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Trish Harper, MSW, RSW


Trish Harper, Trainer for CTRI

Trish has worked in many diverse mental health settings with families, youth and children providing direct practice for over 20 years. She has a Master of Social Work degree as well as an undergraduate degree in psychology, and has completed professional training in trauma resolution therapy. She is also a co-author of our Counselling Insights book. Trish believes that real change happens through relationship, authenticity and the use of skillful empathy. In addition to her work with CTRI, she maintains a small private practice, specializing in recovery from early adverse experiences, PTSD, anxiety, depression, vicarious trauma and burnout, and she continues to have a special passion for helping children, youth and families. As a trainer, Trish is a gifted listener who works to facilitate training that encourages genuine insight, compassion and a collective learning experience.

October 2019

Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience

Oct 08, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 219.00 (*early rate) $ 249.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires September 17, 2019
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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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Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies

Oct 22, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 219.00 (*early rate) $ 249.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires October 01, 2019
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Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signalling the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress. While every person experiences anxiety, it is estimated that over a quarter of the population will experience anxiety at levels that cause distress in their lives.

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Depression – Practical Intervention Strategies

Oct 23, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 219.00 (*early rate) $ 249.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires October 02, 2019
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Depression is one of the most commonly experienced mental health concerns. The symptoms can become overwhelming, self-perpetuating, and lead to feelings of helplessness. Helpers may feel unsure of where to begin when supporting those who frequently feel depleted, helpless, and ashamed of their struggles. This workshop explores a holistic understanding of the causes, impact, and treatment of depression.

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November 2019

Board Development Training – The Fundamentals of Governance

Nov 16, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 259.00 (*early rate) $ 299.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires October 26, 2019

This workshop is offered through ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance.

Board governance, when done poorly, creates significant frustration for its members and can lead to organizational dysfunction. When they are run well, boards contribute to the vibrancy and success of the organization they govern.

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Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth

Nov 23, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 99.00 (*early rate) $ 119.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires November 02, 2019
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Low-cost weekend training.

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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December 2019

Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress

Dec 03 - Dec 04, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 409.00 (*early rate) $ 459.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires November 12, 2019
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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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February 2020

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Tools for Thinking Differently

Feb 11, 2020 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 219.00 (*early rate) $ 249.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires January 21, 2020
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Many of the challenges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, and present-oriented form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well-known, researched, and practiced forms of therapy available to us.

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Narrative Therapy – Tools for Exploring Stories

Feb 12, 2020 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 219.00 (*early rate) $ 249.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires January 22, 2020
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We are all influenced by stories. In some of these stories, we are active players; other stories are thrust upon us. When problems occur (as they inevitably do), “problem stories” have a tendency to overshadow other stories. A narrative counselling framework seeks to explore the numerous stories that shape and influence identity, problems, and preferred directions in life.

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March 2020

Mindfulness Counselling Strategies – Activating Compassion and Regulation

Mar 25 - Mar 26, 2020 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 409.00 (*early rate) $ 459.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires March 04, 2020
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The ability to regulate one’s body and find balance in emotion, thought, and physical health is at the core of healing and well-being. This workshop is designed to first teach participants to develop these skills for themselves. From this base, the application of mindfulness-based strategies in counselling work is explored.

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Anxiety in Children and Youth – Practical Intervention Strategies

Mar 28, 2020 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 99.00 (*early rate) $ 119.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires March 07, 2020
Photo of Anxiety in children

Low-cost weekend training.

Childhood and adolescence are critical times for emotional and psychological development. During these stages, anxiety patterns can begin that continue into adulthood. Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signalling the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress.

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Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled seven 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 seven 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 and accommodation 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 refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m., unless otherwise stated. For live-stream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.

Group Registration Instructions

To register a group for a workshop, choose the appropriate number you would like to register for the selected workshop, and fill in all the relevant information.

Concerns and Grievances

If concerns arise at any time throughout the registration process, please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199, or email [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 in order to have a positive learning experience.

Continuing Education Credit

Check our Continuing Education Credit page to find out which associations and organizations accept our workshops for credit.