Trauma is a wound that injures us emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. As a result, the impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system. A framework which describes different stages in the process of regulating and resolving the impact of trauma is reviewed. Protective steps for enhancing helper wellbeing are also provided. Participants will learn key principles and strategies for working with trauma that apply to a diverse range of experiences and which can be applied to all ages.
Credit Hours (CEU)
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Define trauma and understand the possible variations of potential impact
- Identify key assessment areas for individuals who have experienced traumatic events
- Describe the connection between traumatic experiences and post-traumatic stress symptoms
- Understand the role of the helper in supporting individuals
- Develop a treatment plan for supporting individuals who have experienced trauma
- Describe some key strategies and principles for working with people impacted by trauma
Some of the Topics Reviewed
- When is a Person Traumatized?
- Types of Trauma – Developmental, Shock, Relational, Intergenerational
- Definitions of Post-Traumatic Impact
- Trauma – Immediate Symptoms and Impact
- Longer Term Impacts of Trauma
- The Impact of Trauma on the Body and the Brain
- The Role of Memory in Trauma and Healing
- Strategies for Moving into Regulated States
- Tools for Emotion Regulation
- Helping Someone Who is Dissociating
- Treating Trauma Over Time
- Safety and Stabilization
- Separating the Past from the Present and Future
- Reconnection and Resilience
About this Workshop
ABOUT THE TRAINER
John Koop-Harder, MSW, RSW
John has been working as a therapist and trainer for almost 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a co-author of our Counselling Insights book. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences.
This is an intermediate level workshop for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone working with people who have experienced trauma.