The Trauma Certificate will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of what trauma is, how it affects the body, the brain and the memory and how trauma differs from crisis and other distress. The program will also explore various types of trauma, such as interpersonal violence and refugee/war experiences, and how other issues, such as addictions, can interact with trauma. Some of the topics covered in this program include:
To complete the Trauma Certificate, you must take a minimum of 84 course hours. It is strongly recommended that you take the Foundations of Trauma workshop if you do not have extensive training or experience working with trauma. You can complete this certificate in as little as one year or take up to seven years.
You do not have to be working toward the Trauma Certificate to take any of these courses.
Participants will be introduced to a variety of therapeutic models for treating trauma including, but not limited to, trauma-focused CBT, narrative therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, prolonged exposure, EMDR, ACT, etc. Based on the models overviewed, this interactive workshop will provide opportunities to practice relevant intervention strategies.
This course focuses on building resilience in children who have experienced trauma by reviewing the various definitions of childhood trauma and exploring how trauma impacts the brain and areas of development specifically in a child or youth. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) is reviewed to demonstrate how trauma interrupts development and presents itself through behaviours, reactions, responses and symptoms that often mimic or contribute to the development of mental health disorders. The critical core components of evidence based treatment models are reviewed to highlight effective intervention practices. Concepts from positive psychology and the narrative approach are integrated into this course, along with the recent research on resiliency, well-being, post traumatic growth and self-regulation. Pathways to resilience and protective factors in childhood are emphasized so that participants feel hopeful and have concrete strategies to help. Strategies on creating a safe place for children and youth who have experienced trauma, that specifically attends to their needs, will be explored along with the key elements involved in helping to create the context to shift a trauma story into one that focuses on resilience.
Information is provided throughout the presentation using video, activities, conversation and handouts. Many resources will be shared to provide participants with tools to further integrate building resilience in their work with children and youth who have experienced trauma.
Participants will learn:
Understanding the impact of crisis and trauma on peoples’ lives and being able to respond in meaningful ways are crucial skills for those working in the helping professions.
This two-day interactive workshop will provide both a conceptual framework and practical skills for assessment and interventions when working with those who have experienced a range of crisis and/or traumatic experiences.
This workshop will leave participants with:
Sue and Sandy use a relaxed, interactive teaching style with lots of discussion and time to reflect on the material. Come to the workshop prepared to interact and practice the skills!
This two-day workshop will introduce students to trauma therapy approaches that incorporate varying degrees of attachment and neuroscience when working with individuals and couples. A review of psychophysiology, polyvagal theory and procedural memory will be provided as context for the rationale of integrating bottom-up approaches with more traditional top-down therapy. Students will learn about Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, Brainspotting, touch work and equine-facilitated therapy as additional modalities to round out one's toolkit.
This workshop has been pre-approved for 12 continuing education credits by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
Combining mindfulness to strengthen emotional regulation with existing empirical supported post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatments can improve outcomes through:
Several psychotherapeutic interventions incorporating training in mindfulness are clinically relevant to traumatic stress. PTSD treatment could benefit from including mindfulness into the therapeutic process. This would include areas such as the neuroscience of mindfulness, assessment instruments for mindfulness, mechanism of mindfulness and the relation between mindfulness and other techniques. Evidence suggests that mindfulness can improve the therapeutic results and the outcome of PTSD clients.
Mindfulness can be used in two ways:
An informative and interactive workshop designed for service providers in order to understand the conceptual impact of the helping field on personal and professional selves. Skills, theories and practical applications will be explored and practiced on both an individual and organizational level.
This workshop will include an extensive review of the research on the prevalence of psychological trauma across sectors, the psychobiology of trauma and presents the case for the implementation of a service system that is trauma-informed. Participants will be engaged in a review of the theory and practice of a trauma-informed system and examine a variety of approaches and sector specific toolkits available for implementing standards at the organizational level. A range of practical suggestions for using a trauma lens in the screening of individuals coping with the aftermath of psychological trauma will be discussed. Laurie will also present a review of the advances being made in Canada in implementing a trauma-informed approach in a variety of levels of care. Challenges in advocacy and leading change will be discussed, including the role that direct service providers can play in influencing change at the client service, organizational, community and policy level.
Recent research has confirmed what addiction treatment providers already knew to be true: the large majority of people who suffer from addiction issues also have a history of trauma and/or victimization. Experiences of trauma can cause lasting psychological and physiological effects including deficiencies in emotional regulation, problem solving and impulse control. This, in turn, can lead to the use of alcohol, drugs and/or addictive behaviours as a "functional fit" to cope with overwhelming emotions, physical dysregulation and other post-traumatic symptoms. This two-day workshop explores the connection between trauma and addiction with a focus on providing knowledge, tools and resources to effectively serve clients who are dealing with both trauma and addiction issues.
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:
Recent research has confirmed what addiction treatment providers already knew to be true: the large majority of people who suffer from addiction issues also have a history of trauma and/or victimization. Experiences of trauma can cause lasting psychological and physiological effects including deficiencies in emotional regulation, problem solving and impulse control. This, in turn, can lead to the use of alcohol, drugs and/or addictive behaviours as a "functional fit" to cope with overwhelming emotions, physical dysregulation and other post-traumatic symptoms.
This workshop explores the connection between trauma and addiction with a focus on providing knowledge, tools and resources to effectively serve clients who are dealing with both trauma and addiction issues.
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:
Refugees and survivors of war are often left to face a lasting impact that trauma, violence or risk of violence may cause. Even after making the journey to a safe country, the immigration process (resettlement and acculturation) may also cause a stress that could have an impact on refugees’ and survivors of wars’ physical and mental health.
This two-day interactive workshop will provide both a conceptual framework and practical skills for assessment and interventions when working with refugees and survivors of war.
Throughout this workshop participants will:
This workshop will focus on issues specific to experiences of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Using a trauma informed lens, participants will be introduced to concepts central to the impact of violence, offered opportunities to explore power dynamics inherent in interpersonal violence and practice strategies for intervention.
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