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Michelle Gibson, MSW, RSW


Michelle Gibson, Trainer at CTRI

Michelle is a Registered Social Worker who is an experienced practitioner who has practiced in the area of inpatient and outpatient mental health, forensic social work and psycho-social rehabilitation following a motor vehicle accident. She is a co-author of our Counselling Insights book. Michelle has a private practice where she focuses on mental health and trauma therapy with individuals, and also provides assessments for the provincial children’s lawyer.  She believes in the inherent abilities of individuals and communities to heal themselves, and that this healing can be assisted by an empathetic approach and an emphasis on the mind-body connection. When Michelle is not at her practice or facilitating for CTRI, she is an instructor at Western University in family studies and social work. As a facilitator, she is a warm and engaging presenter who uses are examples and strategies that participants can bring directly into their practice.

March 2020

Trauma

Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress

Mar 11 - Mar 12, 2020 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Price: $ 459.00 (regular rate)
Photo of woman sitting at therapy for Trauma - Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Workshop

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.

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May 2020

Walking Through Grief

Helping Others Deal with Loss

May 26 - May 27, 2020 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Price: $ 409.00 (*early rate) $ 459.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires May 05, 2020
Photo of person with negative emotion facial expression feeling body language for Walking through Grief workshop

Every person will experience grief and loss – a profound sense of final separation from something or someone important. Grief is a normal and appropriate reaction to the death of a loved one, the experience of separation/divorce, intergenerational loss, or the loss of opportunity. While there are similarities in how individuals work through loss, grief is a complicated and unique experience that requires helpers to be sensitive to the needs and experiences of those they are supporting.

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June 2020

Vicarious Trauma

Strategies for Resilience

Jun 08, 2020 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Price: $ 219.00 (*early rate) $ 249.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires May 18, 2020
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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