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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:

  • The neurobiology of trauma.
  • Assessment of trauma.
  • Current, evidence-based treatment models for trauma.
  • The effects of torture, violence or risk of violence.
  • How to effectively manage issues of religion and spirituality while working with triggered refugees or survivors of war.
  • The connection between trauma and addiction.
  • Flashback management.
  • Building resilience in children who have experienced trauma.
  • Strategies for managing the effects of secondary traumatic stress.
  • The basic steps to implementing trauma-informed care in organizations.

Completion Requirements

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.

Courses

An Overview of Therapeutic Models in Treating Trauma

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.

Building Resilience in Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

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:

  • Definitions of trauma.
  • What the research is telling us on how trauma impacts childhood development and the elevated risks of unresolved trauma.
  • Critical components common to all effective trauma treatment interventions.
  • How the research from positive psychology, resiliency, well-being, post traumatic growth and self-regulation can help us in our work with children who have experienced trauma.
  • Nine resilience-based story shifters that can make a difference for someone who has experienced trauma.

Crisis Intervention

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:

  • Increase their knowledge base related to crisis intervention theory, as well as various models and their application.
  • Increase their awareness of personal reflexivity, values and beliefs related to crisis themes.
  • Broaden their understanding of, and develop intervention strategies related to, specific areas of trauma and crisis that may include: mental health and addictions, loss (anticipatory and ambiguous), grief, possible intimate partner violence (if participants are not enrolled in other trauma workshops with this theme), aging parents and related sibling and family issues, as well as community theory and interventions, with a heightened focus on school violence.
  • Gain skills in assessing and intervening suicidality ideation and behaviours, as well as understanding the duty to protect and warn as it relates to ethics.
  • Gain an understanding of broader systemic influences, as well as work with diverse populations/social locations and the possible role of spirituality.
  • Gain knowledge and develop strategies related to self-preservation and safety.

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!

Developmental Trauma: Attachment Rupture and Repair

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:

  • How early trauma or developmental disruptions can impact self-regulation, attachment and nervous system functioning.
  • The four components of attachment and the power of feeling safe.
  • Attachment styles in clients and practitioners.
  • Applications of the polyvagal theory in clinical work with individuals and couples.
  • Growing the window of tolerance for social engagement.
  • Experiential activities that focus on co-regulation and the repair of relational ruptures.

This workshop is similar to the Integrative Trauma Treatment offered in June 2018. While there will be a few new experiential exercises introduced, the theory will be the same content covered in Integrative Trauma Treatment in June 2018.

Empowered Boundaries: Somatic Exercises for Assertiveness

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:

  • The importance of understanding procedural/body memory when treating trauma.
  • The cycle of activation of defense responses and the role of thwarted self-protective efforts in lack of boundaries.
  • The principles of titration and embodied containment when working with survival energies and impulses.
  • Practices to safely explore self-protective movements and build capacity to mobilize a more empowered sense of oneself.

Expressive Arts with Trauma

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.

Participants will:

  • Gain an introductory understanding of the use of the arts and the range of expressive arts therapies.
  • Experience activities and exercises in each of the arts modalities across a variety of forms of trauma and with different age groups.
  • Practice effective facilitation of arts-based methods for expression, healing, and activism following trauma.
  • Obtain a handout of useful articles, books and websites with additional resources.
  • Receive information about training programs and accreditation in expressive arts therapy.

Notes

* 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.

Fundamentals of Somatic Experiencing ®

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.

Foundations of Trauma

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:

  • An understanding of the meaning of crisis and practical crisis intervention skills.
  • A conceptual framework for understanding trauma.
  • Practical and applicable therapeutic tools for responding to trauma and traumatized individuals.
  • Specific counseling techniques that are proven effective for people with lived trauma experiences.
  • An understanding of the impact of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, as well as skills to manage the impact of the work on ourselves.

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!

Human Trafficking

  • Dates: Feb. 19 and 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $275
  • Instructor: Lori Gill, MA, RP, CTS
  • Hours: 12

This workshop will provide insight into the unique impacts of human trafficking. Learn what it is, how to increase education and prevention in your area and how to work with those impacted by human trafficking. Assessment, effective treatment strategies and support for families will be included in this training. Cases for this workshop will be adult specific. In addition to psychoeducation around what human trafficking is and the signs that someone may be being trafficked, this workshop also includes treatment recommendations allowing participants to delve a little deeper into the processing work. Experiential activities and case examples will be woven throughout this two-day training.

Mindfulness for Trauma

Combining mindfulness to strengthen emotional regulation with existing empirical supported post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatments can improve outcomes through:

  • Increasing engagement.
  • Increasing compliance.
  • Decreasing the level of ruminations in PTSD.

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:

  1. As an emotional regulation support technique for existing empirically supported PTSD treatments.
  2. As a stand-alone treatment (mindfulness based cognitive behaviour psychotherapies).

Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Resilience

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

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.

Trauma and Addiction

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the link between trauma and addiction, including the neurobiology, physical and emotional responses of trauma and how they intersect with addictions.
  • Understand the role of compassion fatigue when providing treatment to individuals with trauma/addictions.
  • Understand addiction as a survival/coping strategy for traumatic memories and symptoms.
  • Describe best practices for treating trauma.
  • Teach clients tools and practical strategies to regulate autonomic arousal and trauma-related emotions and body sensations without resorting to addictive behaviours.
  • Explain and demonstrate strategies for flashback management.
  • Trauma treatment models.
  • Review of seek safety model.
  • Review of CBT, prolong exposure and cognitive processing models for trauma therapy.

CACCF: Eight core and four related continuing education hours.

Trauma and Addiction (Online)

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

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:

  • Explain the link between trauma and addiction, including the neurobiology, physical and emotional responses of trauma and how they intersect with addictions.
  • Understand the role of compassion fatigue when providing treatment to individuals with trauma/addictions.
  • Understand addiction as a survival/coping strategy for traumatic memories and symptoms.
  • Describe best practices for treating trauma.
  • Teach clients tools and practical strategies to regulate autonomic arousal and trauma-related emotions and body sensations without resorting to addictive behaviours.
  • Explain and demonstrate strategies for flashback management.
  • Trauma treatment models.
  • Review of seek safety model.
  • Review of CBT, prolong exposure and cognitive processing models for trauma therapy.

CACCF: Eight core and four related continuing education hours.

Traumatic Bereavement

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 create a persistent and prolonged set of painful and debilitating symptoms. Emotional dysregulation, troubling ruminations and intense preoccupations with the death are just a few of the symptoms experienced in traumatic bereavement. This unique grief experience is highly vulnerable to environmental triggers which are imbedded in the neuropathways of the brain. The concept of 'trauma informed' grief work has emerged as a category meant to help guide clinicians in their work with individuals working through a traumatic loss.

In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Categories for sudden loss and their implications.
  • Suicide bereavement.
  • The effects of trauma on the mourner.
  • Trauma informed grief therapy.
  • New guidelines for group facilitation.
  • Ceremonies and other cultural norms.
  • The importance of environment.

Trauma Informed Practice

This workshop includes a brief review of the research on the prevalence of psychological trauma, the psychobiology of trauma, a brief history of the trauma informed care movement and a review of the 10 standards for a trauma informed system. Participants will be engaged in a review of best practise principles of trauma specific interventions. The philosophical underpinnings of trauma-informed 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.

Trauma Informed Service Systems

  • Dates: Jan. 17 and 18, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $275
  • Instructor: Laurie Robinson, MSW, RSW
  • Hours: 12

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. 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 Informed Practice.

Note: This workshop was previously called Theory and Practice of Trauma Informed Services.

Treating Trauma: Frameworks and Promising Practices

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.

Understanding and Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse

  • Dates: Dec. 11 and 12, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $275
  • Instructor: Lori Gill, MA, RP, CTS
  • Hours: 12

This workshop will provide insights into the far-reaching impact of sexual abuse. An understanding of how this impacts neurological, emotional, behavioural, physiological and relational responses will be explored. Techniques to discover associations and create new neuropathways will be included. Strategies to help form new meaning of intimacy, boundaries, and reconnection with our body as a resource will also be included. Interview techniques to increase response rates, reframing tools and activities to promote healing are also included in this workshop. Experiential activities and case examples will be woven throughout this two-day training.

Working with Childhood Abuse

  • Dates: April 17 and 18, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $275
  • Instructor: Lori Gill, MA, RP, CTS
  • Hours: 12

This workshop will provide insight into the neurological, behavioural, cognitive, perceptual and social impacts of child abuse. Participants will learn about types of abuse (inclusive of working with attachment ruptures), the brain regions effected by abuse and windows of greatest sensitivity to specific types of abuse. This workshop also includes practical strategies to assess, safely externalize and regulate abuse in various settings. Participants will also learn how to understand and manage common issues such as social impairments, arousal-activation, lying, stealing and hoarding food. Experiential activities and case examples will be woven throughout this two-day training.

Working with Parts: Healing the Child(ren) Within

  • Dates: Feb. 27 and 28, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $275
  • Instructor: Sarah Schlote
  • Hours: 12

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:

  • Helpful frameworks through which to help clients conceptualize their inner experience.
  • The self-protective roles of different parts or ego states, including shame.
  • Tools to support relationship with the fragmented parts of one’s inner world to foster greater integration, inner coherence, regulation and the capacity for self-soothing.
  • Specific interactive exercises for working with ego states/parts involving imagery, somatics, attachment, art, journaling and self-compassion.
  • Resources for further learning.

Working with Refugees and Survivors of War

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:
  • Gain an understanding of the effect of torture, violence or risk of violence.
  • Understand the effect of migration and post migration trauma.
  • Learn and practice effective skills for working with refugees and survivors of wars.
  • Learn and practice effective skills for working with triggered refugees or survivors of wars.
  • Learn how to effectively manage issues of religion and spirituality while working with triggered refugees or survivors of wars.
  • Learn effective ways to manage self-care.

Working with Survivors of Interpersonal Violence

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.

Contact Us:

Lynne Jordan, Coordinator, Professional Development

E: ljordan@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x5265

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