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.
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:
Given the current social and political climate, it is important to increase our understanding of complex trauma to ensure we effectively support those we serve. There has been much debate in the literature about the nature, diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma, including how it differs in progression from isolated traumatic incidents. Although exposure to isolated events produces specific behavioural and biological responses, experiences of repeated, chronic and/or prolonged traumatization tend to interfere with our neurobiological and emotional development, inhibiting our ability to integrate sensory, emotional, and cognitive information into a meaningful whole. Symptomatology associated with complex trauma is pervasive and multifaceted, often leading to increased contact with a variety of correctional, medical, and social services.
This two-day workshop intends to support participants with developing a more nuanced understanding of complex trauma by exploring how it alters our experience of the world. It will examine the influence of complex trauma on our neurobiology and development, as well as increase participants’ sensitivity to factors that contribute to its etiology. It will also explore therapeutic approaches that are best suited to effective treatment and enhance awareness about the ways in which complex trauma intersects with vulnerable groups.
Helping professionals regularly encounter crisis situations in various work environments. At times, they can seem overwhelming and taxing, even for the most seasoned professional. Managing a crisis effectively can dramatically decrease individual, family and a community’s possible traumatic and/or mental health reactions, increase coping strategies, reduce the possibility of chronic or maladaptive symptoms and re-establish pre-crisis equilibrium or functioning. The emphasis of this course will relate to mental health in a variety of possible settings with various populations including: children and youth, adults, seniors and families in the context of broader systemic influences.
Upon completion of this course, participants can expect to:
This workshop will offer numerous practical skills and interventions, case examples, practice exercises, video clips and rich discussions as experiences are shared by the instructor and participants. In addition, there will be useful handouts for future referencing.
Note: As themes for review are quite varied and are all important, there is room for flexibility around the course themes, depending on the experiences and interests of the participants. Hope to see you there!
Before language, our sense of self is fundamentally somatic in nature and develops in relationship. Responsive, consistent caregiving supports the development of secure attachment and nervous system regulation, which sets the foundation for future resilience. However, ruptures or trauma in early development interrupt the organism's natural process of growth to instead focus on survival. This two-day workshop builds on the material covered in Fundamentals of Somatic Experiencing® by focusing on:
An integral part of trauma treatment involves working with boundaries. For some, boundaries that are too porous can be linked with difficulty engaging a fight response, a collapsed state of defeat or submission that results in passivity, shame, fear or chronic frustration when trying to stand up for oneself to step up in the world. For others, boundaries can be overly rigid as the system learns to shut out anything that might be construed as a potential threat. Drawing from trauma neuroscience, psychophysiology, somatic therapies and polyvagal theory, this hands-on workshop will introduce participants to clinically relevant principles and experiential practices to consider when working with boundaries, including:
This course will introduce the use of expressive arts when working therapeutically with those who have experienced trauma.* Rationale for, and examples of, using the arts for expression, healing and activism in response to trauma will be explored. Exercises and interventions using drama, art, music, dance/movement, poetry and play will be explored in individual, family and group contexts. In addition, intermodal approaches that use numerous arts-based methods will be demonstrated.
Trauma for the purposes of this course will include interpersonal and familial trauma, as well as systemic, intergenerational and state violence forms of trauma (e.g. war, racism, poverty, heterosexism, etc.). The course will address the use of arts to promote healing and activism in response to the personal and political aspects of harm.
Rather than “telling,” this course will focus on learning through “doing.” It is designed to be highly experiential, allowing participants to actively engage in arts-based methods as both a participant and a facilitator.** In addition, information will provided throughout the course using video, conversation and handouts.
*Please note that this is an introductory course and calling oneself an arts therapist is a protected term. If you are interested in becoming certified in expressive arts therapy or one of the specific modalities, further information about official training programs and national organizations will be provided.
** Experiential activities will differ from other workshops being run by Christine Mayor.
Most clinicians know that the verbal narrative is only part of the picture of working with trauma. However, knowing how to work with the body story is not always immediately apparent, especially when the body's responses can be confusing, nuanced and easily misunderstood. Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing® offers a comprehensive theory and model of practice for understanding and working with the body and nervous system for individuals who have experienced a variety of shock traumas, developmental/attachment trauma and chronic stress or adversity. This one-day workshop will introduce participants to core concepts and principles drawn from the work of Dr. Levine, as well as Dr. Stephen Porges' polyvagal theory, and their application to trauma renegotiation and recovery.
This course is not affiliated with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute but is taught with the Institute's permission and license.
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 workshop is intended to examine the reality of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation (i.e. sex trafficking). We will explore the different types of human trafficking, define differences between human trafficking and sex work, discover who it happens to, identify risk factors, and explore how it happens. You will learn to recognize signs of human trafficking and how to work with those impacted. Assessment, effective treatment strategies and ongoing support for victims and their families will be discussed. Along with case studies, presentations from a survivor, law enforcement and a representative from the judicial system will be woven throughout the two-day training.
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.
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:
CACCF: Eight core and four related continuing education hours.
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:
CACCF: Eight core and four related continuing education hours.
When individuals experience a sudden, unexpected and/or violent death, we can anticipate that trauma is going to be part of their grief experience. Traumatic bereavement, however, is more than just the co-existence of grief and trauma. It is the interaction between grief and trauma that creates a persistent and prolonged set of painful and debilitating symptoms. This unique grief experience is highly vulnerable to environmental triggers which are imbedded in the neuropathways of the brain. ‘Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder’ is the category under consideration in the DSM-V, which incorporates the existing literature on complicated grief (CG) as well as new clinical considerations. Trauma informed grief work has become the new standard for clinicians working with individuals who have experienced a traumatic loss. In this workshop, participants will learn about:
This course will introduce the use of trauma-centered psychotherapy principles and techniques when working with individuals. This approach, created by Johnson and Lubin (2015), integrates psychodynamic, exposure-based, cognitive behavioural, and humanistic approaches to trauma treatment for individuals who have experienced a wide range of traumatic events. This approach and set of techniques will provide participants with concrete tools for how to help clients who have experienced trauma to process these memories and their impact on their current life.
This is practical introductory course that focuses on how to:
Rather than “telling”, this course will focus on learning through “doing”. It is designed to be experiential, allowing participants to actively engage in role plays and practice the techniques being taught. In addition, information will provided throughout the course using case examples, conversation and handouts.
Note: participants will be engaging in direct discussion and experiential work about difficult and traumatic subject material throughout the two days.
Reference materials: Johnson, D. R. and Lubin, H. (2015). Principles and techniques of trauma-centered psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.
This workshop will include an extensive review of the research on the prevalence of psychological trauma across sectors and 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/systems level. Laurie will also present a review of the advances being made in promoting and implementing a trauma-informed approach across a variety of systems all over the world. 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.
This workshop is recommended as a prerequisite for Trauma-Sensitive Practice.
Sometimes referred to as trauma-informed, trauma-focused or trauma-infused practice, trauma-sensitive practice is the term used to describe the way that an organization/system/individual responds to trauma and adversity. Anyone can adopt a trauma-sensitive practice approach to their work by applying the trauma-informed principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, empowerment, culture, history and gender, in their interactions with the people they work with. This one-day session includes a brief review of the research on the prevalence of psychological trauma, the history of the trauma-informed care movement and the 10 standards for a trauma-informed system, and the difference between trauma-informed care, trauma-specific interventions and trauma-sensitive practice. Participants will be engaged in discussion of brain science and the biopsychosocial aspects of trauma, practical applications of the principles of trauma-sensitive practice and briefly, best practise principles of trauma specific interventions. The philosophical underpinnings of trauma-sensitive practice will be discussed including strategies for using a trauma lens in the screening, assessment and planning for interventions with individuals coping with the aftermath of psychological trauma.
It is strongly recommended that you complete Trauma Informed Service Systems before registering for this workshop.
Participants will be introduced to additional approaches and frameworks for trauma that are in the process of being validated through research, or are evidence-informed. The course will discuss the ARC Model (Attachment, Regulation, Competency) and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics as frameworks to guide assessment and treatment planning for working with children and adults. A review of promising treatment options will round out the participants' knowledge, such as Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, touch work, Brainspotting, Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, equine-assisted therapy, Family Constellations, and attachment-oriented therapies.
Note: Somatic Experiencing and attachment-oriented work will be covered experientially in more depth in the Fundamentals of Somatic Experiencing workshop and the Developmental Trauma: Attachment Rupture and Repair workshop. As a result, there will be some overlap in content between the Treating Trauma workshop and these two more in-depth workshops.
This workshop provides an introduction to understanding how trauma can result in varying degrees of dissociation and fragmentation of one’s inner experience. Drawing elements from different parts work/ego state models such as structural dissociation, transactional analysis, internal family systems, and others, the presentation will introduce:
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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