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Trauma-Informed Response Training (TIRT)

This NCAICA course is a 24-hour (3 day) course. Topics of instruction will include:

Day 1: Historical Trauma


On the first day, participants will learn about the history of trauma, as well as the prevalence and effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). They will explore attachment styles, abusive environments, and conditioning, as well as high-risk behaviors and vulnerable populations.

Day 2: Traumatic Event


On the second day, participants will focus on the impact of traumatic events. They will learn about brain structures and memory, and how they respond to traumatic events. The course will cover survival, dissociation, cognitive dissonance, and distortions, as well as memory retrieval, contamination, blocking, and repressed memory. Additionally, participants will learn about triggers, anxiety, avoidance, and life structuring, as well as victim's assistance and services.

Day 3: Trauma-Informed Investigative Techniques


On the final day, participants will learn trauma-informed investigative techniques. They will explore successful response to calls, story segmentation (corroboration crash course), trauma recognition, and trauma as evidence. The course will cover FETI and interviewing techniques, including adult and child forensic interviews. Participants will also participate in practical exercises and complete tests and evaluations.

Overall, this course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to incidents involving trauma victims in a trauma-informed manner. Upon completion of the course, participants will be equipped to make a real impact in supporting victims and holding offenders accountable.


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