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

Given the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID 19), this event has been postponed until further notice. All trainees currently registered for this event will be contacted via email with more details. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to keep our trainees, facilitators, visitors and staff safe.



Event Details

 CCMH_LI_Logo_blues_on_white Leading the way in Mental Health Training and Education for Professionals

Dates: March 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, 2020 

Facilitator: Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW

The Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Mental Health Professionals is designed for experienced front-line workers (nurses, clergy, social workers, residential workers), counselors and psychotherapists who provide services to vulnerable populations.

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


In this certification 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 an 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. 

​You will learn to: 

  • ​Identify: ​ You will learn to identify and understand the range of reactions traumatized individuals by 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.

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

  • When

  • Monday, March 16, 2020 - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Seminar Rooms ABC, 2nd Floor
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1
    416-924-1164 x 8707

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