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Introduction to Trauma

1. Although trauma is unique to each individual, the most violent events will generally have the deepest impact.

A. True

B. False


What Impact Does Trauma Have?

2. One study that looked at adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) found that people with high ACE scores are much more likely to experience each of the following EXCEPT:

A. Mental health problems and physical illness

B. Substance abuse

C. Early death

D. Poor interpersonal relationships


Trauma-Specific Services and Trauma-Informed Practices

3. While trauma-specific services are designed to treat the specific signs of trauma, trauma-specific interventions include integrated models for trauma and substance abuse treatment, manualized group counseling models, cognitive behavioral therapies, and many others.

A. True

B. False


Am I a Trauma Survivor?

4. Which of the following is NOT a correct statement about how individuals experience trauma?

A. An abused child may grow up believing that the world is a hurtful place, that they are unworthy, and deserve whatever they get

B. Some may see certain types of violence as an unavoidable part of life in their family or neighborhood, something to be endured and not discussed

C. Those who have experienced trauma report that it is more empowering to think of themselves as “survivors” rather than “victims”

D. How individuals choose to talk about trauma, or if they choose to talk at all, is a very personal matter


Tracing Trauma in Your Life and the Lives of Your Peers

5. Social violence such as ongoing poverty, racism, dislocation, or living in severely polluted or degraded environments can have a traumatic impact over time, although individuals may have a difficult time recognizing this as a form of trauma.

A. True

B. False


Peer Support Fundamentals

6. Peer support is a way for people from diverse backgrounds who share experiences in common to ________________________ rather than focusing on diagnosis or deficits.

A. Show compassion for oneself and others

B. Clarify issues and options

C. Brainstorm and supply information

D. Develop decision-making and problem-solving skills


Roots of Peer Support

7. A group process rooted in feminism in which people share and explore their problems and experiences in order to draw connections between the personal and the political, known as awareness-promotion, is one of the first examples of using peer support to encourage healing and growth.

A. True

B. False


Principles of Peer Support

8. Some important underlying values that make peer support unique and valuable are that it is voluntary, non-judgmental, empathic, respectful, and reciprocal.

A. True

B. False


Types of Peer Support Activities

9. In which type of peer support does the group decide what they want, what changes are required to attain their goal, and whom to communicate with in order to make this happen?

A. Formal peer support group

B. Activity-focused peer support group

C. Advocacy support

D. Informal peer support


Where Does Peer Support Take Place?

10. Peer-run programs are incorporated not-for-profit organizations that are coordinated by people who have used behavioral health services, and are governed by a majority peer board.

A. True

B. False


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