A Trauma-Informed Approach for Moving Beyond Competence to Intelligence

A Trauma-Informed Approach for Moving Beyond Competence to Intelligence

Minnesota Children’s Alliance (the Alliance) is excited to host A Trauma-Informed Approach for Moving Beyond Competence to Intelligence with Brandon Jones, MFT, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – noon, via Zoom HealthCare.

Training Overview

This training will provide participants a learning opportunity to move forward with the understandings of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work. Many have had learning opportunities in “Cultural Competence.” However, there continue to be concerns and issues about finding better ways to connect with and support the children and adolescents we work with. This training will inform participants on how Trauma-Informed practices, toxic stress, cultural dynamics, and maintaining our wellbeing can be a practical approach to cultural competence. The participant will learn what Cultural Intelligence is and how we can apply it to the work we do.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will develop an understanding of trauma-informed strategies and approaches that can improve their ability to connect and serve students with different backgrounds.
  2. Participants will develop an understanding of their experience and how to make personal adjustments and adaptability.
  3. Participants will discuss what institutional strategies should be promoted for lower burnout rates, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress.
  4. Participants will understand the importance of incorporating sustainability techniques to maintain a high level of engagement and maintain productivity.


Brandon is a Director of Learning at Alia Innovations. He specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational Trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He lives by the motto of “Live life with Purpose on Purpose”.

Registration and Minnesota Continuing Education Credits

POST and Social Work credits will be available.

Registration: $10.00

We are excited to bring this training to you at a low cost. The Alliance believes trauma-informed, anti-racist, and culturally responsive services are essential to helping children heal. We continue to offer the highest quality training, with nationally renowned speakers, virtually.