Online Workshop: Trauma-Sensitive Practice

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Presented By: Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR, Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Course Description:

Living with trauma is a universal experience. Talking about mental health and emotional pain used to be taboo – but no longer. Thankfully and appropriately, trauma-sensitive practice is becoming an increasingly common topic within forward-thinking organizations worldwide. This is essential if we want the individual people, we serve to be receiving the most effective levels of support needed for them to thrive.

An individual’s experience of their life’s trauma impacts every area of human functioning: physical, mental, behavioral, social, and spiritual. Circumstances such as violence, abuse, neglect, addiction, loss, racism, and exclusion are examples of what can dramatically affect a child’s development and it can significantly impede their capacity to function throughout their lifespan. But the understanding of “trauma” is frequently misinterpreted, misunderstood, and minimized – leaving people responding repeatedly from wounded places, without awareness. When combined with a developmental disability or substance abuse, the challenges for individuals living with trauma are compounded enormously.

As professionals, we are most effective at supporting others when we understand how personal trauma experiences influence overall function and healing processes. Whether we work in the fields of therapy, education, social work, child protection, or business, and whether we are counselors, police officers, or foster parents, this mental health workshop will help us develop new skills in working mindfully and effectively with other people. The upside is that we’re highly likely to understand ourselves more too.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an appreciation for the deep impact that trauma has on brain development, relational skills, coping strategies, and behavior.
  • Identify the red flags in behavior that are suggestive of relational trauma, and the complexities when coupled with a developmental disability.
  • Appreciate the value of attunement and “holding space” as a force for regulation, healthy brain rewiring, reflection, self-esteem, and learning.
  • Develop practical scripts and skills related to compassionate communication.
  • Learn how to support others with trauma in any setting.
  • Understand how, as one person supporting another, your awareness and mindfulness can open the door for improved connection with people who live with these challenges to increase the sustainability of your practice.

Recorded and Live Workshop for Purchase.

11.5 Total Hours.

Education Level: Intermediate.

Cost: CAD $419 CAD