.

Following this training, the 2023 commitment includes:

  • One-hour monthly program updates and support.
  • Training of two full cohorts across the OHSU Health system and OHSU Health IDS network. Each full cohort includes 18 hours of time:
    • Six, two-hour modules.
    • An additional 30 minutes before and after each module for set up/close, about three hours per module of trainer time.

This is a total commitment of 48 hours in 2023.

Scheduling of the modules will vary depending on the availability of the participants and may occur over the course of a few days or a few weeks.

Key dates: 2022


  • Nov. 1, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (in person)
  • Nov. 29, 10 a.m. - noon, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. (virtual)

Cohort 1:

  • Nov. 8-10, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day (in person)
  • Nov. 30, 10 a.m. - noon, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. (virtual)

Cohort 2:

  • Nov. 15-17, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day (in person)
  • Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - noon, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. (virtual)

Ideally, applicants should have some familiarity with trauma-informed care principles or modules. However, this course will cover foundational information, so previous knowledge is not a requirement to apply.

Candidates should:

  • Be passionate about trauma-informed care.
  • Be comfortable teaching individuals of clinical and nonclinical backgrounds in a virtual and in-person setting. You may be instructing groups of 50-100 individuals at a time.
  • Have approval and consent from your managing supervisor.
  • Have a desire and willingness to facilitate trauma-informed care modules for staff throughout 2023.

New trainers will begin offering trauma-informed care sessions to OHSU members in January 2023. Multiple cohorts will run throughout the year.

Trainers will work in pairs. When possible, we will pair a clinical trainer with a nonclinical trainer to represent a broad understanding of roles and situations. We encourage co-facilitators to meet outside of training to get better acquainted. Trainers will sign up through Compass for the cohort schedule that works best for them.

All content and materials will be provided to trainers. The Trauma-informed Care Learning Collaborative will continue to support trainers as they begin working with cohorts. This team will also audit the effectiveness of the training, provide content updates and continuing education.

The participants in the 2023 cohorts will include inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory providers and staff of OHSU Health and independent clinics in the OHSU Health IDS provider network.

For supervisors

For OHSU-employed trainers, time spent being trained and conducting the training will be taken out of their unit’s nonproductive hours. However, departments will be compensated with a predetermined financial disbursement back to the department.

Applicants employed with other organizations should check with their supervisor or Human Resources contact.

The training of trainers course is 40 hours across several weeks in 2022.

Following this training, the 2023 commitment is 48 hours.

When a trainer is accepted to the program, you will receive an email confirming your approval.

Yes. It is up to your department’s discretion regarding usage of nonproductive hours.

If you have any other questions, please contact the OHSU Trauma-informed Care Learning Collaborative.