Trauma-Informed Practice Training Level 1 & 2 Certificate

Trauma-Informed Practice Training Level 1

Workshop Details:

This workshop will provide participants with tools, knowledge, and some expertise on how to assist clients with trauma and understand how trauma impacts the healing process. Research supports that knowledge of Trauma-Informed care is critical to helping clients move through barriers to healing.

Topics Covered:
o The Neurobiology of Trauma
o Polyvagal Theory
o Signs and Symptoms of Trauma
o Creating a Safe Space for Trauma Healing and Attunement
o Brief Overview of Therapeutic Models that are Congruent with a Trauma-Informed Practice and Facilitate the Healing Process
o Experiential Exercises
o Example of a Trauma-Informed Somatic Approach
o Window of Tolerance
o How Embodied Emotion and Trauma Memory is Released from the Body
o Triggers and How to Release Core Beliefs
o Building Client Resilience and the Role of Lifestyle in Healing

Upcoming Dates, Vancouver B.C.:

Meet the facilitators:

Alyson Quinn

Alyson has been an Adjunct professor at UBC’s School of Social work for 7 years and has been a counsellor for 30 years specializing in group therapy, trauma therapy, and conflict resolution. She is a Clinical Counsellor with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Conflict resolution from Royal Roads University. Alyson has taught students in a Trauma informed Counselling class, in a group work class and also in an Integrative Seminar and has a great deal of experience as an individual and couples counsellor. She is an author of 3 published books. Alyson’s Pedagogy for an Integrative Practice is published in the text book Holistic Engagement: Transformative Social Work education in the 21st Century. Her text book Experiential Unity theory and model: reclaiming your soul published in 2012 is aligned with the principles of a Trauma Informed Practice. Alyson has taught her model at both International and Canadian conferences. Alyson was born in Zimbabwe and trained as a Social worker in South Africa. She launched her Social work career in London, England and then emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. Her self help book Reclaim your soul your path to healing published in 2014 also builds on Trauma informed principles. Her website is alysonquinnwrites.com

Suzanne Ferera

Suzanne Ferera is a registered Occupational Therapist with 25 years of experience in mental health and is trained as a certified Calmer, Easier, Happier parenting practitioner.  Her private practice work takes her into both families’ homes to help with children who have behavioural difficulties, and also into schools where she teaches classroom management. She has worked as a Family Counsellor for the Vancouver Family Preservation and Reunification services, working with families who are at risk. Learning about a trauma informed theory and practice has long been a passion of hers and also her commitment to bringing a somatic oriented approach to her work with families. Her work is most often focused on the impact of triggers and how they impact relationships particularly parent/child relationships. Her work often involves facilitating increased awareness for parents around their own trauma triggers. This assists in contributing a deeper understanding to their interactions with their children in order to avoid reactivity, and maintain a close relationship.  She helps parents, teachers and professionals who work with children explore ways of understanding and working with these triggers, using the Calmer, Easier, Happier, parenting and teaching strategies and trauma informed modalities.

Robbie Ruddell

Robbie completed a Master of Arts in Psychology and Italian at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Following this, he started his counsellor education at the University of Cambridge, UK where he attended specialized training in working therapeutically through using creative arts. From there he returned home to Vancouver, Canada where he is currently completing his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His master’s thesis is investigating the construct of self-esteem and how it is measured in the counselling field. Robbie completed part of his practicum degree requirements at the Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Services with the Fraser Health Authority. During this placement, Robbie had the exciting opportunity to work alongside Alyson Quinn, implementing her Experiential Unity Theory and Model to co-facilitate several crisis stabilization groups for individuals experiencing acute emotional distress. Robbie and Alyson are currently in the process of writing a book with the aim of supporting clinicians to integrate Quinn’s model into their practices. Alongside his graduate program, Robbie has been working as a Career Advisor with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers at UBC. He is also currently working as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology at UBC, supporting students with their multidisciplinary research projects and statistical analyses. He has further assisted teaching for courses on developmental, social, personality, and clinical psychology. In Robbie’s clinical work with clients, he utilizes a trauma informed lens including right brain orientation of the clinician to the right brain orientation of the client, bottom up processing, and an emphasis on integrative modalities that assist clients in relying on the inherent wisdom of their bodies to guide the therapeutic work.


Trauma-Informed Practice Training Level 2

Workshop Details:

This workshop will build on Level 1 knowledge regarding Trauma Informed Practice. This experiential workshop will focus primarily on skills, and techniques, that adhere to Trauma Informed Practice indicators to assist clients in their healing process.

Topics Covered:
o Role of Mindfulness
o Tracking feelings – tracing their history – i.e.: shame
o Linking emotion to “negative self talk”, core belief systems and to ‘patterns of behavior’.
o Metaphor development in EUT– bottom up processing and right brain orientation that focuses on core beliefs, key emotions and how to release stuck-ness. Developing intuition.
o Role of Tapping and other mind / body techniques in release of Trauma.
o Practice sessions: how to process a client’s trauma whilst keeping within the ‘window of tolerance’ – noticing micro movements.
o Effective Resolutions in Individual Sessions – getting to the ‘root of the issue’ while maintaining client’s Window of tolerance. Resourcing the client.
o Role of Visualizations

Upcoming Dates, Vancouver B.C.:

Meet the facilitators:

Alyson Quinn

Alyson has been an Adjunct professor at UBC’s School of Social work for 7 years and has been a counsellor for 30 years specializing in group therapy, trauma therapy, and conflict resolution. She is a Clinical Counsellor with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Conflict resolution from Royal Roads University. Alyson has taught students in a Trauma informed Counselling class, in a group work class and also in an Integrative Seminar and has a great deal of experience as an individual and couples counsellor. She is an author of 3 published books. Alyson’s Pedagogy for an Integrative Practice is published in the text book Holistic Engagement: Transformative Social Work education in the 21st Century. Her text book Experiential Unity theory and model: reclaiming your soul published in 2012 is aligned with the principles of a Trauma Informed Practice. Alyson has taught her model at both International and Canadian conferences. Alyson was born in Zimbabwe and trained as a Social worker in South Africa. She launched her Social work career in London, England and then emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. Her self help book Reclaim your soul your path to healing published in 2014 also builds on Trauma informed principles. Her website is alysonquinnwrites.com


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