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This lab will provide participants with hands-on approaches to use to help clients work through a variety of trauma issues.

Course Overview

Our world is hazardous, and kids are often caught in the crossfire. Whether the crisis is from child abuse, entry into foster care, a community shooting, a parent’s death or incarceration, this lab will provide hands-on approaches that participants can use to help clients work through traumatic issues.


Trauma Lab is designed to help you develop Learning Bridges—hands-on practical approaches that can be used in clinical and non-clinical settings to help children and youth to process their trauma without the use of a lot of words.  For example, hand them a pencil and ask them to break it. The client maybe able to relate their trauma experiences to the very real, tangible broken pencil. At that point they may be better able to process the effects of trauma in their life.  End that same session with a broken pencil by having them write or draw something and help them see that trauma does not ruin everything.


This intermediate level training is appropriate for counselors, social workers, psychologists, other helping professionals, and foster caregivers working with children and youth who have experienced life-altering traumatic events. Participants will acquire helpful tools to better support the healing journey for those who have been traumatized.

"Amazing training! Was very helpful guiding someone through their trauma and how you can be effective with helping through process. I would 100% recommend this training. Very engaging and easy to follow. Great experience and can't wait for the next training."

Kaleigh W. 

Participants will be able to: 

Identify practical strategies for guiding children and youth through their trauma issues.

Develop skills to work through quiet and/or resistant youth.

Explore how to move beyond dialogue by using active learning techniques with traumatized children and youth.

"Very inclusive and personable. Lots of  practical, helpful takeaways. Enlightening. Great breakout sessions. I am  currently retired but can use the information now with a target family member. May get back into the work force. The presenter was so engaging I never got bored...Amazing presenter. Will share site with others and use in the future."

Tresea H.


Jim Still Pepper, MA, LSW

Jim is the Director of Community Based Clinical Services at Allwell Behavioral Health Services Inc., a community mental health center where he has worked for over 3 decades striving to get clinical services out of the centers, and into the community.


Jim is the founder of Still Light Seminars LLC, a motivational training and consulting company; he has trained nationally and internationally focusing on the mental health, and care of, children and adolescents.


He is also an adjunct instructor in Ashland University’s Founders School of Continuing Education. He develops online courses around behavioral interventions and understanding the mental health of students.


Jim has also authored or co-authored 7 books and has written almost 100 articles. On a side note, he has had numerous poems published, and his artwork and photography have appeared in galleries, magazines, and on greeting cards. 

Succulent Plant and Binder Clips

"Very imaginative tools made with easy to find items. Everything I can learn about trauma and how to deal with it is helpful. Lana always does a professional and very competent job. I really appreciate people who are organized and able to get the job done well! Trainer was knowledgeable, imaginative, and thoroughly likeable. I will look for other courses given by him. The activities made me really think about how I could use them effectively with different age, gender and depth of trauma foster children."

Linda R.

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