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Principles and Practices of Trauma-Informed Care

October 18 @ 9:00 am - October 19 @ 4:30 pm

This practical, interactive workshop will provide a foundation of principles and skills to integrate in clinical and community settings that do not necessarily provide trauma treatment but that nonetheless strive to be trauma informed. The trauma-informed approach can be applied to settings including (but not limited to) Social Services, child welfare agencies, schools, homeless shelters & women’s shelters, addiction agencies, clergy & health care settings. The workshop will cover:

Day 1: Fundamentals of Trauma and Attachment

The impact of various types of trauma and chronic stress on development and functioning
Signs of traumatic stress in children and adults
Findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, demonstrating that stressful experiences throughout development (including childhood trauma) are associated with a number of mental health and physical health problems across the lifespan
Risk and resiliency factors
Regulation, dysregulation and the brain and nervous system
The window of tolerance model
​The defense response cycle and recognizing signs of fight, flight, freeze and fawn
Secure and insecure attachment
​A trauma lens: reframing symptoms and behaviours as adaptations for survival

​Day 2: Trauma-Informed Care Principles and Skills

Staged models of trauma treatment, and ways to support clients in the safety and stabilization phase, even if not providing trauma therapy
The core trauma-informed principles of safety, consent, choice, voice, control/empowerment, trust, collaboration, compassion and trauma awareness
Practical skills for presence and self-regulation for professionals to hold space for clients, manage personal triggers and maintain boundaries
Recognizing the limits of one’s scope of practice, knowing when to refer, and what options exist for trauma-specific treatment
Grounding, orienting, containment and self-soothing skills for clients
Resources for further exploration, including organizational self-assessment tools
If time and interest: Q&A to discuss clinical scenarios

Principles and Practices of Trauma-Informed Care


October 18 @ 9:00 am
October 19 @ 4:30 pm