Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Mental Health Professionals (6 day course): Level 1 Trauma Certificate

Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Mental Health Professionals (6 day course): Level 1 Trauma Certificate


Event Details

Dates: June 24, 25, 26, July 8, 9, 10, 2019

Facilitator: Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW

Location: Toronto ON at SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute, 114 Maitland Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1E1, 2nd Floor, Seminar Rooms ABC.

This training is suitable for: Experienced front-line workers (nurses, clergy, social workers, residential workers), counselors and psychotherapists who provide services to vulnerable populations. 

Description: In this certificate program, you will be given the most current information on the biopsychosocial phenomenon of trauma and training in how to assess and respond ethically and appropriately to clients, given the parameters of the workplace. You will also examine how workers and organizations are affected by and respond to working with traumatized individuals and develop trauma-informed approaches to work that enhance personal and professional resilience.

The trauma issues experienced by adult clients/consumers may include: early childhood trauma, violent crime, sexual assault, domestic violence, work related trauma, motor vehicle accidents, medical trauma and on-going pervasive developmental arrests. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • ​Identify: ​ You will learn to identify and understand the range of reactions traumatized individuals experience such as:
    • Acute PTSD, Grief/Bereavement Reactions, Developmental Trauma, chronic frustration and misery, dissociative reactions and anxious and disorganized attachment patterns
  • Assess:  You will learn key questions to ask clients in acute and complex situations to assess and guide interventions
  • Intervene: You will learn strategies that will assist clients in adaptive coping and overcoming the debilitating effects of:
  • Hypo-hyperarousal
  • Affect dysregulation, sleep dysregulation, intrusive imagery
  • Flashbacks and nightmare management, guilt, shame, blame, client paralysis and therapeutic impasses

The objective with clients who have experienced a single incident trauma is to help clients recover to base-line functioning by using psycho-education and symptom management strategies. 

The object with clients, who have experienced complex/developmental trauma, is to mitigate layers of human suffering that has manifested in entrenched rigid maladaptive patterns.  Our work with clients is to bring clarity to the origin, presence and manifestations of these patterns and to develop a systematic process for changing the core belief system/schema that drives these patterns.

Please see the Agenda tab for more information on the daily learning objectives of this 6-day program.

*Photography is being used for illustrative purposes only and any person depicted in the content is a model, except where indicated.

  • When

  • Monday, June 24, 2019 - Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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