Understanding Trauma and Building Resiliency

We Strive to Provide Access for All.

Resolutions Northwest provides interactive and engaging workshops to help you or your organization build capacity in conflict resolution, communication, mediation, facilitation, diversity and equity. You can attend a workshop or we can bring one to you.

The training and resources available are meant for everyone. RNW is a nonprofit organization and, in alignment with the VISION, we have made all our classes accessible to as many people as possible.


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Understanding Trauma and Building Resiliency

August 8 until August 9

Trauma Workshop in Partnership with RNW: Understanding Trauma and Building Resiliency

Trauma is a biological rather than a pathological response, and the body has an innate capacity to heal and restore itself. This workshop will focus on the impact of trauma and how resiliency can be restored using a skills-based approach. Participants will be introduced to the Community Resiliency Model developed by the Trauma Resource Institute and have an opportunity to practice the skills. Learn to take a resilience-oriented approach to Trauma Informed Care, moving beyond information to neuroscience-based ACTION. Gain practical skills to build greater capacity for self-regulation and self-care.

This training is for anyone interested in learning more about trauma-informed care and how to incorporate skills for well being into their personal and/or professional lives – whether for themselves or for those they support.


As a result of attending this workshop you will:

  • Develop a foundation of understanding trauma – causes, types and common responses
  • Recognize the impact of trauma/stress on the nervous system
  • Learn about how memory is affected
  • Become familiar with the key elements in healing trauma
  • Expand on understanding principles of trauma informed care to taking action
  • Learn a set of 6 wellness skills that are accessible and transferable
  • Practice basic skills of the resiliency model for self-care and for working with those impacted by trauma

Registration: The fee for this workshop is $420. We ask each person to pay what you are able. Space is limited. REGISTER

Schedule and Location:

Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 8-9, @ 9am-4pm each day

Resolutions Northwest
2538 NE Broadway, Suite A
Portland, OR 97232

Your Trainer

Mary Zinkin, Ph.D.Mary Zinkin, Ph.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Trauma Support Services (CTSS). CTSS provides Victim-Centered Offender-Sensitive Facilitated Dialogue and Education to fill gaps in current services for crime survivors. She has survived both reported and unreported violent crime and understands deeply the need for resources and support over time to recover from trauma. Mary has developed these trainings to empower those impacted, to understand the “why” and “what” is happening as a result of trauma as well as “how” to respond with skills for well-being. She has offered this training to survivors of crime, PSU students, restorative justice professionals, law enforcement, men in prison, and mental health professionals. Dr. Zinkin is a volunteer with the Department of Corrections Facilitated Dialogue Program and Co-Founder and Faculty of the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University.


August 8
August 9
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Resolutions Northwest – new location
2538 NE Broadway, Suite A (2nd floor)
Portland, OR 97232
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People of any level of experience are welcome. The training will be highly interactive and will challenge each of us to move through challenges and discomfort toward engagement, connection, and action.

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You will have the benefit of making deeper connections with people in the dialogue and raising your awareness of how racism affects us all; whether it is your personal lived experiences or learning from the experiences of other participants and/or facilitators.