What do we mean when we use the term “trauma-informed”?

Trauma and the PTSD diagnosis are used to distinguish mental health concerns that stem from adverse life experiences from those that are considered a biomedical disorder. However, current research suggests that trauma may play a bigger role in mental health than previously known. In addition, the term “trauma” may not fully capture the diverse range of life experiences that can result in extreme mental and emotional states.

This class will provide a diverse overview of trauma alongside actual practices that survivors have found helpful in their own healing processes. The class will also serve as an exploration into current research as it pertains to rates of adversity and trauma in people diagnosed with mental illnesses (especially those considered “serious mental illnesses”) and substance-use; findings within the neurological and psychological research on the cognitive and neurocognitive effects of trauma; and concrete guidance around how mental health professionals can practice better trauma-informed care.


  • Deepen your understanding of trauma and learn practical ways to use trauma-responsive tools to support the people you are here to serve.

  • Understand which types of trauma are legitimized and which are “hidden” and unrecognized in society

  • Become familiar with the ways psychological distress arises as an adaptive reaction to trauma, as can be seen by documented rates across diagnostic categories (including the “serious mental illnesses”)

  • Learn about peer-led services that can empower and heal trauma survivors

  • Develop non-invasive trauma-informed skills and interventions to bring into your therapeutic practice to provide more holistic support

  • Discover post-traumatic growth models and the ways in which healing from trauma is related to personal expansion

Your Instructor

Noël Hunter, Psy.D
Noël Hunter, Psy.D

Noel Hunter, Psy.D is a clinical psychologist, specializing in a psychosocial approach to emotional distress. Her work focuses on the link between trauma and altered states, human rights, and alternative approaches to healing. She is the author of Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services (Palgrave, 2018), and is a passionate advocate for alternatives to the current mainstream biomedical approach to human suffering. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook. http://www.noelrhunter.com/

"Noel was a fantastic instructor - incredibly honest, rounded perspectives on our institutions, psychiatry and peer support! Her presentation was very personable and relatable yet grounded in research and broad trends in the field."

- Trauma, Growth & Resilience Participant, 2018

Course Curriculum

  1. Defining Trauma
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  4. Helpful & Harmful Aspects of Treatment Interventions
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  5. Peer Support & Healing
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  Additional Resources
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90+ minutes of video content

Exclusive readings and resources

Access to the IDHA Learning Community Facebook Group

Discussion with community members inside the course

"Noel is amazing! Very engaging, comfortable and I loved listening to her describe trauma, how vast the term trauma is, and what helps."

- Trauma, Growth & Resilience Participant, 2018

Mental health and physical health professionals, including: clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, peer specialists, recovery support specialists, housing specialists, nurse practitioners, wellness support workers, coaches, holistic practitioners



Family members and advocates

Anyone who works or plans to work with people experiencing mental health-related challenges

Those who are unfamiliar with trauma-Informed practices

Those who are experienced in trauma-informed care but want to go deeper and learn practical trauma-responsive tools to support people.



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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course, content, or platform?
We love hearing your feedback on what we can do to improve our efforts to bring transformative mental health to the public! Shoot us an email at [email protected] and let us know your thoughts. If you disagree with any of the perspectives shown in this course - that's great! We encourage differing perspectives, so feel free to leave a comment in the course - so long as your comments remain respectful and you speak from your own point of view.
I am a person struggling with mental health issues/a family member of someone who is struggling. Can I take the course?
Absolutely! Just note that this course is geared towards professionals in the field, and will speak mostly to those working in a formal support role. However, we welcome anyone who wants to join!
Are refunds available?
At this time, all sales are final, we cannot offer refunds after purchase.