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Trauma Informed Practice Training Level 1 Certificate: Trauma and the Body

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Certificate in Trauma Informed Practice for professional practice and/or personal development.

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The Trauma Informed Practice Institute is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education. If you are interested in receiving CE credits for your participation in this workshop, please be sure to add this option to your registration.

Please note, this workshop will be held online via Zoom and the link will be sent out 48 hours prior to the start of the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

This workshop will provide participants with tools, knowledge, and some expertise on how to assist clients with trauma and understand how trauma impacts the healing process. Research supports that knowledge of Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) is critical to helping clients move through barriers to healing. The Level 1 training includes how embodied emotion and trauma memory is stored in the body and ways it can be released. The workshop provides both didactic and experiential exercises to facilitate deeper integration of knowledge.

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the ways in which trauma impacts the body
  • Describe the human social engagement/ communication system and its relevance and significance for TIP
  • Assess how well therapeutic models and/or interventions align with the principles of TIP
  • Describe the window of tolerance and recognize the signs associated with states of hyper- and hypo-arousal
  • Identify signs and symptoms of trauma
  • Create safety for clients

Topics Covered:

  • Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Signs and Symptoms of Trauma
  • Window of Tolerance
  • Creating a Safe Space for Trauma Healing and Attunement
  • Overview of Therapeutic Models consistent with Trauma Informed Practice
  • Live Demonstrations of a Trauma Informed Somatic Approach
  • Trauma Triggers and How to Release Core Beliefs
  • Experiential Exercises for Working with Disconnected Clients

Intended Audience:

Anyone with an interest in Trauma Informed Practice, both professionally and personally, is invited to attend the training. This program is designed to assist individuals with no, little, or substantive expertise in the content area, as well as graduate students in relevant disciplines.

Typical Workshop Schedule:

  • 9:00 AM: Registration Opens for 'CE Credit' Attendees
  • 9:15 AM: General Registration Opens
  • 9:30 AM: Workshop Starts
  • 12:15-12:45 PM: Lunch Break (approximate time only)
  • 4:00 PM: Workshop Ends

Continuing Education Credits (Optional):

This workshop is approved for 6 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 80% and declaration of full attendance.

Important: If you are interested in receiving CE credits for your participation in this workshop, please be sure to add this option to your registration and follow the specified instructions (e.g., early registration and completion of final quiz). More details will be provided prior to the start of the workshop.

CPA Disclaimer: "The Trauma Informed Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program."

For further inquiries, please contact: tipi.training@gmail.com


Alyson Quinn, MSW, RPC

Alyson has been an adjunct professor at UBC School of Social work for 7 years and is presently teaching in the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology. She has been a counsellor for 30 years specializing in group therapy, trauma therapy, and conflict resolution. She is a clinical counsellor with a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Royal Roads University. Alyson has taught students in a Trauma Informed Counselling class, in a group work class, and also in an Integrative Seminar and has a great deal of experience as an individual and couples counsellor. She is an author of 3 published books. Alyson’s Pedagogy for an Integrative Practice is published in the textbook, Holistic Engagement: Transformative Social Work Education in the 21st Century. Her textbook, Experiential Unity Theory and Model: Reclaiming Your Soul, published in 2012, is aligned with the principles of a Trauma Informed Practice. Alyson has taught her model at both International and Canadian conferences. Alyson was born in Zimbabwe and trained as a social worker in South Africa. She launched her social work career in London, England and then emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. Her self-help book, Reclaim Your Soul: Your Path to Healing, published in 2014, also builds on trauma informed principles. Her website is alysonquinnwrites.com.

Robbie Ruddell, MA, RCC

Robbie completed a Master of Arts in Psychology and Italian at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Following this, he started his counsellor education at the University of Cambridge, UK where he attended specialized training in working therapeutically through the use of creative arts. From there he returned home to Vancouver, Canada where he completed his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Robbie completed part of his practicum degree requirements at the Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Services with the Fraser Health Authority. During this placement, Robbie had the opportunity to work alongside Alyson Quinn, implementing her Experiential Unity Theory and Model to co-facilitate several crisis stabilization groups for individuals experiencing acute emotional distress. Robbie and Alyson are currently in the process of writing a book with the aim of supporting clinicians to integrate Quinn’s model into their practices. Previously, Robbie worked as a Career Advisor with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers at UBC. He also worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology at UBC, supporting students with their multidisciplinary research projects . He has further assisted teaching for courses on developmental, social, personality, and clinical psychology. In Robbie’s clinical practice, he utilizes a trauma informed lens with an emphasis on integrative modalities that assist clients in relying on the inherent wisdom of their bodies to guide the therapeutic work. He is deeply informed by the works of Carl Rogers, the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and somatic-based modalities and healing practices. His website is www.mycasacura.com.

Feedback Received from Past Participants of this Training:

"I enjoyed the workshop very much. I used the concepts learned the day after, and the positive results were immediate.”

"Being able to practice the breathe and feel and metaphor and tapping and mindfulness/ breathing exercises was very helpful. Having Alyson as a resource during the exercises was also helpful".

“I loved it! Thank you for sharing your valuable wisdom”.

"I really appreciated the clinical experience and that it was research based.”

“Great, clear delivery and presented at the perfect level. Excellent!”

"The course was practical to a broad range of support industries”.

“I really appreciated the integrative approach of the different interventions.”

“Appreciated the experiential exercises, the real-life demos of sessions, and the language to use with clients. I also liked that the instructors addressed the audience’s questions and wonderings.”

“It was a wonderful workshop! Will recommend to others! Thank-you for sharing your knowledge and experience.”

“I really appreciated the anecdotal evidence from both of your practices – and the handout! I also appreciate all the tools, tricks and strategies that I am walking away with! “

“I enjoyed this course immensely!!”

“I really enjoyed the in-depth look at trauma.”

“I really appreciated the info about trauma and the brain, EUT, and tapping – thank-you!”

“I appreciated thinking of trauma in terms of the body and where trauma is held. I also appreciated moving the focus away from talking exclusively”.

“Great workshop!!”

“The opportunity to practice using the tools and applying the knowledge – being encouraged to connect with your own intuition and that it is essential to do this work more effectively – love having more tools to help my clients heal trauma and transform”.

“Thank you! This is tremendously important work: uplifting and empowering for all”.

“Thank-you for everything! It was a wonderful experience!”

“I enjoyed the practice and enjoyed the science-based approach.”

Cancellation Policy

If you need to change and/or cancel your registration for any reason, please feel free to reach out to us directly at least 48 hours before the event to receive a full refund. Please note, Eventbrite's fee is non-refundable. Cancellation requests made following the event will not receive a refund. Please submit all requests to tipi.training@gmail.com.

Please notify us if you do not receive a Zoom link prior to the start of the event. To date we have found that when participants do not receive the Zoom link the most common issue has been an error with the email address provided at time of registration (e.g., email address misspelled). We strongly encourage you to double check your email address to ensure you receive the proper communications from us.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and/or concerns, we will be happy to help!

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