Trauma-Informed Workforce Certificate Training

VPhA is excited to launch a new partnership with Dr. Helen Sairany. The Trauma-Informed Workforce Certificate Training Program is a catalyst for personal transformation, enabling you to forge deeper connections with yourself, your work and your team.

Roughly 70% of Americans report experiencing some type of trauma. Two-thirds of young adults in the United States suffer a traumatic experience by the time they are 18. From the time they leave high school to start their postgraduate training, pharmacists have experienced tragedy, loss, neglect, or abuse. The social, emotional, and mental impact of this trauma surfaces and is often exacerbated due to the stress of unbearable work conditions. When healthcare experiences trauma, collaboration and innovation come second to feeling safe.

In this seminar, participants will develop a foundation for creating a trauma-informed practice that can have a greater impact on them, their patients and those in their charge. This seminar is designed to promote higher job satisfaction, better work-life integration, and less burnout for participants and their employees, resulting in a more informed and compassionate workforce.

Participants will:

  • Bid goodbye to burnout and toxic patterns.
  • Explore the potential of your workplace.
  • Be mentored by an expert facilitator.
  • Gain mastery in conscious decision-making.

Held four times each year, the first live session offerings are quickly approaching in July and August. This comprehensive training consists of 12 modules and a live seminar led by Dr. Sairany. Participants can take the training either a la carte or in its entirety by clicking the buttons below.

Participants need to use the claim code VIRGINIA when enrolling.

Trauma-Informed Workforce:

Full Certificate Training Programs (Home Study with live courses)

Trauma-Informed Workforce:

All Home Study Offerings


As a 7-year-old Kurdish child in Iraq, a country torn by war and conflict, I was spotted by a U.S. Marine deployed to my country with a grenade in my hand, who saved my life by exchanging the grenade for a bag of candy. He later escorted my family and I out of war to seek refuge in the U.S.

Because of my turbulent childhood, I was diagnosed with complex PTSD in 2013. Thus, I aspire living in a world where the vast majority are trauma-informed, feel psychologically safe and valued for the work they put out, and return home fulfilled.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic began, I have been open about my dormant childhood trauma. I have been traveling worldwide to give talks on topics such as trauma-informed care, leadership, and the workforce. 

 I often use the word “nomad” to describe my lifestyle. Throughout the years, I have embarked on various global adventures, such as trekking in Southeast Asia, summiting Everest Base Camp in Nepal, exploring the W circuit in Patagonia-Chile, visiting Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain in Peru, hiking Pukhansan in South Korea, climbing Ben Lemond in New Zealand, and reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.​

After having traveled to more than 100 countries worldwide, I developed an appreciation for the diverse mix of cultures, people, and traditions. 

My interest in trauma stems from personal experiences of living through wars, navigating complex relationships, and continually learning what it means to be human.