Training – Introduction to Trauma Coerced Attachment (Trauma Bonding)


Monday, May 4, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Online via Zoom

A Zoom meeting ID will be provided upon registration


The purpose of the course is to introduce clinicians and other direct behavioral health professionals to the dynamics of trauma bonding. The signs and symptoms as well as how trauma bonding occurs will be discussed and practical strategies for addressing trauma bonding will be introduced. Participants will gain and understanding of how trauma bonding is present in domestic violence, relationship violence, human trafficking, and other situations involving fear, coercion, and trauma.

Learning Objectives:

Identify trauma bonding and understand the risk factors of development.
Identify in what scenarios trauma attachments are most prevalent and why.
Describe the complex bonds formed in the presence of coercion, fear, trauma, and the cycle of abuse and the resulting challenges for escaping the dynamic.
Identify the methods that abusers and traffickers utilize to control others
Identify strategies that you, as health professionals (or first responders) can utilize to engage with people experiencing trauma attachments for the purposes of identification, screening, assessment, and treatment.

Content Level: Beginner

Who should attend: This workshop is appropriate for all social workers, clinicians and other behavioral health providers in direct service, supervisory and leadership roles within their relative field of practice.

Course interaction & system requirements

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

Recommended systems for connection:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

Course Outline:

  • 8:00am Log-in/Registration
  • 8:15am Trauma bonding: Understanding the risk factors of development and prevalence of trauma attachment.
  • 9:15am Analyzing complex trauma bonds, the cycle of abuse, the role of sex in trauma coercion and the challenges for escaping the dynamic.
  • 10:15am Break
  • 10:30am Methods abusers/traffickers utilize in controlling others and the role of biases in contributing to the challenges of identification/treatment.
  • 11:30am Identification, screening & assessment strategies for use with people experiencing trauma attachments.
  • 12:30pm End of course

Course Completion & Continuing Education

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

Complex Systems Innovations, #1738, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Complex Systems Innovations maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/13/2020 – 03/13/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 continuing education credits.

Accommodations, Requests, & Complaints/Grievances

Please send special requests or accommodations by email to

To file a complaint or grievance, please contact our office directly at 727.858.3335. A copy of Complex Systems Innovations’ grievance policy is readily available upon request and will give participants step-by-step instructions for filing a grievance.

About the Instructor:

Jon Hester, LCSW, is CEO of Trifecta Health, a private psychotherapy practice located in Dacula, Georgia. Jon has over 15 years of experience in behavioral health practice, consulting, and training.