Allegheny Partners of Out-of-School Time (APOST)ELIE Circle, and the Homewood Children’s Village are partnering to facilitate a professional learning community for youth workers specifically focusing on helper’s trauma with sponsorship from Remake Learning.  In this context, helper’s trauma is the trauma they experience as a result of working with young people with trauma.

Desired Applicants

This Helper’s Trauma Professional Learning Community is for anyone that works with young people including full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff in schools (i.e., teachers, social workers, nurses, paraprofessionals, security) and staff in community education spaces (i.e., before school, after school, summer, weekend, and mentoring programs, libraries, etc.).  All trauma knowledge levels are welcome.  Only 12 participants will be accepted in this cohort.  Each applicant must be able to commit to all 4 sessions and reflection between sessions.  Participants will receive $100 for full participation in the program.

The two goals for this community are to aid youth workers on practicing self-care in a trauma-informed manner in order for them to be fully present with their young people; to assist partners with refining Helper’s Trauma Professional Learning Community and tool.

Application Information

Apply using the following link:  January 30, 2020 is the last day for applications to be submitted and received for full consideration.

The application is in three parts:

1) Personal Information

2) Organization and Program Information

3) Preassessment

If you have any questions about the application please contact Debralyn Woodberry-Shaw at

Program Dates

The Helper’s Trauma Professional Learning Community will take place in the Homewood community (location TBA).  The tentative time is 10:30a-12:30p and the tentative dates are:

Session 1: February 13th

Session 2: February 20th

Session 3: February 27th

Follow Up Session: April 2nd