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Trauma-Informed Training

 Developing a Trauma-Informed Agency from the “Bottom Up” 


Trauma-informed care recognizes that complex and cumulative trauma is most often the cause of mental health and addiction related issues. 

This training will support in shifting participant’s knowledge and skills towards trauma-informed care. 

Trauma-informed care operates at all levels of an organization including leadership, frontline and support staff. 

This training will focus on building a culture and clinical approaches where the beginning point of all care starts with understanding the client from a trauma lens. 

Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the high prevalence of trauma, its impact on the physical, emotional and mental health, as well as on the many different behavioural presentations when triggered, which are often misunderstood and counter-therapeutically defined. 

  • Unmanaged counter-transference reaction  and transference reactions within the client

  • The impacts on the worker: a deeper understanding to compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, and toxic shock syndrome 

  • How to be fully present, in a focused, non-anxious state  

  • Trauma and the DSM 5

  • Neurobiology and physiology of trauma om the body and the brain

  • The linking of trauma and addictions     
    understanding the power differential at all levels of practice

  • What makes a non-trauma informed system?

  • What makes a trauma-informed system of 'care' at all levels of the agency and clinical practice

  • Building 'empowerment' & 'collaboration'
    how we can create the 'silencing effect' in survivors of victimization

  • How to respond to a trauma disclosure
    building safety 

  • A trauma-informed assessment approach

  • How to conduct a trauma-informed assessment

  • Polyvagal approach to the nervous system

  • A 'Structural Dissociative Model' for understanding trauma reaction and behaviours

  • Understanding high-risk maladaptive behaviours from a trauma reenactment lens and a means to manage 'too much' (hyperarousal) and 'too little' (dissociative reactions)

  • The role of dual awareness and mindfulness to treat arousal 


All frontline workers, including those in:

  • Addictions

  • Shelters

  • Mental health organizations

  • Corrections

  • Policing

  • Education

  • Hospitals

  • Family health centres

  • Residential programs

  • All other social service agencies

Interested in taking part in this workshop or offering it to your organization? Contact us today.

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