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Refugees and Trauma – Understanding and Supporting Resilience

Oct 17 - Oct 18, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM)

Calgary, Alberta – Executive Royal Inn & Conference Centre

Trainer: Marwa Fadol, MA, RPsych

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About the trainer

Marwa Fadol, MA, RPsych

Marwa is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta, holding a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria. She works as a Mental Health Therapist at the School Based Mental Health Program with Alberta Health Services, providing therapeutic services to children and youth ages 6 - 18. Marwa also consults with school professionals around areas of mental health in the school setting. In her private practice she works with families around various issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and family relationships. In addition, Marwa consults with a variety of professionals and organizations around the topic of cultural diversity, specifically around working with immigrant and refugee families, and with Muslim families. As a clinician she believes that people are the experts in their own lives and have within them the strength and the capacity to enact change. Marwa approaches her work through an attachment and developmental lens, and sees that her role as a therapist is to help empower people to write their own life stories, to explore their own values and beliefs about how the world works, and to develop authentic fulfilling relationships. As a trainer she brings warmth and humour and draws on her varied experiences to make for an engaging, relevant training experience.

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CTRI is pleased to support the efforts of individuals and organizations working with refugees by offering this workshop at a 50% discount from our normal workshop rate.

Refugee individuals and families carry with them vulnerability, potential post-traumatic stress as well as strengths and stories of resilience.  This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects individuals and families physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually.  Impact and recovery from the migration experience will be examined through a neuro-psychological lens as well as a meaning-making lens to identify key areas helpers can focus their support. Participants will be given an opportunity to understand their own response as helpers to working with refugees and trauma so they are better equipped to enhance refugees’ capacities to recover, adapt and flourish in the next phase of their lives.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

Day 1
  • What is Trauma?
  • Types of Trauma and Community Impact
  • Definitions of Traumatic Impact
  • Trauma, the Body and the Brain
  • Nature’s Design for Human Survival
  • The Role of Memory in Trauma and Healing
  • Expected and Normal Impact of Refugee Experience
  • Supporting Recovery after Trauma
  • Role of the Helper
Day 2
  • Post-Trauma Stress and Recovery
  • Overview of Treating Trauma over Time
  • Exercises for Emotional Regulation
  • Working with Boundaries
  • Dissociation
  • Points for Supporting Children
  • Signs of Health
  • Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Trauma
  • Additional Considerations of Impact and Coping for Refugees

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social workers, social service and health care professionals, teachers and anyone supporting people through the refugee and migration experience.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review and small group discussion.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  •  Define trauma and understand the possible variations of potential impact.
  • Identify aspects of the refugee experience that can lead to trauma or to increased resilience.
  • Describe the connection between traumatic experience and post traumatic stress symptoms.
  • Summarize key capacities that helpers can support to increase the protective factors of resilience for refugee individuals and families.
  • List signs of vicarious trauma for helpers and steps for prevention.


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October 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am
October 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Calgary, Alberta – Executive Royal Inn & Conference Centre
2828-23rd Street NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8T4 Canada
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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 shoppping cart, add quanitity 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)

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Alberta College of Social Workers
*Category A Competency Credit

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)

Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada

Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)

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