Training Resources

Resiliency building for school educators and staff

  • Total timeframe: 14 hours + ongoing 1 hour meetings

  • Goals: Increases school-wide awareness of trauma and its signs/symptoms; builds participants’ ability to identify the effects of trauma; builds skill in creating safe and healing classroom environments that build resilience; and fosters understanding about how to refer children for additional services.

  • Maximum Participants: 35


Resiliency Building for Out-of-School Time Staff

  • Total timeframe: Two 1.5 hour sessions

  • Goals: Train out-of-school-time providers, child-serving organizations, and others in the community who want to build a trauma-informed workplace or client experience.

  • Maximum Participants: 50

Bounce 101: Intro to ACEs and Trauma-Informed Practices

90 minutes


People face many stressors that can have a life-long impact on their ability to thrive. Yet it is possible to foster resilience, equipping people with the tools to effectively respond to adversity and bounce back. This interactive workshop supports this goal by increasing understanding of the lifelong impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and building individual and organizational skill to nurture resilience.  You will complete practical exercises designed to encourage trauma-informed approaches to serving your clients. The following topics are covered:

  • The original ACEs study and research on child adversity and resilience

  • How ACEs impact brain development

  • The signs of trauma and impact on lifelong health

  • How trauma-informed and resilience-building practices help heal ACEs

  • Secondary trauma and the importance of self-care

Bounce 102: Building Trauma-Informed People

90 minutes


This interactive follow-up session to Bounce 101 takes participants deeper into practical strategies that help build  resilience in individuals and organizations. The learning outcomes include:

  • Articulate the resilient behaviors your organization needs to thrive

  • Discuss barriers to building resilience

  • Discuss ways to overcome barriers to building resilience

  • Write ways your organization can build a culture of resilience

Scenarios are developed with organizations in advance to stimulate discussion about how trauma-informed approaches can be used in situations relevant to participants.

Professional Development/Staff Meeting Modules

60-90 minutes


Building a trauma-informed, healing centered organization requires focused attention and on-going support. Bounce has developed a series of professional development training modules that encourage practical skill-building in each topic area, continued support of staff, prevention of burnout, sharing of best practices, and reinforcement of trauma-informed principles. Modules include:

  • Self-Care: More Than Deep Breathing, Essential Oils, and Chocolate

  • Resiliency Building and Strategy Practice

  • Effective Problem-Solving Team Meetings

  • De-escalation Strategies

  • Mindfulness Made Simple

Building on Your Child's Strengths: What Parents Can Do

60-90 minutes


Too often, parents focus on the problems and challenges their children face. This interactive workshop is designed to help parents and caregivers identify the strengths their child possesses and to build on those assets to help them grow up successfully. The training uses the age-specific developmental assets from the Search Institute and incorporates "homework" to encourage parents to put the learning into action.

Parents and Teachers: Partnering to Help Your Child Succeed

60-90 minutes


This interactive workshop helps parents and caregivers understand the critical role they play in their child’s education. It includes practical ways to actively partner with teachers to help children flourish, including making the most of parent/teacher conferences.

Bounce University: Train the Trainer Program

Two 8-hour days plus time for co-training & certification

Up to 16 participants

To support more organizations in becoming trauma-informed and to sustain practices that help their clients and employees to thrive, the Bounce Coalition has developed Bounce University, a two-day "train the trainer" program that enables participants to teach the Bounce curriculum. Participants learn to present Bounce’s evidence-based, interactive learning modules, foundational to building trauma-informed individuals, systems, and communities. The following topics are covered:

  • The seminal Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and research on child adversity and resilience

  • How ACEs impact brain development

  • The signs of trauma and impact on lifelong health

  • How trauma-informed and resilience-building practices help heal ACEs

  • The importance of self-care

  • Resilient behaviors to help people thrive and barriers to building resilience

  • Practical actions to build a culture of resilience


Upon completion of 16 hours of Bounce University training, participants are asked to demonstrate the acquisition of the knowledge and skills required to become a Certified Bounce Trainer by: 1) completing an objective assessment that measures understanding of the key learning objectives (with immediate feedback on  performance); and 2) presenting portions of the Bounce content to the training team and classmates in a simulated training environment to ensure content is delivered with a high degree of fidelity and competence.

Following the two-day Bounce University, participants co-train at least once with an experienced Bounce trainer to demonstrate mastery and to achieve "Certified" Bounce Trainer status.

The Bounce Coalition is a project of Kentucky Youth Advocates,

Kentucky's independent voice for kids.

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