CTRI’s mission is to inspire learning and improve lives. We believe access to knowledge and skill development changes individual lives, communities, and organizations. We envision a future where everyone has access to high quality mental health, counseling, and violence prevention resources. We aspire to be the most trusted, accessible, and widely known provider of these resources.
While not exhaustive, and in no particular order, these guiding principles inform how we approach the development of our training materials and our work with people:
- Trauma Informed Approach
We recognize the prevalence of trauma in our world and how pervasive the impact can be on all people. In any service delivery this requires the promotion of a sense of safety, trust, and choice for individuals and an approach of compassion and collaboration.
- Holistic Understanding of Health
We value approaches to human physical and mental health that incorporate a consideration of all aspects of a human being, integrating physical, mental, spiritual, and social dimensions.
- Respect for Cultural Diversity
We honor the diversity of beliefs and practices that make up individual value systems. Overall health and positive service is promoted when there is an effort to increase awareness and respect of each client’s ethnicity, nationality, spirituality, gender, sexual orientation, level of ability, and socioeconomic status.
- Responsibility for Reconciliation with Indigenous Communities
We recognize the privilege that comes with being invited into Indigenous communities to train and work alongside people from these cultural traditions. We understand that with this privilege comes a responsibility to acknowledge cultural biases, as well as honor the impact of colonialism and inter-generational trauma. Fundamental to all our work with Indigenous peoples is building relationships and listening humbly with an open heart and mind.
- Recognition of Diverse Natural Strengths and Paths to Healing
We value that people needing support have natural strengths and ways of healing. Our training strives to incorporate a strengths-based approach that includes both formal and informal strategies for helping.
- Acknowledgement of Multiple Roles of Helpers
We recognize that care and service is provided in our communities by both formally trained counselors and paraprofessionals. Our material strives to be accessible to all care and service providers.
- Integration of Best Practices and Promising Practices
We recognize that the development of strategies for helping and service delivery are continually evolving as learning and research advances. We build our training materials by integrating the best research evidence relevant to each field with both established and emerging promising practices. These are identified using the clinical expertise and collective wisdom of experienced practitioners and in consideration of the best fit for the communities we work with.