TLC Trauma & Loss

These trainings are conducted by certified trainers from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC)Training curriculum is built on the evidence-based practice, the SITCAP.


Trauma Informed Resilient Schools
July 29, 2019 – Columbus, Ohio

8:30AM, Check-in; 9:00AM-4:00PM, Training Day (one hour lunch break)

Trauma Informed Resilient Schools teaches school professionals how to create trauma informed schools and classrooms. The training focuses on resilience, exploring the core values and beliefs of educators and places an emphasis on understanding how trauma impacts children and their school experience. Lastly, proactive strategies such as fostering connections, prioritizing social and emotional skills, establishing safety and promoting play are presented. This course provides detailed information and concrete actions that answer not just the “why” but also the “how” to create the best classroom and school supports for traumatized students and the school professionals who serve them.  This course requires no prerequisites.  Course hosted by Ohio Children’s Alliance includes 6 CEUs, Trauma Informed Resilient Schools Guidebook.


Healing Trauma and Restoring Resilience in Schools
July 30, 2019 – Columbus, Ohio

8:30AM, Check-in; 9:00AM-4:00PM, Training Day (one hour lunch break)

This course takes participants deeper into the brain science of trauma and toxic stress. The polyvagal theory, epigenetics and the science of resilience is explored.  The content emphasizes the importance of hope when working with at risk students. Participants learn about the SITCAP model (Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents, and Parents) and practice sensory based interventions from a variety of SITCAP model programs including Healing the Experience of Trauma: A Path to Resilience specific for schools.  Experiential activities showcase how to process trauma, nurture, and restore resilience in students of all ages. This in-person course, taken through Ohio Children’s Alliance, requires only Trauma Informed Resilient Schools as prerequisite, includes 6 CEUs, and Healing Trauma and Restoring Resilience in Schools Guidebook.


Children of Trauma and Resilience
July 31, 2019 – Columbus, Ohio

8:30AM, Check-in; 9:00AM-4:00PM, Training Day (one hour lunch break)

Children of Trauma and Resilience introduces participants to a trauma informed and resilience focused mindset and teaches participants about toxic stress and trauma, how to help process those experiences and how to foster and nurture characteristics of resilience. This course begins with a strong focus on resilience and includes an exploration of how core values and beliefs direct the way professionals work with children. The four universal needs of all human beings as explained by the Circle of Courage model including belonging, mastery, independence and generosity are explained and discussed. Participants learn about the experience of trauma as one that impacts a person’s body and shown a demonstration of trauma’s impact on the brain. Participants learn the importance of sensory-based interventions and how to assess a child’s private logic and universal needs. Finally, participants practice the development of trauma informed and resilience focused support plans for youth. This course requires no prerequisites.  Course hosted by Ohio Children’s Alliance includes 6 CEUs, Children of Trauma and Resilience Guidebook.

NOTE: If you have taken Children of Trauma prior to January of 2019, this training will have significant overlap with the exception of an introduction to the Circle of Courage. This training also includes some content from Courageous Connections and Courageous Classrooms.


Structured Sensory Interventions II
August 13, 2019 – Columbus, Ohio

8:30AM, Check-in; 9:00AM-4:00PM, Training Day (one hour lunch break)

This course takes participants deeper into the brain science of trauma and toxic stress. The polyvagal theory, epigenetics and the science of resilience is explored. The content emphasizes the importance of hope when working with at risk and traumatized youth. Participants learn about the SITCAP model (Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents) and practice sensory based interventions from a variety of SITCAP model programs including Healing the Experience of Trauma: A Path to Resilience. Experiential activities and the presentation of case examples showcase how to process trauma, nurture and restore resilience in youth of all ages. This course requires prerequisite of either Children of Trauma or Children of Trauma and Resilience.  Course hosted by Ohio Children’s Alliance includes 6 CEUs, Structured Sensory Interventions II Guidebook.

Note: The course is updated and combines content from ALL previous Structured Sensory Interventions and Healing the Experience of Trauma trainings. This training is for clinical practitioners.


Healing the Trauma of Addiction
August 14, 2019 – Columbus, Ohio

8:30AM, Check-in; 9:00AM-4:00PM, Training Day (one hour lunch break)

This course will present “Healing the Experience of Addiction” which was developed for practitioners to use with adolescents and adults who are struggling with substance abuse. Instead of asking what happened, it focuses on how to help these individuals regulate their emotions to sustain recovery. Learn the process of moving traumatized and addicted individuals between themes of trauma and feelings of connection, resilience and strength. Structured sessions integrate mind-body skills and expressive art activities that provide the individual with a platform to be an active participant in their healing. This course requires no prerequisites.  Course hosted by Ohio Children’s Alliance includes 6 CEUs, Healing the Trauma of Addiction Guidebook.


Meet your TLC Trainers

Gabriela Mueller, LLMSW, Behavioral Health Clinician

Gabriela provides trauma-informed and resilient-focused assessment and intervention to children and adolescents. She uses play, art, sensory interventions, and mind-body practices. Gabriela began at Starr Commonwealth working as a Resilience Coach at a Southeast Michigan elementary school. She has experience working with survivors of domestic violence, supervised parenting programs, at-risk and adjudicated youth, and people with chronic illnesses. Gabriela sees the greatness in all clients, viewing them with compassion and curiosity. She is passionate about creating positive experiences for children, families, and communities in which they can heal and flourish.

Gabriela will be the trainer for Trauma Informed Resilient Schools, Healing Trauma and Restoring Resilience in Schools, and the updated Children of Trauma and Resilience.


Becca Gerlach, LMSW, CAADC, CTP-T

Becca received her MSW from Wayne State University and is currently working toward her PhD in Clinical Social Work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Becca is a Certified Trauma Practitioner, a foundational level Theraplay therapist, and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Becca uses play and art and draws from psychodynamic principles to treat and assess children, adolescents, and adults. Becca believes each child and parent should be treated with curiosity, compassion, and individual attention.  Becca’s specialty areas include: childhood trauma, at-risk and adjudicated youth, anxiety, depression, addictions and adult survivors of childhood trauma.

Becca will be the trainer for Structured Sensory Interventions II and Healing the Trauma of Addiction.


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