CTRI’s mission is to inspire learning and improve lives. We envision a world where everyone is trauma-informed.
We aspire to offer quality training and be the most trusted, accessible provider of counselling skills, mental health, and violence prevention resources.
These core beliefs guide our approach to the development of our materials and services:
We utilize a trauma-informed approach.
We recognize the prevalence and impact of trauma in all communities and that everyone contributes to overall health and resilience. Trauma-informed service delivery requires an approach characterized by compassion and collaboration. It promotes trauma awareness, fosters safety, provides choice, and highlights strengths in our own experiences and work with others.
We hold a holistic understanding of health.
We value approaches to mental and physical health that consider all aspects of a human being, including mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical dimensions.
We value diverse cultures and identities.
We honour the diversity of identities, beliefs, values, and practices of the people we encounter through our work. Organizations and individuals are healthier and perform better when efforts are made to increase awareness and respect for the uniqueness of each person, including their ethnicity, nationality, spirituality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability level, immigration status, and socioeconomic standing. We acknowledge that deep prejudices, racism, and violence toward minority groups pervade society, and that we have a responsibility to work against structures and attitudes that oppress others.
We value our relationships with Indigenous communities.
We recognize the privilege that comes with being invited into Indigenous communities to train and work together. We understand that with this privilege comes a responsibility to acknowledge cultural biases, as well as honour the ongoing impact of colonialism and intergenerational trauma. Building relationships and listening humbly with an open heart and mind are fundamental to all our work with Indigenous peoples.
We recognize diverse natural strengths and pathways to healing.
We know that people have their own natural strengths and ways of healing that should be supported. Our trainings incorporate a strengths-based approach that includes both formal and informal strategies for helping.
We acknowledge both formal and informal helpers.
We recognize that support services are provided in the communities and organizations we work with by formally trained counsellors, paraprofessionals, and peers. Our material strives to be accessible to a diversity of care and service providers.
We are dedicated to ongoing development.
We recognize that strategies for helping and service delivery are constantly evolving. We strive to ensure that our training materials integrate current research, emerging methods, and best practices. These are identified using the clinical expertise and collective wisdom of experienced practitioners. We also listen carefully to collaboratively learn from the culture and wisdom of the communities and organizations in which we facilitate training – our materials are flexible and applicable to a wide range of potential clients and participants.