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Larisa Levalds, MA, RP


Larisa Levalds, Trainer at CTRI

Larisa is a Registered Psychotherapist, holds her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, and is a CAPT Certified Play Therapists. She is also affiliated with Play Therapy Canada as a Supervisor for the Adler Institute Play therapy Diploma & Degree program. Larisa has close to 15 years experience working with children, individuals, and families in a therapeutic capacity. In addition to training with CTRI, she has a private practice where she specializes in childhood attachment, trauma, and a wide range of behavioural and emotional dysregulation issues. Larisa believes in the innate resiliency of children and youth, and in the inner strength of a family system to overcome their stressors when given the necessary supports and environment in which to do so. As a facilitator, she brings a dynamic, interactive, and playful component to her workshops. Larisa’s presentation abilities are personable, engaging, and she focusses on providing participants with ready to use skills and a focus on self-care.

January 2019

Attachment and Families – Strategies for Engaging and Helping

Jan 28 - Jan 29, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 445.00 (regular rate)
Image of man playing with child for Attachment and Families workshop

Our first experiences of forming and maintaining relationships happen within the family context. These early attachment patterns influence how a person continues to engage with others and form adult relationships. Whether you are working with one person or the whole family, considering the flow of stress as well as resilience through relationships is critical.

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February 2019

Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth – Issues and Strategies

Feb 27 - Feb 28, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 399.00 (*early rate) $ 445.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 06, 2019
Photo for Self Injury Behaviour in Youth, Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute, CTRI

Self-injury refers to deliberate, self-inflicted tissue damage such as cutting or burning. Self-injury has reached alarming proportions among our youth; studies show that 14-24% of adolescents and young adults have engaged in this behaviour at least once, with a quarter of these reporting current, chronic self-injury. Helpers are increasingly encountering young people who are involved with self-injury.

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April 2019

Play Therapy – Tools for Helping Children and Youth

Apr 11 - Apr 12, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 399.00 (*early rate) $ 445.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires March 21, 2019
Image of child playing in paint for Play Therapy workshop

Children express themselves, learn about their world, and feel most at ease when playing. This interactive workshop focuses on how to use play therapy strategies to help children and youth positively cope and work through stressful life experiences. Participants will become familiar with Play Therapy theory, clinical guiding principles, and various directive and non-directive creative interventions to use with a wide age range of children and youth.

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Live Stream: Play Therapy – Tools for Helping Children and Youth

Apr 11 - Apr 12, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM Central Time)
Price: $ 399.00 (*early rate) $ 445.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires March 21, 2019
Image of child playing in paint for Play Therapy workshop

This is a live stream event, please check our system requirements prior to registering.

Children express themselves, learn about their world, and feel most at ease when playing. This interactive workshop focuses on how to use play therapy strategies to help children and youth positively cope and work through stressful life experiences. Participants will become familiar with Play Therapy theory, clinical guiding principles, and various directive and non-directive creative interventions to use with a wide age range of children and youth.

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May 2019

Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth

May 06, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires April 15, 2019
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The ability to thrive and manage life’s difficulties is greatly influenced by our mental wellbeing from an early age. Children and youth need supports in their lives to help navigate the challenges that come along with mental health, and to connect them with the necessary support and services. This workshop provides a general overview of the common mental illnesses for children and youth, including the signs and symptoms, themes for treatment, and the controversies that surround some of the diagnoses.

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June 2019

Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience

Jun 20, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 209.00 (*early rate) $ 235.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires May 30, 2019
Vicarious Trauma photo of tranquil young woman sitting on the beach

Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful.

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Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled 7 or more days prior to the workshop are refundable, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Alternatively you may receive a credit to attend a future training. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the workshop are non-refundable. If at any time you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify CTRI of the name of the alternate person who will be attending.

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or under-enrolment. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop fees only. Please make travel arrangements with this in mind.

Limited Seating

Register Early! To better facilitate group interaction, seating is limited.

Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

You Will Receive

A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon to 1:00 PM, unless otherwise stated above. For livestream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.

Group Registration Instructions

To register a group for a workshop, register for selected workshop, then once in shopping cart, add quantity of participants and provide names of all participants.

Concerns and Grievances

If concerns arise throughout your interaction with the CTRI office or our workshop please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected].

Special Accommodations
for Disabilities

Please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected] to discuss any special needs or accommodations you may require to have a positive learning experience.

Continuing Education Credit

While many associations and licensing bodies accept CTRI workshops for continuing education credits, questions about approval should be directed to the specific association or licensing body for which you are requesting the credits. Credit hours: A two day workshops earns 12 continuing education hours and a one day workshop earns 6 hours. A certificate will be awarded upon the completion of the workshop.

The following associations have formally approved our workshops:

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
www.ccpa-accp.ca

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
www.cpca-rpc.ca

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
www.aswb.org

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
www.nbcc.org

Alberta College of Social Workers
www.acsw.ab.ca
*Category A Competency Credit

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)
www.vracanada.com

Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada
www.acctcounsellor.com

Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)
www.cavewas.com

Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
http://www.caccf.ca/
*Three of our workshops are formally approved with CACCF: Addictions & Mental Illness, Harm Reduction and Motivating Change. For other workshops contact CACCF directly to inquire about approval.

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