Our Training Institute offers workshops, conferences and other educational forums on a variety of topics related to loss, bereavement and trauma.
A Wendt Center counselor presented a day-long workshop on working with children on loss/grief issues in school-based groups. The workshop was very informative, lively and full of very useful information. My entire staff came away very impressed with the ideas which were presented…The staff at the Wendt Center offer an invaluable service to the community. Whether in the areas of education, training or in direct services, they are in the forefront of providing much needed services to persons who are experiencing significant losses.”
— Wendt Center Trainee
Training and Education
The Wendt Center Training Institute is a groundbreaking achievement in trauma-informed, community focused mental healthcare. We are building a network of service providers and social leaders equipped to bring hope and healing to the communities in which they work and live. The Wendt Center Training Institute offers trainings and workshops on a variety of topics, to increase the skill, confidence and capacity of mental health professionals and community members as they support persons experiencing grief and loss as well as those impacted by trauma.
Training for Mental Health Professionals
The Wendt Center is the leading expert in providing high-quality mental health services to those impacted by grief, loss and/or trauma. For over four decades, our staff of highly trained and seasoned grief and trauma psychotherapists have brought the Wendt Center’s unique brand of healing services to the Greater Washington Area. Yet, as our staff has grown and our office space has expanded—the demand for our services has only increased. Through the Wendt Center Training Institute, mental health providers can help us meet this growing demand by learning to better serve those experiencing grief/loss and/or trauma.
The Institute trainings offer cutting-edge information, grounded in theory, and infused with practical exercises led by the expert faculty of Wendt Center clinicians.
Here is a full list of trainings we currently offer to licensed mental health professionals:
- Grief and Loss 101
- Grief and loss 201: Complicated Grief
- Neurobiology of Trauma: How Trauma Impacts the Brain and Body
- Grief and Loss in Children and Adolescents
- Working With Kids Who Have Experienced Developmental Trauma
- Supporting Grieving and Traumatized Youth
- Grief Across the Lifespan
- Play Therapy Techniques with Grieving and Traumatized Children
- Introduction to Play Therapy
- Suicide: Grieving Traumatic Loss
- Supporting Families Impacted by Homicide
- Engaging in Therapy in Non-Traditional Settings
- Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
Through an in-person or over-the-phone consultation, the Wendt Center offers licensed mental health providers the one-of-a-kind opportunity to access our unique expertise in grief and trauma. During the hour-long consultation with one of our highly trained clinicians, the Wendt Center will offer feedback and strategies to support you in better working with your client or community. Consultations are $165/hr.
Community Trainings to inform trauma-informed response
When grief or trauma impact communities; first responders, religious and lay leaders, teachers, parents, and caring community members are often the first to provide support. Wendt Center workshops offer a foundation of knowledge on which to build new skills for helping someone in immediate need. So often healing takes a community, and now, communities will have access to the tools and support they need to assist those experiencing grief, loss, and/or trauma.
Here is a full list of trainings we currently offer to community members:
- Supporting Those Who Are Grieving
- Suicide: Supporting Those With Traumatic Loss
- Understanding Trauma and the Impact On Our Community
- Trauma Informed Agencies
Self-Care and Vicarious Trauma
Vicarious trauma occurs when what we see, hear, and experience has a traumatic impact on us and starts to impede our own outlook and functioning. Like a block tower built by a young child, experiences can pile on top of one another until the weight is too much to hold.
Vicarious trauma not only affect therapists and first responders, but also journalists who cover the stories, law enforcement who often arrive first on the scene, medical professionals who treat the victims and communicate with their families, religious leaders offering spiritual support and guidance, teachers who care for impacted children, and others who work in spaces where grief and trauma are rampant.
The Wendt Center offers trainings specifically focused on self-care and vicarious trauma. Only by taking care of ourselves can we be fully present for those who rely on our services. Through awareness, education and intervention, participants gain tools to build their foundation of resilience.
The death of a colleague, a traumatic event at a school, violence in the neighborhood, and the death of a classmate; all can shatter one’s sense of safety and stability. Wendt Center crisis sessions are a valuable tool in restoring normalcy. These 1-2 hour small group sessions provide an opportunity to put words to feelings, explore reactions, and obtain information to aid on the path towards healing.
If you would like to learn more about the trainings we offer, request a specific training for your community or agency, or have questions about the cost of trainings, please contact Melissa Sellevaag, Director of Training and Education, at 202-204-5033 or email@example.com.