Trauma 101 Session 2

Thursday, January 27, 2022
2:50 PM - 4:05 PM


Trauma 101 Session 2 is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


To attend the webinar, log-in at This is a Zoom session.


Meeting ID: 872 4872 6270


Passcode: 629487


The webinar starts at 2:50 p.m. and we kindly request participants to enter the webinar at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 2:55 p.m. Late arrival and/or early exit from the workshop invalidates receiving credit.


With an increasing number of students entering college with traumatic experiences and considering the traumas some may encounter while in college, it is important that instructors understand how to respond. Additionally, this session is particularly timely because of the various traumas students may have encountered as a result of the coronavirus.

With the goal of creating a more trauma informed and responsive campus, experts from University Health Services will briefly review the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma. Time will be spent further exploring factors that inhibit open discussion about trauma and exploring cultural paradigms that prevent open discussion about difficult topics. Concrete guidance for language to use and ways to engage with students in a supportive manner will be offered. Methods of coping for the individual will be shared.


This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Mental Health and Well-being Competency.


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Participants must attend a workshop in its entirety to receive credit for the workshop in their training records. Late arrival and/or early exit from a workshop invalidates receiving credit. If technology issues require rescheduling of a workshop, participants must attend the workshop at the rescheduled time to receive credit. These policies apply to all CTE workshops/events, including workshops that qualify as requirements/electives for a certificate of completion.


Shannon Nix
Associate Director
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP)
Student Health Services

Shannon Nix is the Associate Director of Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP) within Student Health Services. She is a campus interpersonal violence advocate and prevention professional. Nix is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina with over thirteen years of experience in the field of mental health. She has a strong passion for awareness, education, and prevention of survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner abuse, and stalking.

Sarah Wright
Counseling & Psychiatry
Student Health Services

Sarah Wright is a licensed psychologist and certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor in South Carolina. As a psychologist, her goal is to help people live more fulfilling lives in sync with their personal goals and values. Whether this is working on issues of sexuality, providing a safe space to talk things through, or providing more specific guidance in problem areas, her main focus is helping people find or establish what they need for the best reality possible. Wright is also a psychology instructor at the University of South Carolina. She is also the author of 'Redefining Trauma: Understanding and Coping with a Cortisoaked Brain'. This accessible guide explores how our brains react to stress and offers a fresh perspective on how we define "trauma." Probing how the words we use can influence our understanding of distress, this text focuses on expanding awareness of excess stress and reducing judgment of its potential impact on relationships and day-to-day life.